Anthony Armstrong Views 50-Yard Touchdown Reception As A Starting Point
ASHBURN – Despite catching a 50-yard touchdown pass that helped the Washington Redskins take a late lead over Seattle on Sunday, receiver Anthony Armstrong had no desire to talk about it.
“I only want to talk about the Jets,” Armstrong said, referring to the Redskins’ upcoming game against New York.
But Armstrong was lulled into talking about the play, the Redskins’ longest of the season, Wednesday at Redskins Park. It was one of only three snaps Armstrong played all game, his first reception since catching a nine-yard pass against Carolina on Oct. 23 and only his sixth catch of the year.
Head coach Mike Shanahan criticized the receiver’s ability to beat press coverage after the Redskins’ loss to San Francisco, which led to Armstrong spending time after practice working with receivers coach Keenan McCardell in the following days on ways to get open.
“It reaffirmed everything, but it felt like kind of a load taken off of my shoulders,” Armstrong said of the catch. “But you know, that just means you’ve got to keep doing it.”
Armstrong, who caught 44 passes for 871 yards and three touchdowns last season, has struggled mightily this year. He was given an opportunity to play after Santana Moss broke his left hand in that game against the Panthers, but it wasn’t until last week’s loss to Dallas that Armstrong saw any significant time.
He was originally replaced by rookie Leonard Hankerson, who sustained a season-ending hip injury at Miami on Nov. 13, and then saw his snaps decrease further as Donte Stallworth has stepped up since being re-signed by the team on Nov. 15. Moss missed four weeks and returned to the Redskins in the 23-17 victory over the Seahawks.
If the catch leads to any additional opportunities for Armstrong, he doesn’t know.
“We’ll see,” he said. “It’s just kind of one of those ‘wait and see’ type of things. You always hope so. You’ll be ready to do it. If not, so be it. I’ll just try to do it in other places. But if so, I’ll try to be efficient and take advantage of the opportunities.”