Anthony Armstrong starts in place of Joey Galloway
First-year wide receiver Anthony Armstrong started in place of Joey Galloway Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, a move that comes as no surprise considering Armstrong's recent performances.
Galloway has started opposite Moss in all five games this season but has just seven receptions for 121 yards. Armstrong, meanwhile, has made strides in the offense and last week turned in a career performance, catching three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in the 16-13 win over the Green Bay Packers.
The performance prompted questions this week regarding Armstrong's role and whether he had done enough to surpass Galloway, 38, on the depth chart. During the week, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan indicated that the 27-year-old's performance would at least earn him more opportunities.
"He's going to get a lot of playing time," Shanahan said. "We don't go through the depth chart for obvious reasons, but if he continues to improve like he's been improving, he'll get a lot of playing time."
The Redskins offense has struggled to find another threat in the passing game to complement receiver Santana Moss (29 receptions, 408 yards) and tight end Chris Cooley (23 catches, 303 yards).
Armstrong's speed and big-play potential - he had receptions of 57- and 48-yards in the past two games - could be the solution to those woes.
The journeyman receiver went undrafted out of West Texas A&M and started his career in the Intense Football League. Armstrong then played in the Arena Football League before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He spent the end of last season on the Redskins practice squad, and this offseason did enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
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