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Shanahan discussed the players the Redskins added this week during an extraordinarily compressed period of free agency. It got so busy that the coach pulled a Joe Gibbs on Thursday night and spent the night in his Redskins Park office.
The Redskins re-signed receiver Santana Moss and signed defensive tackle Barry Cofield, receiver Donte' Stallworth, cornerback Josh Wilson, quarterback Kellen Clemens, defensive end Stephen Bowen, guard Chris Chester and punter Sav Rocca. All agreed to terms earlier in the week, but they couldn't sign their contracts before Friday at 6 p.m. under the NFL's post-lockout rules.
Shanahan said the Redskins were proactive because they needed to improve in "a lot of different areas." The makeover is also part of the coach's effort to shape the feel of the team more to his liking.
"The one great thing going into your second year, you get to evaluate everybody," he said, "and put your football team together, the type of personalities that you think fit into your type of mindset."
One notable name absent from the list of incoming players is receiver Brandon Stokley, who decided not to join the Redskins after initially agreeing to a deal. Shanahan said he suggested that Stokley pursue other options after Washington acquired Jabar Gaffney in a trade with Denver.
About 60 players were on the field for the first practice, or roughly two-thirds of the number allowed under the new rules. The incoming veteran free agents won't be allowed to practice until Aug. 4 — assuming a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.
The Redskins did have all 12 draft picks signed and present, including first-round linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who agreed to terms late Thursday. Kerrigan, however, hyperextended a knee during the morning practice. An MRI was negative, but he has a bone bruise and is expected to be sidelined for a few days.
Beck, meanwhile, was getting all the first-team snaps, repetition after repetition, with Chappell mopping up the rest.
"Having this week where I do get the majority of the reps, I'm lovin' it," Beck said. "Because I want all those reps. Because reps for me equal experience, and experience helps me win."
Notes: S LaRon Landry, S Kareem Moore and LB Robert Henson were placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Landry has been nursing Achilles' tendon, shoulder and wrist injuries. He said the shoulder and wrist are OK, but he's playing it safe with the leg. "Just want to make sure it's strong enough to endure the whole season," he said. Moore and Henson are recovering from knee injuries. ... Players wore shorts for the morning practice, but that did little to counter the oppressive heat that was settling in. Shanahan said five players needed IVs afterward. ... The Redskins also re-signed CB Byron Westbrook.
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