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Brandon Meriweather frustrated by latest illegal hit

Brandon Meriweather delivers a hit on Torrey Smith that drew him yet another personal foul penalty for his tackling. (Larry French/Getty Images)

It was an all-too-familiar sight. Receiver catches the ball, Brandon Meriweather swoops in and delivers a blow to the opponent’s head, and the yellow flags fly.

Despite spending the offseason working to lower his strike zone, and vowing to change, the strong safety found himself in trouble again as he drew a personal foul Saturday night for an illegal hit on Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.

The play took place early in the second quarter when facing third and four, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw to Smith. Meriweather flew in and broke up the pass at the 49. But he hit Smith in the head as he arrived, drawing penalty flags.

After the game, Meriweather – who last season served a one-game suspension for repeated illegal hits to opponents’ heads – said that he had tried to deliver a proper hit this time, and that he that he wasn’t so sure the play should’ve drawn a penalty.

“No, I don’t. But at the same time, I’m not the one who wrote the book on penalties,” he said. “I tried to aim at his numbers. I kind of seen the pass go, and I went in and aimed low, and I hit him with my shoulder. I did everything my coaches taught me to do, and I got the flag.”

Meriweather called the incident frustrating.

“I’m trying to do what the NFL asked me after going through the offseason, and working on the things I need to work on, and the first chance I get, it seems like I failed,” he said.

Meriweather wasn’t sure if he would receive punishment from the NFL. But he said all he can do is continue to work to change his techniques.

“I’ll continue to work on my game, I’m going to continue to try to get lower, and do the things they ask me to do,” he said. “I’ve got Ryan [Clark] here. I’ve got coaches and everyone here helping me with it. At the end of the day, I have to find a way to make it happen.”

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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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