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Punt returns end up being a non-factor

There was a tremendous amount of discussion at Redskins Park during the week about who would return punts for Washington. Coach Jim Zorn initially said he would rely on cornerback DeAngelo Hall, turning away from regular returner Antwaan Randle El, but then reversed course during the week, declaring Randle El his main guy.

The issue was a non-factor in the game. Randle El went back to receive the first punt of the day, on which he signaled a fair catch. The play was nullified because of a penalty on the Redskins.

Hall, though, got more work. He made a fair catch on an Atlanta punt early in the second quarter, and his only return attempt came in the second half, when the Redskins had pulled within 24-10. He caught the ball at the 21 near the left hash and ran backwards and right. He was corralled easily, losing two yards on the return.

On the other side of the punting game, Sam Paulescu -- who was signed Thursday to replace regular punter Hunter Smith, who has now missed three games with a groin injury -- performed extremely well. Paulescu punted three times for an average of 50 yards, with a long punt of 53. His net average was 46 yards. ..... Place kicker Shaun Suisham made a 48-yard field goal and, halfway through the season, is still perfect on field goal attempts. The five-year veteran has now converted all 10 attempts this year, and the 48-yarder Sunday tied for his longest of the season.

By Cindy Boren  |  November 8, 2009; 7:15 PM ET
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replace "punt returns" with 'Redskins' and you have a nice summary of the year so far

Posted by: az_david | November 8, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Suisham for MVP?

Posted by: lurgee5177 | November 8, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

What a totally useless article to post. WaPo is being sucked into the vortex of the Skins sinking.

Posted by: GasFace | November 8, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Marko Mitchell out there!

Posted by: jiza32 | November 8, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Really sad that the high point of the game is the performance of a punter signed on Thursday. It leads me to wonder what they could have accomplished if they have if they had signed a QB... a total stranger who is thoroughly unaware of the playbook and "system" could not have performed any worse than the absolute loser we have taking the snaps at the moment.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 8, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Punt Danny Boy.

Posted by: swimflyfast | November 9, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Well, Vic1...then what's the use of signing a "total stranger" if the line still doesn't block worth a damn and we still would have the same record? I guess an "absolute stranger" would have got back in the game twice after injury to try and bring us back too. JC played his azzzzz off in the second half but I dont hear anyone talk about that though...I love reading everyone's post because you guys are killing JC and the o-line yet you still blame JC for everything. give him Denver's line or even Manning's line and judge him then, but until then...give him credit for "trying" to make a play. Don't get me wrong, I know in some situations it's his fault for holding onto the ball. But most times its that nursery school line that is killing him and our chances of winning a game. We cannot score over 17 points against anyone. If the defense plays better (see 90 yard drive in Detroit, stiff arm on Hall for a first down with Carolina, stopping the KC receiver (Bowe) from the endzone, or any other time that our "improved" defense should have made a play) our record would be better. We can play the "woulda-coulda-shoulda" game all day...but WE ARE WHO WE THOUGHT WE WERE (with this terrible o-line)We have a better chance of it snowing in July than the Skins being favored to win any remaining game this season. Even if we lose all of our remaining games and go 2-14, Snyderrato will still F Up the draft pick and chose a receiver, running back, cornerback, line backer and NOT A OFFENSIVE LINEMAN. Cerrato will say "we took the best available player" Gotta clean house and get rid of Cerrato...period...for any chance of a "decent" season next year. I'm officially off the soap box.

Posted by: UHATEME1 | November 9, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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