--LB Jessie Armstead had two big plays at Atlanta--chasing down RB Warrick Dunn from the opposite side of the field as Dunn looked to pass on a trick play,
and sacking Doug Johnson for a crucial safety in the third
All this from a guy who's turning 33 next month and who was supposed to be washed up when the Giants cut him in February, 2002.
"Why should I get bummed out?" Armstead said. "I don't worry about no doubters. I had doubters as soon as I walked into the NFL. I always shined every year. I never had a down year. You can go back 11 years, you'll never find a down year I had. That speaks for itself."
--DE Bruce Smith has stepped up his leadership role on this young team as he plays what many expect to be his last season. He has given several speeches, first to the defense and then to the entire team, and after a pair of key pressures Sunday he was yelling and posing on the field to fire up his teammates.
"I never ask another player to make a play, before I ask myself to make a play," Smith said. "I don't say, 'Look, LaVar, we need a big play out of you.' I tell myself that first. And hopefully others will follow that example."
--DT Martin Chase got his first start on the nose with Jermaine Haley (thumb) a surprise inactive for the Falcons game. Haley could return this
week, but coaches were fairly pleased with how Chase played.
--TE Robert Royal started ahead of Zeron Flemister, who was out with a strained Achilles' tendon. Washington signed rookie Kevin Ware off the practice squad to replace Flemister, and cut OL Wilbert Brown to make room on the roster. The players flipped back at the start of this week, but Flemister was very unlikely to play and the switch could occur again.
--Washington worked out DE Lorenzo Bromell, who has played for Miami and Minnesota, but no signing was imminent.
--QB Patrick Ramsey has further demonstrated the toughness that was evident in his rookie season. Ramsey has been sacked 10 times in two games, including five times in last weekend's first half. But he returned to dominate the second half, hitting 13 of 15 passes for 186 yards and two scores.
--WR Darnerien McCants isn't making the consistent plays needed to nail down the No. 3 spot. He had one catch in each of the first two games, a short touchdown and a 21-yarder, but still probably would give back his spot if Taylor Jacobs (pancreas) returned.
--LB LaVar Arrington leads Washington in tackles (20), tackles for losses (two) and passes defensed (five). But he still does not have a sack, a year after recording a team-high 11 in Marvin Lewis' defense, which used him as a defensive end on third downs.
--Undrafted rookie CB Ade Jimoh got quite a bit of playing time at Atlanta because CB Rashad Bauman strained a hamstring. Jimoh gave up a 42-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, which irked coach Steve Spurrier. He remains raw but has promising physical attributes.
--KR/PR Chad Morton has done little as a Redskin after a high-profile offseason signing. The NFC's No. 15 kickoff returner (20.3 yards) is frustrated with Washington's largely ineffective special teams and hopes the club will bounce back this week.