When Dave Meggett was a senior at Towson State two years ago, the Washington Redskins invited him to Redskin Park for several tryouts. Meggett said he expected the Redskins to draft him and thought they would.

Meggett went to the New York Giants in the fifth round and that has turned out to be a mistake for the Redskins. Not only did he become one of the NFL's best return men last season as a rookie, but he burned the Redskins a couple of times.

He caught a 62-yard touchdown pass in last season's opener and caught two third-down passes in the second game.

This season he's leading the NFC in punt returns (13.6 yards per return) and is eighth in kickoff returns (20.7 yards).

"I don't know that there's anyone better," Redskins special teams coach Wayne Sevier said. "You've got to cover the entire field and you've got to be on him."

Sevier said Phoenix's Vai Sikahema probably is the best coming right at you. Meggett can come right at you, plant and explode in another direction. "He's so quick it's amazing," Sevier said, "and he has very strong legs. He reminds me of a fast Mike Nelms. He gets a step on you and he's gone." Can't Kick Into Gear

A couple of weeks ago, Sevier was disapointed with the way punter Ralf Mojsiejenko was kicking the ball. But he said there also have been weird circumstances since Mojsiejenko punted only once in Week 4 against the Cardinals and had a preseason game in which he didn't punt at all.

"He hasn't gone out there enough to get into any kind of groove," Sevier said. "He hit one real well in the last preseason game and I thought that would get him going. Then he didn't get another punt the whole night."

Mojsiejenko ranks 10th in the NFC, averaging 41.1 yards per punt. He has punted 15 times and only one NFL team (Philadelphia) has punted fewer times (14).

"I hit a couple of bad ones back-to-back against Dallas," he said, "but overall, I feel I'm hitting the ball pretty good. With our offense moving the ball, it seems all I'm kicking are {corner} kicks. That's fine for the team, but your average suffers. When I was in San Diego it was totally different circumstances."

His punting may become more important this week because Giants-Redskins games have traditionally been decided in large part by field position.

"That's the way they've been," Mojsiejenko said, "but if we move the ball all day, that won't be bad either." This and That

After losing six of eight at RFK Stadium, the Redskins take a four-game home winning streak into Sunday. That's their longest streak since winning five in a row in '87-88. . . . The Redskins' starting lineup against the Giants likely will have six new starters from when the teams met in last season's opener. They are right tackle Ed Simmons for Joe Jacoby, right guard Mark Schlereth for Mark May, quarterback Stan Humphries for Mark Rypien, running back Earnest Byner for Gerald Riggs and cornerback Martin Mayhew for Brian Davis. Tracy Rocker also is a new addition, taking Markus Koch's defensive tackle spot; Koch now occupies Dexter Manley's old slot at end.