Anthony Armstrong wants bombs to go for touchdowns
Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong caught a 45-yard pass from quarterback Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter, his fourth catch of at least that distance this season and the latest indication that he has developed into Washington's best downfield threat.
Armstrong, though, is getting greedy. Had McNabb led him on the play, he would have scored a touchdown and tied the game.
"I knew I had beat those guys real fast," Armstrong said. "The corners played a certain technique, and the safety was low. I was hoping [McNabb] would've seen it quicker, but I think he was probably dropping still. You got to go seven-step drops or what not. Shoot, it was one of those things. At least he put it up there and we made the play."
Armstrong now has 25 catches for 545 yards on the season, an average of 21.8 yards per catch. He entered play Sunday second in the league only to Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace, who was averaging 23.0 yards on his 33 receptions.
"I guess it's been my staple to at least get one" deep pass a game, Armstrong said. "It keeps my average pretty high. I just kind of wish we were able to take some of those into the end zone and help put up some points and get some wins. Whatever I'm doing, I don't care if it's short passes or long passes, as long as we get some wins, I'm going to be happy."
One problem on Sunday: On the play immediately after Armstrong's 45-yard catch, McNabb looked for Armstrong again, this time in the right flat. Armstrong couldn't hang onto the ball, and the Redskins eventually had to kick a field goal.
"It hit me right in the hands," Armstrong said. "I just dropped the damn thing. That's all. That's all me. That's just some concentration stuff. You got to be able to bounce back from a long play and catch the next one. Just got to wipe it off and then go with a clean slate."
Santana Moss leads the Redskins in receptions (62) and yards (778), with tight end Chris Cooley second in both categories (54 for 603). Running back Keiland Williams has 28 catches and is followed by Armstrong. No other Redskins wideout still on the roster has more than four catches. Rookie Terrence Austin, signed from the practice squad when veteran Joey Galloway was cut Saturday, did not catch a pass and was not targeted Sunday, though he did play.
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