It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s down by contact at the 1-yard line.
Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong turned around a quiet preseason into an electric opener yesterday, making high-flying, acrobatic catches all afternoon.
But perhaps his greatest catch will serve as his biggest regret, as it didn’t end up in the endzone.
“I was trying to make up for stepping out of bounds and a dropped pass [earlier in the game],” he explained in the locker room. ”It came my way and I saw that it was all-out, and it was third down, so I knew we needed a play.”
No matter how soft the turf is, or how much adrenaline a guy has pumping through his body–that play hurts. But laying out for a catch is all part of the job description for Armstrong.
“That’s one of those plays in practice where you let it go because you don’t wanna dive, y’know, save your body,” he said. ”But he put it in arm’s reach, and at the end of the game, you gotta lay out for it.”
After securing the catch, Armstrong got up and jumped the last yard into the endzone for what he thought was a touchdown. After the game, he was still unconvinced.
“They shorted me on the touchdown, though,” Armstrong said. ”If he touched me, then he had to have touched like, the bottom of my cleats. That was the only thing. I dove, I was in mid-air, I dunno what those refs saw.”
It’s hard to tell from the video, but it looks like it would not have been overturned with a Shanahan challenge. Thanks to a Tim Hightower touchdown on the next play, the Redskins didn’t need to worry about it.
I asked if Armstrong Hightower should readjust his stat line for the cheap touchdown, but he had a better idea in mind:
“No, y’know, Tim is gonna readjust my pocketbook,” he said with a big smile. ”Since I stopped on the 1, and he got a 1-yard touchdown, I think I’m gonna go talk to him and see if I can work like $50 out of him, or something like that.”
I think that’s a fine that Hightower would pay any day.
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