Redskins notes: Sept. 3

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

…This probably doesn’t mean much, but Evan Royster is listed No. 1 on the depth chart at running back. However, even he isn’t sure who’s going to start vs. New Orleans.

“I think they’ll keep us in the dark until the day before the game,” he said. “It makes us all compete. It’s not like one of us is going in as a starter. We’re all here working to get that spot.”

Roy Helu is listed No. 2 while Alfred Morris is No. 3.

…Morris said regardless of whether he starts or not, he’d like to continue covering punts and kickoffs.

“Just so I can run down and hit somebody,” he said.

Of course, if he starts there’s no way he’ll play special teams too. And, for what it’s worth, he said he’s not listed as a starter on any special teams units right now.

…For what it’s worth, Josh Morgan is listed as the starting Z receiver, ahead of Leonard Hankerson. Based on preseason production, that’s how it should be. Santana Moss is the No. 2 X receiver behind Pierre Garcon. Moss will mostly play in the slot this season.

…Corner Crezdon Butler said recovering from his dislocated ankle injury, which also tore ligaments, was difficult. He tore it in practice the week after the season opener and spent the year on injured reserve with Arizona.

“It was very difficult,” he said. “Playing the position I play, I need my speed. That was the first thing that went when I broke my ankle. I was like, man I don’t have speed no more. But I rehabbed and it took me a year to fully get back. I’m ready.”

The Redskins signed Butler on Saturday, giving them five corners. At 6-foot, 191 pounds he has good size for a corner. He said Arizona, which cut him last week, wanted him back for the practice squad. He also said having played in Pittsburgh’s camp two years ago and now with Arizona, he has a good feel for the system Washington runs. Both Arizona and Washington’s defense has its roots in Pittsburgh.

…Receiver Dezmon Briscoe said he wasn’t nervous about final cuts because he felt he had played well enough to earn a job somewhere. There’s another reason he wasn’t nervous: coach Mike Shanahan called him in for a chat the previous day.

“On a personal level, getting to know each other,” Briscoe said. “That helped out because when coach calls you in that means he likes you. That helped your self-esteem out a whole lot more knowing the head coach wants to get to know you a little better.”

…Linebacker Chris Wilson on what it means to make the roster after sitting out last season: “It means everything. This is my home. When I first came to this organization after being here five years and realizing I want to make this my home… to be able to do something special in this area and team means that much more.”

...Injury report on Brian Orakpo and Kory Lichtensteiger.

Practice squad additions.

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