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The Emergence of Anthony Armstrong

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Anthony Armstrong had something of a coming out party on Sunday's game against the Packers. His continued tenacity and dedication has finally paid some much needed dividends. The receiving corps needed another player to step up and when the Redskins decided it wasn't Devin Thomas, Anthony Armstrong took it upon himself to fill that void.

The leaping fourth quarter touchdown catch against Green Bay provided a spark and the Redskins never looked back. Santana Moss is on pace to have his best year as a pro, but he was the only reliable wide receiver in the first four games. Enter Armstrong. Without that fourth quarter grab for six, the Redskins were still staring at a 2-3 record and a humbling loss at home. In a game where there were several heroes, Armstrong's efforts can't be denied.

Armstrong's emergence has opened up some new and interesting possibilities for the Redskins. First, Donovan McNabb has a new weapon in his passing arsenal and some of the pressure is taken off of Moss and Chris Cooley. Second, the Redskins now have the option of plugging Brandon Banks in on some third down passing situations. At the very least, opposing defenses will need to have a certain focus on the speedy Banks (can you say "WR screen" or "quick slant routes" ) and this should afford Moss and Armstrong additional opportunities. Third, an increased passing attack could spark the dormant running game and open up some nice holes for Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams.

A few months ago, most fans saw Anthony Armstrong as nothing more than camp fodder or a practice squad member. The coaching staff saw a player who could contribute and decided he was worthy of a place on this team. He has a lot of heart and now his talent and speed is contributing to much needed points and victories. At this juncture, we can forgive the tripping over his own feet in Philadelphia - after all, that catch provided three valuable points that were the difference in the end (Philly had to go for a touchdown and not a field goal to win).

Anthony Armstrong is quickly becoming a reliable commodity for the Redskins. Number thirteen is proving that his number is a lucky one and if the trends continue in his favor, the team will reap many benefits for years to come.
 

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Good points BB. I think it is important to remember, we are not looking for a Pro-Bowler on the other side of Moss, although it would be nice. But if Armstrong could pull down around 40-50 receptions this year, this would create opportunities for other areas of the team to open up. Especially if those receptions are like Neo mentioned in another thread, crucial 3rd downs or TD's.

As for Banks, I could have sworn, after the couple of exciting returns like the 62 yarder that was called back, late in the fourth quarter we would have seen the young speedster come in if for nothing else another element for Green Bay to place focus.
 

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