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Redskins-Bills: Richard Crawford quite active in debut

View Photo Gallery: Robert Griffin III threw a touchdown pass and completed four of six attempts in a 7-6 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.

Washington Redskins rookie cornerback Richard Crawford had an active night in his NFL debut Thursday night.

Drafted in the sixth round out of SMU, Crawford recorded an interception and a 17-yard punt return playing against Buffalo’s second-team.

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Crawford is competing with second-year pro Brandyn Thompson, first-year player Travon Bellamy and six-year veteran David Jones for a backup cornerback spot on Washington’s 53-man roster.

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has praised Crawford’s versatility. The rookie has displayed an ability to play both outside cornerback positions, as well as nickelback. Crawford also is competing with receivers Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin and Aldrick Robinson for punt return duties.

“I like Crawford. He loves football,” Haslett said on Tuesday. “He works. He’ll do anything. He’ll play nickel, corner, dime and he’ll punt return, so he does a lot of different things.”

Crawford wiped out Buffalo’s hopes at a scoring drive late in the second quarter, when he intercepted a Tyler Thigpen pass at the Washington 22-yard line. In the third quarter, he posted his punt return. Crawford fielded another punt but didn’t return the kick after waiving for fair catch.

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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