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Redskins want to better utilize speedy Armstrong

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By PFW staff

Following are several whispers we're hearing from around the NFC East:

• The Redskins want to find more ways to get the ball in the hands of WR Anthony Armstrong, who is averaging nearly 27 yards a catch but has only seven receptions. They love his tenacity and his drive, even if he's still a bit raw. Armstrong might not be completely polished in his first full NFL season, but his speed has caught opponents who had thought that Santana Moss was the team's only deep threat off guard.

• From what we hear, Cowboys ORG Leonard Davis is not on super-thin ice. Davis was benched after a miserable effort in Week Five and only re-entered the game because of an injury to his replacement. The team thinks its best starting five, especially when it runs the ball, includes Davis, and our sources are chalking his benching up to a bad game.

• It might be a little unorthodox, but the Giants' three-safety alignment has been a hit this season. The healthy return of Kenny Phillips put the Giants in a rare situation of depth at what had been a major trouble spot last season, and it allowed coordinator Perry Fewell to get Phillips, Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle on the field a lot — together. So far, the plan has worked as all three have made their presence felt. The three of them find themselves on the field together upward of a third of the defensive plays.

• For now, the Eagles will go with King Dunlap, who struggled mightily at times in Week Five, as their starting left tackle. Starter Jason Peters recently underwent surgery, and the timetable for his return is unknown. Head coach Andy Reid had considered moving Todd Herremans to left tackle and using Reggie Wells at left guard. But Herremans has been battling through a knee injury, and Reid didn't want to put him in that position in Week Six. Dunlap has great promise, and the coaches liked him enough to keep him around for two years, but he might not have a super-long leash.

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