Try saying the above title five times fast -- and maybe you will be able to keep up with the dizzying pace of Training Camp 2011 and the madness that usually surrounds the Redskins in March and April -- all combined in to a two week span.
The Redskins keep filling out their roster, by bringing back some trusted veterans and familiar faces. Tuesday, they officially welcomed Rex Grossman back. Wednesday -- Rocky McIntosh, Reed Doughty and ESPN 980 first reported, Kedric Golston re-joined the fray.
Grossman's return is the most significant (big picture) of the four recent moves. Obviously, he provides an immediate challenge to the assumed starter, John Beck.
Grossman told Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on Wednesday on ESPN 980; "I wanted to be part of this offense. I love the concepts of the routes and how he (Kyle Shanahan) coaches the Quarterbacks."
Grossman, is very determined to win the starting job - obviously. Getting to know him a little bit better, I can sense a different determination about him. He knows he has a chance. Last year, he was new to Washington and knew his chances were based on injury or an extreme circusmstance.
'Sexy Rexy' also feels that the defense will be much better this year, along with an improved offense that should force him to take less chances and be a little more careful. That has to be the hope for everyone. Maybe -- if the defense can stay healthy and limit opponents to 14-17 points a game most weeks -- Grossman will not feel like he has to score 24 + points.
As for the other moves, in order of importance -- I would rank them this way. Reed Doughty coming back is at the top of the list, followed by Golston and last but not least, McIntosh.
Doughty, tweeted that he signed a three-year contract and provides experienced depth at strong and free safety. It's not just a solid re-signing because of Doughty's versatility and experience - but also because he plays hard on special teams, he is a solid tackler and perhaps most important -- gives the Redskins at least a somewhat proven insurance policy for LaRon Landry.
Landry's Achilles continues to at the very least, limit him. It's obviously a problem that is going to require a lot of monitoring, and is a significant worry going forward. I don't worry about Landry as much in September - as I would in November. Especially with the bye week coming at such an early date (after Week 4).
Golston, essentially replaces Vonnie Holliday, as a younger body along with the other defensive ends as part of a likely five-man rotation. The Redskins now have Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Jarvis Jenkins, and Golston that are pretty much locks.
They could go with a six man group on the defensive line, which would include Barry Cofield and either Anthony Bryant or Chris Neild. If the Redskins go seven; which is more likely -- they could keep Darrion Scott or Joe Joseph. Cofield could also play the defensive-end position, which would allow Washington to keep Bryant and Neild.
McIntosh is far from a shoe-in to ultimately make the roster. He should, but it is hardly a guarantee. As of now the Redskins have London Fletcher and Perry Riley as the likely starters. Lorenzo Alexander has been taking reps inside, and Horatio (the former H.B.) Blades along with Robert Henson, still have spots on the roster.
Henson has a tough battle ahead to make the roster, and that might be an understatement. Blades is a scrappy veteran who is good on special teams. Alexander, might be counted on to play back at outside linebacker, because he is familiar with the position and Ryan Kerrigan is obviously behind.
Riley, has flashed a lot of talent and aggression for a young player -- is still learning how to play the game at this level. Bottom line - if somebody has a big pre-season, McIntosh could be released.
Remember, rosters are at 90 for the first few weeks of August, and will have to be cut down to 75 and then 53 by September 3. Washington has to cut or trade (for no players in return) 37 players between now and then.
Obviously, some tough calls have to be made. The Redskins, by re-signing all of these players are not obligated to their veteran salaries until they are on the opening week roster.
Basically for very little money spent, the Redskins might be able to trade McIntosh or other guys -- to teams that are thin at a specific position because of injury and extract something in return; for basically nothing.