- The Washington Times - Monday, October 6, 2003

PHILADELPHIA — It was bound to happen. Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey had a rough day.

However, the second-year player continues to prove he can rally the Redskins from any deficit.

Ramsey connected with Darnerien McCants over the middle for a 32-yard touchdown strike with 13 seconds left to pull the Redskins within 27-25 of the Philadelphia Eagles.

On the two-point conversion, Ramsey overthrew an open Laveranues Coles in the right corner that prevented the Redskins from tying the game as Washington fell to 3-2.

“Laveranues Coles was wide open and I overthrew the ball. … It’s as simple as that,” Ramsey said. “He got open and he did a good job. I just hurried up and overthrew the pass.”

Ramsey struggled until the Redskins’ final possession of the game. He threw two interceptions, the second of which was returned 15 yards for a touchdown by Eagles end N.D. Kalu to give Philadelphia a 20-13 lead in the third quarter.

“My hand got hit. … I tried to throw the ball and my hand got hit and it just popped straight up,” Ramsey said.

In the end, Ramsey completed 25 of 50 passes for 271 yards with a touchdown and a poor passer rating of 56.3.

Ramsey’s struggles had a lot to do with a first-quarter sack by Eagles middle linebacker Mark Simoneau that irritated Ramsey’s already tender left shoulder.

Ramsey downplayed the hit and said it did not affect his throwing. It sure looked that way in the first half. Ramsey completed six of 18 passes for 68 yards and his passer rating was 22.5.

“I landed on my shoulder and I injured it before, but I was able to throw,” Ramsey said. “I’m not going to be scared of getting hit.”

The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Ramsey was pressured all game by the Eagles’ rush mostly because the Redskins line was unable to pick up the blitzes. The line also couldn’t stay onside either. Washington jumped seven times when Ramsey tried to audiblize at the line of scrimmage.

The Redskins receivers dropped their share of balls too and Ramsey missed his share of throws. With three reserves starting in the Eagles secondary, the Redskins were unable to expose a glaring weakness.

Ramsey entered the game having completed 75 of 129 passes for 1,036 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Yesterday’s game was his worst of the young season.

“[Ramsey] came back and threw a lot of good balls,” Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said. “He had a few a little off here and there early and we dropped some. We’re not supposed to drop as many balls as we did. That’s what happened. We were pitiful in the first half on offense. We finally got a little something going, but we didn’t finish many drives. We had a chance to tie it there at the end, but I think the ball just got a little bit away from Patrick. That’s the way it happened.”

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