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He started all but two games since New York drafted him in the fourth round five years ago. But when it came time for a new contract, Washington made a better commitment.

Cofield has buried any bitterness about his former employer.

“I tried to focus more on the excitement of coming to Washington,” he said. “The only thing I miss in New York are my friends, the relationships that I built. As far as the football aspect of it … I look forward to playing those guys, and I hope we beat those guys.

“After the game I’ll hug everybody. Everybody on the roster gets a hug.”

He wants to be the one smiling, though. He has been part of this rivalry long enough to know what a win would signify for his new team.

“We’re looking to start a new era in Redskins football,” he said.