- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 10, 2004


James Thrash, a Washington Redskins wide receiver who has embraced his special teams role, yesterday was named NFC special teams player of the week.

Thrash played a huge role in Sunday’s win at Detroit, returning a punt 43 yards to set up a field goal and helping down three punts inside the 5-yard line to key the battle for field position.

He spent the past three years in Philadelphia, where the Eagles tried in vain to make him a No.1 receiver. He returned to the Redskins this offseason as the No.3 option, but several weeks ago he lost even that to second-year receiver Taylor Jacobs. Thrash’s humble work ethic, however, never wavered, and his dedication to special teams was evident Sunday.

“James Thrash is a fine, fine human being, as well as a fine football player,” special teams coach Danny Smith said Sunday night. “I couldn’t be more proud of a guy who works so hard, details his work, studies the game. Last night at the hotel, I walked into the room, and he was in there watching tape by himself.

“That’s what’s gratifying as a coach — to see somebody put in the effort, put in the hours, put in the time, looking for certain things and then coming out and being productive. That doesn’t happen just by showing up.”

Meanwhile, the Redskins made a personnel swap on the practice squad, signing defensive back Omare Lowe and releasing wide receiver Gari Scott.

Jody Foldesy

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