Redskins rookie nose tackle Chris Neild had played at least 11 snaps in every game until he was in uniform but didn’t play against New England last week.
Question: How surprised you didn’t play against New England?
Answer: “I knew we were going to run nickel a lot and that’s a situation I’m not in so it was expected.”
Q: Knowing ahead of time, did that make it less more tough to take?
A: “I wouldn’t say that but I was ready if they wanted to put me in. I still had to prepare the same way because if something occurred that they put in personnel to run the ball, I had to be ready.”
Q: In what areas are you better in Week 15 than Week 1?
A: “Every week, you get a little more experience, especially as a rookie. As every game goes by, you learn a little bit more about the NFL game and how it’s played at this level. It’s just getting a feel out there, really, of how each center plays because every center is different.”
Q: Each of the Redskins’ 2011 draft picks remains with the organization. How much pride do you take in that?
A: “That’s what we’re trying to do – stay at the level we’re at. It took a lot for us to get here and overall, I think the rookies are doing a good job.”
Q: Can you learn how to be a pro before getting to the NFL?
A: “Our college coaches tried to emphasize things but you don’t know how to be a pro until you learn from the veterans around you.”
Q: You owned Eli Manning in Week 1 (1.5 sacks). A repeat?
A: (Laughter) “I’m hoping to do the same thing I did last time but you never know what’s going to happen. It worked out the last time we played him.”
Q: Since that game, your beard …
A: “Haven’t shaved since then.”
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