Neild, beard ready for Giants rematch

Neild, beard ready for Giants rematch
December 15, 2011, 10:44 am
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Redskins rookie nose tackle Chris Neild had played at least 11 snaps in every game until he was in uniform but didnt play against New England last week.Question: How surprised you didnt play against New England?Answer: I knew we were going to run nickel a lot and thats a situation Im not in so it was expected.Q: Knowing ahead of time, did that make it less more tough to take?A: I wouldnt 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 its played at this level. Its 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: Thats what were trying to do stay at the level were 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 dont 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) Im hoping to do the same thing I did last time but you never know whats going to happen. It worked out the last time we played him.Q: Since that game, your beard A: Havent shaved since then.Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com