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With the Redskins stuck at 4-9, though, and out of postseason contention, the significance of any short-term progress on offense is limited.

Several players who contributed on offense Sunday are backups, including Anderson, tight end Logan Paulsen, left tackle Willie Smith, left guard Maurice Hurt and right tackle Tyler Polumbus.

Does it matter if they play well during this final stretch if they aren’t in significant roles next season? Mike Shanahan, at least, thinks so.

“Any time you have some backups come in and you have a little more cohesiveness, that means these guys are getting valuable experience,” he said. “Come next year, these guys have more than one game; some of them many games.”