Late this summer, though, the conversation has centered largely on the men who would unseat Antwaan Randle el as the Redskins' No. 2 wide receiver, second-year players Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas. Both are bigger. Both are faster. Both, at this point in their careers, have more upside. And Randle El's approach to both of them amounts to some warm, cuddly version of, "Bring it on."
Lost in the offseason improvement of both Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly -- who have combined for 11 catches in three preseason games -- is the fact that Antwaan Randle el, 30, is still expected to be a significant member of the offense, not to mention the primary punt returner. Heading into Thursday's final preseason game at Jacksonville, the Redskins have given Thomas, Kelly and rookie Marko Mitchell more opportunities on offense -- Randle El has only two catches for 22 yards -- and Dominique Dorsey and Keith Eloi have handled punt return duties.
But even if Kelly or Thomas bounces Randle El from the second wide receiver spot behind Moss, the primary downfield target, Zorn believes Randle El can still play. And, in fact, he will play, even if Kelly and Thomas improve.
"I think his skill level is high," Zorn said. "I think his camp was excellent. He didn't miss a day. He ran hard. He's run all three positions and done whatever we've asked."