Reed Doughty Proud To Be Named Special Teams Captain
A veteran entering his eighth season, the strong safety played on three special teams units last year and is valued heavily for his plays in that phase of the game.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – The Redskins voted four permanent captains earlier this week – two on offense and two on defense – and elected safety Reed Doughty as the special teams captain for the opener Monday against the Eagles.
That’s a common move for Mike Shanahan, who initially had a special teams game captain during his first season with the Redskins in 2010 but quickly named Lorenzo Alexander to the post permanently when he continued to earn the honor.
Alexander, though, left the Redskins for the Cardinals during the offseason, leaving the role in Doughty’s hands at the start of the season.
“Very cool,” Doughty said. “I feel like I’ve been a leader for some time, but we’ve always had some very great leaders here. It always takes more than one guy to lead on a team, but it’s always nice to be appointed that.”
Entering his eighth season, Doughty had been representing the special teams units for the coin toss during the preseason. He was part of the punt, kickoff and kickoff return teams for much of last season.
He also started 10 games in place of Brandon Meriweather, and as the opener nears on Monday, Doughty could find himself in that role again. Meriweather has been dealing with soreness in his groin in recent days and is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
“Honestly, if history serves itself, the last four or five years I’ve been here, I’ve started at least eight or nine games a year, so I prepare every game the same,” Doughty said. “I’m prepared to start the game if I need to. I’m prepared to play third-down, goal line, whatever it is, I’m prepared to play the game and I’ll make sure I take care of business on special teams.”