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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Anthony Armstrong: Redskins' best deep threat

By Barry Svrluga


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."

By Barry Svrluga  | December 19, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong  
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Great find by the Skins. Would like to see some Austin in the next two games as well.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 19, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Good game for him today. I don't think our WR's are as bad as people make them out to be. We just need one more I think. The real problem is the O line.

Unrelated, but imagine if the Mcnabb trade was proposed differently. What if Allen just said "We are rebuilding this year anyways. You know that guy from the Eagles that everyone here has hated for the past decade, lets just trade for him for a year and humiliate him and torture him and ruin his career. It'll be hilarious! We'll bench him for Grossman!" I may have been able to get behind that. However, they made me believe that I had to buy into him as a real Redskins QB and I actually liked him for a while. Now I feel dirty. Stop messing with me Skins. I do like that Shanahan has now given up on this season though actually. If you aren't winning the super bowl, who cares you know? I like that attitude, get a better draft pick, but don't expect anyone to watch these last two joke games.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 19, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated, but imagine if the Mcnabb trade was proposed differently. What if Allen just said "We are rebuilding this year anyways. You know that guy from the Eagles that everyone here has hated for the past decade, lets just trade for him for a year and humiliate him and torture him and ruin his career. It'll be hilarious! We'll bench him for Grossman!" I may have been able to get behind that. However, they made me believe that I had to buy into him as a real Redskins QB and I actually liked him for a while. Now I feel dirty. Stop messing with me Skins. I do like that Shanahan has now given up on this season though actually. If you aren't winning the super bowl, who cares you know? I like that attitude, get a better draft pick, but don't expect anyone to watch these last two joke games.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 19, 2010 7:25 PM |

Well your an idiot considering the offense played better today then they have all year.

Poor McNabb the Shanny's ruined his career give me a f_ing break had he played better he would still be playing.

Notice how today we didn't waste one timeout like we have in every other game this year. Notice how we had no delay of game penalties.

This was the most entertaining offensive game I have witnessed all year from the Skins.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 19, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, well...all of you whiners on here about this McNabb thing...time to eat your words suckas!

This was the smartest thing Shanny's done all season...

I agree with Flounder21 100%....this game actually had a rhythm to it and very few dumb errors like the ones I have found myself screaming at the TV about during EVERY SINGLE OTHER GAME THIS YEAR!!

Look, I understand some of you guys are seeing the mistakes now as the end of the world, but to me this thing is going to take longer than a season to fix...hell, you can't reverse 10+ years of a downward slide overnight...but, for sure, you must all admit that this team feels like it is getting better in some key tangibles like fight and attitude...and you can see the sparks of things to come...

Are we there yet? No way, but I like the way Shanny is methodically weeding out the players who won't get with the program...and he doesn't care what they are getting paid or how big a name they are...don't you guys long for the old Gibbs days where we won a lot of games with people nobody ever heard of and had players who just went out and played the game with all of their heart and guts?

Shanny is trying to get us back to that, but you guys on here have to give a chance...and let him make a few mistakes without freaking out...sheesh....you guys aren't perfect at your jobs either, so expecting it of anyone else is ridiculous...

Today, I was proud to be a Redskins fan and felt the team regained some of that swagger from old...coming back strong in the fourth quarter...it was awesome...even though we lost, I'm going to re-watch this game again right now...

Posted by: rot8tor_man | December 19, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Well your an idiot considering the offense played better today then they have all year.

Poor McNabb the Shanny's ruined his career give me a f_ing break had he played better he would still be playing.

Notice how today we didn't waste one timeout like we have in every other game this year. Notice how we had no delay of game penalties.

This was the most entertaining offensive game I have witnessed all year from the Skins.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 19, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

You are misunderstanding me because I totally agree that Grossman in the second half looked as good as Mcnabb at his best. I was expressing my displeasure at the way Mcnabb was sold to me, not at his benching, which I don't really care about. I think we would have won if Mcnabb played though honestly. I think Rex is underrated and Mcnabb is overrated, but Mcnabb still gives us the best chance to win. Grossman looked great, but I think that's more of a testament to how horrible Dallas's pass D is than anything else. I was trying to express my appreciation for Shanny not caring about Mcnabb's feelings though and doing what he feels his right. I think that's a good idea, we need to crush a lot of the ego's on this team.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 20, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

What,a PR nightmare, trading all those draft choices for McNabb at 34 yrs old. This should have been our rebuilting yr. We need a young stud quarterback. That's where is all begins, an OL to protect, and a new defense, because, the 3-4 with the present personel, just won't work.. With 4-3 players, maybe, and Haynesworth on board, this defense might have thrived.. A great, defensive co-ordintor would build a defense that's fits the talent, and then make minor ajustments as to make the change over. So, far Haslett, hasn't showed me anything.. Maybe, down the road, but, not at the present... Go Skins!!
P.S. Don't forget, Dallas didn't have to play for anything either..... So, don't get too excited over Grossman.

Posted by: eztiger44 | December 20, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

If Shanahan had handled the McNabb benching differently, everyone would have nothing but good things to say about him today.

If, mid-week last week, he said, "since we're out of the playoffs, we're going to use the last 3 games to try out different things on offense, one of those things is different quarterbacks. McNabb has had a sore (whatever) so he will use this opportunity to rest and mentor the younger players."

... everyone would have found that reasonable and would have looked forward to seeing what Grossman can do. Once they saw that he played way better than McNabb, the fans, not Shanahan, would be asking to bench McNabb...

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 20, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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