With Brandon Banks back in the Washington area nursing a sore knee Friday night, Terrence Austin not only had a chance to serve as the Redskins' featured punt and kick returner, but he also had an increased role on offense. The game against the Colts, in fact, marked the most time he'd lined up at receiver since the team drafted him in April 2010.
"I think it was okay," he said. "There's still some things on offense that I wish I could've done a little bit better -- stayed on some blocks on some of the bigger guys a little bit longer, help out the run game. But overall, it was okay."
Austin was targeted three times by quarterback John Beck and caught all three balls, totaling 23 yards. His 11-yard reception in the second quarter came on third down and kept alive a drive that would result in a Graham Gano field goal.
"A couple of routes, I think I did get open, using a little bit of maneuvers and techniques," he said. "But most of the time it was because the defense was setup a certain way and I was in a hole."
If Austin is to make the Redskins' 53-man roster, it might be because of what can do on special teams. He was the team's top punt and kick returner Friday night. Though he had to settle for a touchback on his lone kick return, Austin fielded four punts, averaging 11.3 yards per return with a long of 29 yards. (The night's only other returner was rookie Niles Paul, who averaged 9.8 yards on four returns with a long of 20.)
"The main goal is try to flip the field, get good field position for the offense, and I think I did that," Austin said. "I think I did an okay job."