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Week Of Preparation Paid Off For DeJon Gomes In Start

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – DeJon Gomes believed having a week to prepare to start for the injured Brandon Meriweather at strong safety was beneficial to the way he played for the Washington Redskins against New Orleans.

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“Any time you can take reps during the week or at practice, as opposed to just mental reps, your body gets accustomed to being able to react to things, so it definitely helped out a lot,” Gomes said.

The 6-foot, 201-pound Gomes had five tackles, deflected a pass and intercepted another in the 40-32 victory. Gomes returned the interception 49 yards to the Saints’ 3-yard line, setting up a touchdown run by Alfred Morris.

“My high school running back days came out of me, so I was just trying to get as many yards as I could,” Gomes said. That he didn’t score bothered him “a little bit, but not too much, especially seeing how the offense stuck it in a few plays later. As long as we got the six points, that’s all that really mattered.”

Meriweather sprained the MCL and PCL in his left knee in practice on Sept. 3 and is expected to miss two to four weeks. When Gomes replaced LaRon Landry at strong safety for his first start last season, he didn’t know he’d do so until late in the week.

“I thought he did a good job in a lot of areas,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “There’s room for improvement, like everybody. I thought for the guy to step in – he was cool and calm. That’s kind of how his demeanor is anyways, and he did a good job both in the run game and the pass game.”

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