Mark Moseley's sore kicking leg has given Tony Zendejas quite a lift in their battle to win the Washington Redskins' kicking job.
Wayne Sevier, the special teams coach, said today that Zendejas "received a great boost as far as his confidence goes" when he kicked six field goals Saturday in the 30-25 scrimmage loss to the New York Jets. He kicked the entire game because a sore leg kept Moseley on the sideline.
But Sevier made it clear that the performance carries no special weight.
"We've said that the most important things are the scrimmages and preseason games, but, obviously, we can't ask a guy to kick who's hurt," Sevier said.
"What this really did was to help Tony's confidence."
Zendejas said he put ice on his leg Saturday night after his 19-point day (six field goals, one extra point).
"I can't afford to get a sore leg and let Mark come in and kick," he said.
Rookie tight end Danzell Lee played much more than expected Saturday when veteran starter Don Warren and rookie H-back Terry Orr sprained ankles in practice before the scrimmage and did not play.
Lee also was hurt but played with a bruised thigh.
Veteran tight ends Clint Didier (recovering from mononucleosis) and Rick Walker (pulled left hamstring), as well as rookie Keith Smith (ankle), did not play.
"It's tight-enditis," head trainer Bubba Tyer said.
Rookie defensive tackle Dean Hamel, a 12th-round draft choice from Tulsa, impressed the coaches with two quarterback sacks. "He's real strong, real tough," Coach Joe Gibbs said. "He caught our attention early. He has a chance (to make the team)."