Anthony Armstrong on Tuesday morning went to the Redskins’ equipment room and exchanged his gold non-contact practice jersey for his normal white No. 13 jersey. The sprained right shoulder he suffered on Aug. 2 has sufficiently healed.
Now Armstrong has some work to do. The competition for the fifth — and possibly sixth or seventh — receiver spot is intense, and he’s behind after missing two games.
Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe are trending upward after catching touchdowns in Saturday’s preseason loss. The quality of Robinson’s routes has been exceptional. Briscoe caught six touchdowns for Tampa Bay last season — more than any Redskins receiver in 2011.
“Sitting back watching, that sucks, man,” Armstrong said. “I’m the biggest supporter of everybody. I’m proud of Aldrick, [Brandon] Banks, Briscoe and all those guys. You see other people make plays, and you want to go out there and have some fun, too.”
Armstrong “snuck” onto the field for one play against Chicago on Saturday night. That’s how he described his aggressiveness in substituting in for Robinson when Robinson ran a long route and was temporarily fatigued.
Armstrong knows his chances over the final two weeks of the preseason are limited, so he’s hoping his two-year body of work has a positive impact on coaches’ decision-making.
He had 871 yards and three touchdowns on 44 receptions in 11 starts in 2010. Last season, however, he had 103 yards and two touchdowns on only seven catches. Opponents adjusted to Armstrong’s speed by pressing him at the line of scrimmage, which he had trouble beating, Shanahan said.
“They at least have something that they’ve seen for themselves versus what you see on tape,” Armstrong said. “Unfortunately, I’m coming off of a bad season, so usually it’s kind of: what have you done for me lately? Hopefully there was enough good back in 2010 that actually weighs heavily on their mind that they can say, ‘OK he can definitely get back to this level of play.’”
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