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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Mike Shanahan pleased with Rex Grossman’s performance

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was pleased with the way Rex Grossman executed on Sunday, saying “I thought he did everything well.” The coach said there were areas that need improvement but thought Grossman had a good first outing.

Shanahan said he wasn’t planning on a “Victory Monday” even before the players said they wanted to report to work instead of taking the day off. The coach said he was impressed with players wanting to report, but felt the same way as captain London Fletcher that it was too early in the season for a day off.

Expect to see a lot of two and three tight end sets this season, as Washington showed yesterday. Shanahan believes the Redskins’ versatility and depth at the tight end position gives the team a degree of unpredictability.

Shanahan said he feels much more comfortable with his team this year.

Tim Hightower came off the field for only two offensive snaps, but Shanahan said that could change depending on games and matchups.

Shanahan said having three healthy tight ends and five wide receivers put Mike Sellers, who was deactivated for Sunday’s game, in a numbers crunch. Shanahan expects the veteran backup tight end/fullback will play plenty this season.

Shanahan said he didn’t talk to Graham Gano about his missed field goal. “The wind was blowing pretty good, it was a hair wide and I think he knows,” the coach said.

Shanahan said rookie wideout Niles Paul, who was activated as the fifth receiver over Donte Stallworth and Leonard Hankerson, “has by far been one of the most consistent” receivers, as a strong pass catcher and route runner, as well as a special teams contributor.

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