Biggs: Kelly excited about future with Redskins
One of the shortcomings of the Washington Redskins offense under Jim Zorn, among the many, was the failure of the team to utilize Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas, the wide receivers drafted in the second round in 2008.
The Redskins offense badly needed a target on the outside that wasn’t named Santana Moss, and needed to diversify the passing attack beyond him and tight end Chris Cooley. From the sounds of things, Kelly is excited that he can be a part of a brighter future.
Jason Reid of the Washington Post caught up with Kelly shortly after he had his first chat with new coach Mike Shanahan.
"One of the first things he said was they're really going to put me in a lot of situations where I'll be isolated. A lot of one-on-one situations where I can take advantage of my size," Kelly told Reid. "Man, that's what I've been waiting to hear.
"We're talking, and Coach Shanahan asked me if I had seen any film on how his son ran that offense down there," Kelly said. "I told him that as it just so happens, I have all of Andre Johnson's cut-ups from this past season. I just watched Andre Johnson to watch how he would work during the season.
"He told me he wants to put me on those types of situations where I can take advantage of my size. And then he just started talking about my hands. He said, 'We're going to find ways to get you the ball.' He told me he's going to find ways to show specifically what I can do.”
Kelly not only has terrific size at 6-4, 227 pounds, scouts have said his hands aren’t just the best on the Redskins, they are some of the best in the NFC. Kelly just hasn’t had much of an opportunity to display his pass-catching ability, although he did give a glimpse in the season-ending loss at San Diego when he made five catches for 109 yards.
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