Through 11 years and two tours with the Redskins, Mike Sellers has seen just about everything: Coaching changes, front office upheaval, Decembers to remember, quarterback unrest, etc.
But what Sellers has experienced for the majority of this season is new, even to him.
Different .. to put it mildly, he said Wednesday at Redskins Park. I guess you find your true inner strength when something like this happens.
Whats happened is Sellers taking a backseat at fullback to Darrel Young and back-of-the-plane residence at tight end behind Chris Cooley, Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen.
Games 1-10: Six offensive snaps.
Games 11-12: Thirty offensive snaps.
Sellers has filled in for Young (concussion) the last game-and-a-half and could be an option in multi-tight end situations with Davis suspended for the final four games.
Sellers made at least one start in each of his first 10 years, including a combined 45 games from 2004-10 for the Redskins. But Youngs emergence in training camp pushed Sellers to the sideline.
When you know you can still compete at a high level, its frustrating but I know how this league works, he said. You cant play forever. Im not done by any means.
Sellers, who at 36 years old is the third-oldest Redskin on the roster behind Sav Rocca (38) and London Fletcher (also 36, albeit a few months older), has continued to prove his worth on special teams.
One thing you have to do when you get older as a player is understand you may not be the starter, but you have to prepare yourself like a starter, you have to help on special teams, you have to run the scout team you have to do a lot of dirty work.
Some veterans cant handle it. Mike did. Thats why hes in the league at his age.
Even though he hasnt played much on offense, Sellers said he hasnt stopped being a leader.
Ill never keep my mouth shut, he said. Ill help these guys as much as I can, from yelling at Young for missing a block, to Fred and Logan. Its what Im supposed to do. Just because Im not starting doesnt mean I cant be a leader on this team.
Sellers did admit playing more than special teams is preferable.
The game goes by a lot faster when youre actually playing in it quite a bit, he said.
Left Tackle Options
Trent Williams is done for the year and veteran Sean Locklear and rookie Willie Smith will split reps during the week.
Both guys will rotate and well make a decision, Shanahan said.
Tyler Polumbus will remain a back-up at left guard and right tackle.
The Redskins will start their sixth different offensive line combination against the Patriots.
You wouldnt want that to happen throughout the year, but thats how the season fell, right tackle Jammal Brown said.
The Patriots defense rank last in yards allowed per game (412.1) but 13th in points allowed (20.6).
Its a trait of Bills he doesnt care about stats, he cares about winning, Shanahan said, referring to Bill Belichick. What he does a great job of is not giving up a lot of points up. All those other stats dont matter.
Redskins and former New England receiver Jabar Gaffney on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: Brady in my opinion is probably the best in the game. Definitely, definitely, the best quarterback Ive played with.
The Patriots are eight-point favorites over the Redskins, up from 7.5 earlier in the week.
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