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Anthony Armstrong emerging as Washington Redskins' No. 2 wide receiver

The offensive star of training camp and the preseason, Anthony Armstrong appears to be emerging as an effective No. 2 wide receiver in his first five games with the Redskins.

The speedy, unheralded player has had key roles in the Redskins' consecutive victories against the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. Armstrong and quarterback Donovan McNabb teamed on a 57-yard play in the 17-12 victory in Week 4 over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

And in Week 5 against the Packers, Armstrong caught a 48-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter that helped the Redskins -- who twice faced 10-point deficits -- rally for an improbable 16-13 victory in overtime at FedEx Field. Armstrong finished with three catches for 84 yards.

Armstrong has capitalized on his opportunities, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

"When Anthony first got here, you saw a guy that had great speed, very smart kid," he said. "The thing you didn't know is how he is going to perform when the pressure is on. We saw through the preseason, him making plays on special teams, him making plays on offense and the game wasn't too big for him.

"Obviously, we have seen that in his limited opportunities, but he has taken advantage of all of those opportunities when he has gotten them. He's a football player. He likes to compete. The game is not too big, and he is going to keep on making plays as the year goes on."

By Jason Reid  | October 12, 2010; 7:58 AM ET
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong  
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finally a post about a wideout who is actually on the Redskins, love this kid

Posted by: rc2223 | October 12, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

"...their (the colts) run defense is crap and if we can get Torain back on track... we stand a great chance to win."


Yes, the colts' run defense can not be defended.

But they'll come to town with GOD himself playing under center.

Thing is, how do you beat GOD?

How do you face a media, cultural supreme being with the kind of pedigree and reputation that humbles most pro athletes?

You put pressure in HIM face or make HIM think it's coming.

You jam HIS receivers.

You hit HIM even if it mean you're going to get the occasional penalty.

You have to be on the lookout for 'pick' and 'rub off' plays.

You shut down HIS running game and make HIM one-dimensional.

You let everything happen in front of you, and then punish HIS receivers.

You don't panic if HE makes a great throw for big yards as, well, he's GOD, and he'll do that from time to time.

And above all, you try to keep the game close and tight knowing that where you see Manning as GOD, the colts see McNabb as Jesus himself.

And with Jesus on our side, we can knock the Devil out of the colts.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Moe, GOD is DOG spelled backwards.

So, we just have to beat that dog just like we knocked out the last two QBs in the last two games. Problem solved.

Seriously though, he's not a mobile QB so if we keep pressure on him and knock him around a bit I think we'll have a solid chance.

Ya never know, CR22 may even catch another INT the way Manning has been laying them up (we all can dream, right?)

Posted by: HTTR | October 12, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"When Anthony first got here, you saw a guy that had great speed, very smart kid," he (Shanahan) said.

Brains: who would've thunk that a smart receiver with speed is more desirable than a big receiver with tats?

Why was Devin Thomas let go of if, in all other areas he and Armstrong are even?

Smarts.

The Shanahans want intelligence, not muscles, flexing, 'tude, and looks.

Devin Thomas is the calender model.

Anthony Armstong is the smarty pants teacher's pet.

And as we've seen this past week, the nerds win in life because what a calender provides eventually becomes out of date.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

@MistaMoe Slow down on the coffee guy...

Posted by: Jason10 | October 12, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

AA can stretch the field. I smell a Doc Walker nickname coming...

"Stretch Armstrong"

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 12, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Peyton Manning = NERD who audibles too much

Posted by: monk811 | October 12, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mista, "the nerds win in life"

based on your philosophical musings, sounds like you are speaking from personal experience.

Posted by: skinpig | October 12, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

jason10

Slow down on the coffee guy...


How do you know it's the coffee?

Perhaps, like all other redskins fans, I'm still caught up in the glow of some very competitive football played by our team.

For ten years, we couldn't score, defend great players and win, comeback at the end of games, and had no true leader under center.

We have all of that and some of that.

So I'm a 3-2 happy skins fan.

Sometimes you don't need coffee to wake up up.

Winning is caffine enough.

But the coffee does help.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

GB/WAS game is being replayed on NFL Network at 8 this evening...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 12, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I just spent far too much of my time reading the comments on the last Lavar entry, so I agree that it is nice to read about a kid who is actually doing something for the 'Skins.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | October 12, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

GB/WAS game is being replayed on NFL Network at 8 this evening...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 12, 2010 8:47 AM

Thanks and Welcome back.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 12, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Got nothin but respect for a guy who makes the most of his chances like Armstrong is doin right now. The odds were pretty long for him when it was 11 receivers in camp.

Now teach em how to Dougie.

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 12, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Got nothin but respect for a guy who makes the most of his chances like Armstrong is doin right now. The odds were pretty long for him when it was 11 receivers in camp.

Now teach em how to Dougie.

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Easy to root for guys like AA, Alexander, Banks, and Chris Wilson.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 12, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

To defeat the Colts, you have to pound the snot out of Peyton's receivers - something we do VERY well. Sure, hit Peyton all day - and get Albert to push in and take away his step-up, but knocking the crap out of the guys at the other end of those passes will have it's effect.

This should be another wild one.

I think Banks will be our secret weapon, and ST's tip the scales to us.

Posted by: edvar | October 12, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

No I am not Lavar, but thanks for the compliment.

"And now I'll politely ask that you shut your face."

Internet bravado; you definitely wouldn't say that to his face.

No need to respond to the rest.

Posted by: adjustments_Redskins | October 12, 2010 8:31 AM


If you deem being mistaken for LA as a good thing, that shows how irrational you are...far beyond your ridiculous take on DT.

And you don't know me from Adam, dude...no "internet bravado" here. I'd say it his face too, consequences be damned. Best case scenario, I take him out. Worst case scenario, he rearranges my face and I get to rearrange his finances...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 12, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Looks like we have a play maker in this guy.

Posted by: wireman65 | October 12, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

How did the Jag's beat the colts? thats what we need to do, we are more like the Jags than the Texans.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"the nerds win in life": based on your philosophical musings, sounds like you are speaking from personal experience.

The nation's richest man is a nerd.

The president is the product of a nerdy mother.

The nerdy people who hate the president spend their time reading and researching their arguments against him.

The most popular actor we can think of, a former rapper, was a math nerd in high school.

LeBron is not a nerd.

Derek Jeter is a nerd.

gimmiesumoe is not a nerd.

Moe is a nerd.

In football, nerds watch film, lift weights, run, catch passes, and scribble seven-on-seven passing diagrams while the cool guys pose in music videos with ugly chicks named Fantasia.

The cool guys with all the talent are good for s short time.

But nerds win in the long run.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

AA was out there most the game. I think I saw him on the field for 75% of the offensive plays.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 12, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Love AA...dude highlights what happens when you work hard and act like a pro. Those struggling with why DT is gone can look at AA and see exactly what DT WASN'T doing...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 12, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The cool guys with all the talent are good for s short time.

But nerds win in the long run.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM |

They sure do.

Signed,

Booger

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 12, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

But nerds win in the long run.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse


Moe = NERD Motivational Speaker

Posted by: monk811 | October 12, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Love AA...dude highlights what happens when you work hard and act like a pro. Those struggling with why DT is gone can look at AA and see exactly what DT WASN'T doing...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 12, 2010 9:15 AM
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Yep, and if he keeps getting deep on defenders, defenses are going to back off those safeties, which will only help Torain roll up some yardage.

Just a side note here. I wonder if the RI guys have thought about Tryon being on the Colts roster. Interesting story line there where a guy who couldn't buy a starting job on the Redskins is now getting a lot of playing time in Indy. Does this mean Haslett/Slovik missed something in watching the guy or does it mean Indy's secondary is really that devoid of talent. If devoid of talent, I should think Armstrong and Moss could exploit that on Sunday.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 12, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Lambda Lambda Lambda..........just win baby win.

HTTR

Posted by: cowbell | October 12, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

So we have already seen miles autsin, Andre Johnson, desan jackson, Greg Jennings. Some of the best in the business, now we get Reggie Wayne, my pick for most receptions this year in the NFL, he may present the biggest challenge yet for us.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 12, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Does this mean Haslett/Slovik missed something in watching the guy or does it mean Indy's secondary is really that devoid of talent. If devoid of talent, I should think Armstrong and Moss could exploit that on Sunday.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 12, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I think the latter of the 2 is true here, and yes, we should exploit that as much as possible. By the end of the game, Justin should TRYON the oxygen mask from running so much.
Stop booing, it wasn't that bad of a joke. I'll be here all week......

Posted by: monk811 | October 12, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse


GB/WAS game is being replayed on NFL Network at 8 this evening...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 12, 2010 8:47 AM |

so you can finally watch it.

Posted by: hessone | October 12, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Love the way Reid says,"Washington Redskins no.2 Wide Receiver", as opposed to just "The No. 2 Wide Receiver"...He and Wise both said on cable Sunday that they were not "homers", but they predict the Skins will beat the Packers..Can we get some more homers around here, please??

I think Austin will be brought in before too long, bu the O-line and running back situation remain in flux, so the team is concentrating there..

Posted by: frak | October 12, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

on the plus side of all this. I think we are going to come out better by playing all these hard games now.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 12, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong emerging as Washington Redskins' No. 2 wide receiver

--Jason Reid


Sweet. An emerging threat that opposing defenses have to prepare for. Hopefully allows Moss and Cooley and Davis a little mas freedom to get open.

As Aikmen pointed out, receivers are not trying to get open when DM is scrambling. Hopefully this will change--fast!

Posted by: smokeybear2 | October 12, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

new post..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 12, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the RI guys have thought about Tryon being on the Colts roster. Interesting story line there where a guy who couldn't buy a starting job on the Redskins is now getting a lot of playing time in Indy. Does this mean Haslett/Slovik missed something in watching the guy or does it mean Indy's secondary is really that devoid of talent. If devoid of talent, I should think Armstrong and Moss could exploit that on Sunday.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 12, 2010 9:22 AM


Their secondary has been nicked most of the year, so I'm sure it's got something to do with that. Glad to get a pick out of the transaction, but gotta wonder if he's really worse than Buchanon...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

AA13 is a fan favorite for a reason. Heh, I think the only people who should be surprised over this guy is every other NFL team. I absolutely love this guy's attitude and work-ethic, and he's the complete polar opposite of DT11 (according to speculation).

He may be 27 years-old, but, man, the guy plays like a young rookie.

Shanahan has really discovered some hungry and desperate players. That's how you build a football team.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | October 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

How the Texans did it:

1) Keep everything GOD throws in front of you (that means you dirty 30);
2) a heavy, heavy dose of Torain and Williams;
3) Cooley underneath.

Posted by: ElYeah | October 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Start AA13 this Sunday night please.

Posted by: fat_back | October 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Once the running game is off and running we will b unstopable were pickin up evry aspect of our game each game.

Posted by: ruga24 | October 12, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Colts run D is terrible.. T-train should get a good amount of carries. And with how physical our D has been playing manning boy may be taken out on a stretcher. Here's to hoping 98 can smash him. And please oh PLEASE dirty thirty play like you did against green bay

Posted by: SteveOman | October 12, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

And as we've seen this past week, the nerds win in life because what a calender provides eventually becomes out of date.Posted by: MistaMoe"

Reminds me of a Penn and Teller story, about the gorgeous girls that followed Aerosmith vs the geeks that liked magic acts: "Someday, their fans will be answering phones for our fans."

Posted by: Samson151 | October 12, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

tryon is faster than buchannon and better at this point was a mistake to bring buchannon in he also does nothing in punt return game. armstrong should be 2nd wr NOW, galloway and r. williams should be released austin brought up from practice squad. shanaKLAN has made dumb moves at wr and o-line if mcnabb takes another beating as he did in the packer game he will miss a few games because of shanaKLAN's use of 2 weaklings that are constantly blown off the line of scrimmage at LG and Center. bring up capers and cook(o-linemen) can they be any worst than the above frauds at center and guard?

Posted by: wathu19 | October 12, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Love AA...dude highlights what happens when you work hard and act like a pro. Those struggling with why DT is gone can look at AA and see exactly what DT WASN'T doing...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 12, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

What about Roydell Williams and Joey Galloway. People didn't put DT vs AA so much as DT vs andy members of the wr group that weren't producing. Until the second half of the GB game AA hadn't given us much in the area of results, so I'm really glad to see one of the receivers who's on the field every week finally step up (i mean do his job). Sure it justifies his spot over DT, but since you brought it up, how do you justify Joey or Roydell. BTW DT's gonna come out of Carolina's bye week as their number 1 or 2 wr if smith is still down. Just keep an eye on him.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | October 12, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Devin thomas problem is he he strong and fast, but he is straight line fast. being bigger and stronger doesn't work at the NFL level. Thomas has limited quickness and agility to make him special. Thus he can run hard and fast, but he has no clue how to get around the brick wall/defender in front of him.

Posted by: oknow1 | October 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

If Peyton Manning were GOD the Colts would not be 3-2.

And the Colts not the Saints would be defending Super Bowl champions.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 12, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I love what Coach Shanahan has done with the team so far - but my oh my, does he mangle the English language - "him making plays"? Yike!

Posted by: flwood2341 | October 12, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

finally a post about a wideout who is actually on the Redskins, love this kid

Posted by: rc2223 _______________________________

True,rc2223. Couldn't agree with you more. But to RI, what's so "insider" about this report? I mean, well all heard the coach's press conference yesterday. Gimme some inside stuff next time, K?

Posted by: BenThere | October 12, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Lambda Lambda Lambda..........just win baby win.

HTTR

Posted by: cowbell | October 12, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse
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Cowbell, although it maybe slim pickens, you have to throw in the best looking Omega Mu's, but with the paycheck, the Pi's are biting too.

Posted by: clark202 | October 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong hopefully is the Skins most consistent #2 WR since Albert Connell

Posted by: bernard_thompson | October 12, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Yep, and if he keeps getting deep on defenders, defenses are going to back off those safeties, which will only help Torain roll up some yardage.

Just a side note here. I wonder if the RI guys have thought about Tryon being on the Colts roster. Interesting story line there where a guy who couldn't buy a starting job on the Redskins is now getting a lot of playing time in Indy. Does this mean Haslett/Slovik missed something in watching the guy or does it mean Indy's secondary is really that devoid of talent. If devoid of talent, I should think Armstrong and Moss could exploit that on Sunday.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 12, 2010 9:22 AM
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Tryon (compared to Hall, Rogers, and Buchannon) can't play man coverage. Our WRs go against them every day. Tryon is relatively fast, but he's toast underneath.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 12, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The most popular actor we can think of, a former rapper, was a math nerd in high school.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

didn't know ice cube was mathematically inclined. he's still rapping though.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | October 12, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@HTTR

Still waiting for the Skins' opponents to attempt a trick play in which they throw the ball to Rogers in man-coverage, deflecting a pass off his hands, then two other recievers converge on the play to go after the jump-ball for a reception.

Posted by: jboogie1 | October 12, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Justin Tryon will be picked on - same way teams go after Reed Doughty Skins will go after JT.

If there ever...ever is a time for a two tight end set (cooley/Davis) this is it...you can pound them AND open up field.

Posted by: bbgatlin | October 12, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@httr: THAT dog reference is a last poets line.

Posted by: dcjazzman | October 12, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

And as we've seen this past week, the nerds win in life because what a calender provides eventually becomes out of date.

Posted by: MistaMoe |


Spoken like the nerd who was picked on by the good looking jocks in school. How about they both win and lose in life. I know that does not fit your fantasy of the Nerds winning in the end. Not all the nerds turn out to be Bill Gates. Some of them end up being alcoholics with a addiction to on line porn.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 12, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The most popular actor we can think of, a former rapper, was a math nerd in high school.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

didn't know ice cube was mathematically inclined. he's still rapping though.

Posted by: zatoichi77


Funny, thats Will Smith. Ice cube does know how to count all that money he is making.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 12, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

How about Atom Ant?

Posted by: gborken | October 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Brains: who would've thunk that a smart receiver with speed is more desirable than a big receiver with tats?

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 12, 2010 8:31 AM

And what about a big receiver with smarts? Or a smart receiver with tats?

OR!!! Or what about a smart, big receiver with tats!

The Total Package.

*sigh*

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 12, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

jeez, I forgot to throw speed in there.

How 'bout a big poster with tats and speed, but short on smarts?

Maybe I should have handled myself "ShowTime" instead of Thinker_

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 12, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Devin thomas problem is he he strong and fast, but he is straight line fast. being bigger and stronger doesn't work at the NFL level. Thomas has limited quickness and agility to make him special. Thus he can run hard and fast, but he has no clue how to get around the brick wall/defender in front of him.

Posted by: oknow1 | October 12, 2010 12:35 PM

Wow. Dumbest, most confidently written incorrect assertion I've ever read on here. And that's saying something!

Thanks for the physics lesson and personal scouting report based on something you procured from a Don's John.

Keep it up!

Good Work!

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 12, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Armstrong has the physical and mental abilities to be a legit NFL receiver, but I would keep a lid on the anointing oil for a while. I mean, he's 27, so he's near his physical peak -- he's not a budding superstar with lots of room to grow. I also wonder why he had to play at a Division II college and then the bush leagues (IFL, AFL) for a few years before getting to this point. Most great (or even good) players are not late bloomers -- their talent is evident early on. Armstrong's story is great, and I think he can be a solid contributor in the NFL, but not a star.

Posted by: DrewDC | October 15, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

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