Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca on Sunday will face the team that he was part of during all four of his previous NFL seasons, but the Australian insists the game against the Philadelphia Eagles carries no special significance.
“It’s just another game for me,” Rocca says. “We’ve got to win this week. It’s just as important as what they’ve got to do. Obviously, I’ve got a lot of friends over there, but ultimately what matters is coming out with the win.”
Rocca will face a dangerous punt returner in DeSean Jackson, and the punter knows what he has to do to keep the speedster in check.
“My mindset going into any game is that I’m against the returner, whether it’s DeSean or not. You’re trying to take them out of the game,” Rocca said. “And him being so dangerous, we want to eliminate any returns that he can put forward. Whether that’s out of bounds, whether that’s really high and short and fair catches, it’ll all be mixed up.”
The Eagles have stumbled out of the gate with a 1-4 start, but Rocca cautions that it’s much too early in the season to count his former team out.
“They tend to have a really hard training camp, and they go really hard early,” Rocca explained. “So they may have been fatigued. But Andy [Reid] has been really good in November and December in the past in getting their teams to come home strong. … Soon enough, I think they’ll start to pick up their game. We’ve just got to make sure that we take a W at the end and stall that winning run if they go on it later on.”