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Redskins' Raymer hopes to keep low profile in rookie scrimmage


FROSTBURG -- Centers don't tend to get noticed very often, and Cory Raymer hopes to keep it that way today.

Raymer, the Washington Redskins' second-round pick who agreed to a four-year, $2.087 million deal Monday, gets his first chance to play against another team today when the Redskins take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rookie scrimmage.

Raymer, who didn't arrive in time to take part in the team's practice against Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pa., on Tuesday, has been working to make up for lost time after he ended his five-day holdout.

His first goal has been to master the most elementary task for a center -- snapping the ball. Raymer has had several fumbled snaps while working with the quarterbacks the past three days.

"It seems like when we're in practice, I do fine, but then when they put that nose guard in front of me, everything goes to hell and I just don't understand why," he said.

"I have to put that on my shoulders and go out and say I'm not

going to fumble a snap. Hopefully, we'll come out of it with no fumbled snaps."

Raymer is one of only two of the top five Redskins draft picks who'll be on the field today. The other is running back Larry Jones, the fourth-round pick who figures to get a good workout.

Michael Westbrook, the top pick, is holding out, and third-round pick Darryl Pounds and Jamie Asher, the first fifth-round pick, are injured.

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