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Fan Mailbag: Is the Wildcat An Option This Year?


Wondering about a player's status? Trying to recall a past game? Want some insight on the Redskins?'s Gary Fitzgerald opens up the mailbag on Tuesday and answers fan questions.

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Question: Do you think the Redskins will deploy the Wildcat offense in any capacity this season? If so, who would be the primary candidate to take snaps?

-- Matt F.

Gary: With the departure of Antwaan Randle El, the Redskins no longer have a player with his unique skill set to run the Wildcat formation. For now, players are focused on learning the intricacies of the Redskins' new offense, so learning the Wildcat is not a priority for Mike and Kyle Shanahan. Given its prevalance, always keep an eye out for it. Who are the Wildcat options? Pure speculation, but I can envision Larry Johnson effectively running the ball out of the Wildcat. (The Miami Dolphins frequently run the ball with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams out of the Wildcat, and both Brown and Williams are big-sized backs like Johnson.) Don't forget that Clinton Portis has tossed three touchdown passes in his career, so he could be a candidate as well.

Question: I train in mixed martial arts and recently it has come to my attention that the Atlanta Falcons have started putting players through MMA training and conditioning. Are there any weird and quirky training methods used by the new Redskins coaches?

-- James G.

Gary: In years past, the Redskins have had a boxing trainer on hand at Redskins Park during off-season workouts. He was particularly helpful for offensive and defensive linemen to refine their handwork and punch coming off the line of scrimmage. This year, the Redskins are using pilates to help players "get stronger from the knees to the top of the chest," head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright told Redskins blogger Matt Terl. The program focuses on the core postural muscles and helps with balance. Said Kedric Golston: "[Pilates] works every single muscle in your body with virtually no impact on your joints."

Question: I'm wondering how Maake Kemoeatu is doing? Is he able to participate fully? Is he fully recovered from surgery?

-- Simon D.

Gary: Kemoeatu is returning from a ruptured Achilles injury suffered in preseason last year when he was with the Carolina Panthers. He has only recently started participating in Redskins OTAs, doing some light work with the defensive linemen. "I should be ready for the [June 16-18] mini-camp," he said. "My strength is coming on slowly."

Question: Are any of the training camps going to be open to the public?

-- Maureen M.

Gary: Yes, training camp practices will be open to the public at Redskins Park this summer. Dates have not been announced yet. Please stay tuned!

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