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Alexander on Bush vs. Jackson

After having facing punt returner extraordinaire DeSean Jackson twice this season, the Redskins are ready for anyone, even the New Orleans Saints' Reggie Bush. If Bush plays Sunday at FedEx Field, the Redskins' punt coverage team will face another challenge from a returner with home-run potential. That's the focus of this week's installment of Special Teams Saturday with Lorenzo Alexander.

In the second game of the 2008 season, the Redskins rallied for a 29-24 victory over the Saints at FedEx. On Bush's only return in the game, he raced for a 55-yard touchdown.

"I've played against both Reggie and DeSean, and DeSean's speed is even more so than Reggie's," Alexander said. "He's still fast, but something different about DeSean. It's like DeSean has a different gear.

"And they sort of have different styles. Reggie Bush ... he likes to freeze you. He wants to suck you in and get out. DeSean catches it and just takes off. It's different, but they're both equally good."

Bush has missed the last two games because of a knee injury. Although he has been limited in practice this week, he is expected to play. ("You can write it down: I'm playing," Bush said, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)

"It definitely does make a difference if he plays," Alexander said. "But we've played the best in the league twice this year in DeSean, and Bush is the same type of athlete, so you definitely have to prepare for him."

Last season, Bush ranked third in the NFL with a 13.5-yard average on 20 returns. He scored three touchdowns and had a long gain of 71 yards. On 21 returns in 2009, Bush is averaging only 3.8 yards, with a longest gain of only 22 yards. Bush does, however, have the Saints' longest rush of 55 yards, and he's still a threat to score whenever he touches the ball.

"If you look at their stats on punt, punt coverage special teams and overall, they're not as good as their offense and defense," Alexander said. "So that's really an area we're going to have to step up and play well to give us a chance to win."

Toys for tots

Members of the Marine Corps will be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots campaign, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at FedExField. Bring new, unwrapped toys for kids and teens to any of the collection bins at stadium gates and suite entrances.

By Jason Reid  |  December 5, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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1st to say this baby is about to befficially late....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 5, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

So there #1 draft pick - #2 over-all pick in the draft is returning kicks and playing a little third down back instead of continuing to be the feature back even though the performance wasn't there?

I wish we had permission to reduce the playing time of our early round draft picks and high salaried players because their on field performance doesn't get the job done.

Isn't Carlos a 1st round pick, and Portis the highest paid RB in the league? Isn't Landry a #1? Why is ARE taking playing time from M Mitchel?

We seem to award playing time according to salary and draft position instead of on field performance - the ONLY THING that matters.

Like somehow, it's more important to get our money's worth than a win. Think about that the next time you hear someone argue that Portis should be on the roster next year because we owe him gobs of money. Bad enough we have to waste the money, must we also burn a better players playing time as well?

Posted by: edvar | December 5, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This game ain't gonna be pretty (for Redskins fans).

Posted by: kls1 | December 5, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

You are preaching to the choir, brother. My hope is we get an uncapped year next year and it will change the way some decisions are made. What's confusing to me about how Snyder justifies spending mounds of money on high visibility free agents is that you would think he would eventually rationalize that winning a Super Bowl would do more for selling jerseys than signing bums like Haynesworth ever would.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 5, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Think about that the next time you hear someone argue that Portis should be on the roster next year because we owe him gobs of money.

Posted by: edvar | December 5, 2009 12:23 PM |

If anyone ever argued that, it would be the first time. It's a little more subtle: (1) we can't trade him because of the size of his contract and (2) we can't cut him because of the hit to the salary cap -- which is only vaguely related to the money that we owe him.

Posted by: League-Source | December 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

....bums like Haynesworth....

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 5, 2009 1:02 PM

Bum? You ought to watch him play sometime.

Haynesworth : bum :: RedSkinHead : Woody Woodpecker's moustache

Posted by: League-Source | December 5, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I was with you until that very last apart. AH was (too) expensive, but you can't argue he's at worst in the top 3 for most effective at his postion. I'll even give you Fletch as our MVP, but #92 has the highest impact on how others around him elevate their game. Hard to argue highest impact player vs. heart and soul of the defensive unit for MVP, though. Regardless, AH is not a bum.

Posted by: RomoShortball | December 5, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Pike is getting benched. That may drop his draft status.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 5, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Another RI blog about the Saints. Only this time it's about a #2 overall pick that will most likely be cut in the offseason.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 5, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Pike is getting benched. That may drop his draft status.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 5, 2009 2:15 PM

What from 3rd-5th RD to 6th-7th? I wouldn't draft him prior to the 6th if at all.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 5, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The player to watch on the bearcats is Gilyard.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Redskinhead, I'm not as down on Albert as you. We new what we were buying - a dominant, game changing player who will give you 12-14 games a year. I think we have gotten what we paid for. Just ask Carter why he can suddenly sack a QB for the first time since he's been a Redskin...

Did we spend a heck of a lot. YES. But it's not like Jason Taylor where the guy never gets hurt and then suddenly becomes a Skin and can't go at more than 60% for most of the season after costing us some MAJOR draft picks. I think we lost far more on that deal - and only got one season from the bum.

We need some game changers on both sides of the ball. AH is definitely one of them.

Posted by: edvar | December 5, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mayor - skins got a punt returner too. you think the Saints are worried about tackling Randle El?

Posted by: coparker5 | December 5, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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