Oshiomogho Atogwe encouraged after latest outing

Limited by injuries and reduced to a backup in three of the last four games, Washington Redskins free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe finally felt like his old self Sunday against the Giants.

Coaches again decided to start rookie DeJon Gomes, but early in the game brought Atogwe off the bench, and the eighth-year veteran played the bulk of the game. Turning in one of his best outings of the season, Atogwe made six tackles, broke up two passes and recorded his second interception of the season.


O.J. Atogwe says he’ll make the best of his playing time, however much he’s given. (Jonathan Newton/Washington Post)

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had declared Gomes the starter alongside Reed Doughty for the remainder of the season, but Atogwe ended up playing more than double the snaps of the rookie.

Atogwe’s performance against New York could land him back in the starting lineup, but he said that’s not his primary concern.

“I’m not too worried about that,” Atogwe said. “Whatever reps I get and whatever opportunities I get, I’m going to make the most out of them. Whether it’s one rep or 44 reps, it’s on his call, and I just have to be ready. … Whenever I get the opportunity to play, I feel like it’s my job and responsibility to make the best of it.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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