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Stallworth hopes to be proving his value

The Sports Xchange

--Donte Stallworth was cut by the Redskins on Nov. 8 after catching just five passes for 46 yards in four games. At 31 and after having produced little for three teams over the last three seasons, the former first-round draft choice's career seemed like it might be history.

However, rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson suffered a season-ending hip injury in the game after Stallworth was let go. The veteran was re-signed and caught 19 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns over the final seven games, totals nearly identical to those of starting receiver Santana Moss during that span.

"I hope I showed that I can still play and contribute to a team," said Stallworth, who's heading into free agency yet again. "I'm 31, but I feel like I'm 27 because I haven't played that much lately."

--The Redskins led the league by having five field-goal attempts blocked. Kicker Graham Gano was 31-of-36 otherwise with all of his misses after his season-opening errant 39-yarder coming from at least 49 yards.

"It's frustrating, but there's not much you can do about it," Gano said of the blocks which were caused by a combination of poor protection, low kicks and botched holds. "I always want to be perfect. I think anybody is crazy if they don't want to be that way. I feel like hit the ball well (all season). I feel good about it."

--Darrel Young, a safety and linebacker at Villanova, wasn't that happy with his first year as Washington's No. 1 fullback, but coach Mike Shanahan was.

"DY's a heck of a football player," Shanahan said. "Making the transition from linebacker to fullback sometimes is very tough, but he's stepped up and played at a very good level. He's very sharp, very conscientious, very passionate: everything you look for in a guy."

The 24-year-old Young missed three games with a hamstring and a concussion but carried six times for 33 yards and a touchdown, caught 14 passes for 138 yards and was a diligent blocker for a team that started four backs (Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain, Roy Helu and Evan Royster) and two quarterbacks (Rex Grossman and John Beck).

"Five-and-11 is unacceptable. We've got to grow from this. Everyone has to get rested up, spend time with their families, but get back to it and make sure that when they come back in April in shape and ready to so we can get this thing turned around." -- OLB Lorenzo Alexander on the Redskins' third straight double-digit loss season.

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