Anthony Armstrong: Redskins' best deep threat
Redskins receiver Anthony Armstrong made no mistake about how much it meant to him to play in Dallas, his hometown.
"Being able to come back and go against your hometown team, the team you grew up watching, the team you wanted to play for from Texas, your family and friends in the stands," Armstrong said. "I knew people on that side of the ball. It was an emotional game. I wanted to put up my best performance and hopefully come away with a win."
Half of that equation worked out. Armstrong set a career-high with 100 receiving yards on the strength of five catches, including a 47-yarder from Rex Grossman that set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to Santana Moss that helped bring the Redskins back from a 27-7 deficit.
"Personally, I wanted to be a spark for the offense, get a big play and get a bit of energy going so we could get comfortable and start moving the chains," Armstrong said. "I picked up a couple third downs to keep some drives going, which was big for us, and we have to be able to do that to be successful."
In his first season as an active NFL player - he had been on the Miami practice squad - Armstrong has developed into the Redskins' best downfield threat. He has 40 catches for 772 yards - an average of 19.3 yards per catch, which will keep him among the league leaders in that category. He entered Sunday trailing only Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace.
"That was one of my goals, coming into training camp, to make the team [and] be important, period, anywhere on the field," Armstrong said. "As my offensive role increased, I knew as many times as they'd run me deep in practice, I was hoping they'd do it in games, too. They have been. I've been able to deliver. If that's the role I have to take, so be it."
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