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Three plays from the Washington Redskins-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game worth another look

Barber's block

. In the end, it became merely a footnote in another loss. But Ronde Barber contributed a game-changing play when he batted away an extra point off the foot of Shaun Suisham. Trailing 10-3 in the third quarter, the Redskins got a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to tight end Chris Cooley. But on the extra point, Barber lined up on the far right side, raced in untouched and dived low to block the kick. The play maintained the Tampa Bay lead and put an instant damper on the home crowd's spirits. It also gave Barber a career kick-blocking trifecta, having blocked a punt in 2001 and a field goal in 2003. "It was just there," Barber said. "It could have been huge, but it wasn't. If we score a touchdown and win by one, it's a big deal. But as it stands, it's not much." Added special teams coach Rich Bisaccia: "Ronde's been a great edge rusher for a long time. And we always put in blocks according to what we see. We took advantage of a great push by Chris Hovan, Sabby Piscitelli and Geno Hayes. And Ronde did a great job of getting low, which isn't easy for a lot of guys to do."

Bryant: 'I'm getting better'

. Antonio Bryant's sore left knee has minimized his impact this season, but the Bucs receiver showed a glimpse of last season's greatness early Sunday. Tampa Bay faced second and goal from the 8 after recovering a fumble, and Josh Johnson lofted a pass to the left corner of the end zone. He led Bryant just enough to give him a chance to beat the tight coverage of Carlos Rogers. Bryant responded by pulling the ball in with his fingertips to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game. "At the end of the day, I'm getting better," said Bryant, who had surgery for a torn meniscus in August. "Hopefully, there will be an opportunity to see more of me. Josh saw the same thing I saw. The defense sort of rotated toward the strong side of the field, so I figured if I ran my route and came out (further back in the end zone), I'd give him time to read that side and come back to me with the ball."

Adams makes presence known

. For oft-criticized Gaines Adams, it was a day of tangible gains. During the past week, there was a question if the third-year defensive end would play due to a groin injury. Then when he did get on the field, the question was if he would play better. He answered that on the second play of the game, when he sacked Jason Campbell for a 4-yard loss — his first sack of the season. Moments later, on third and 10, Adams pressured Campbell into the path of defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson, who nailed Campbell for a 9-yard sack and jarred the ball loose. Adams recovered the fumble at the Redskins 10 to set up Tampa Bay's only touchdown of the day. "The only thing I remember is seeing Jimmy tackle Campbell," Adams said. "And I was fortunate the ball popped out and I was right there at the right time. I just picked it and tried to make a play off of it. And to be able to go out and get a sack on the first series, it felt great. But I have to give credit to the secondary on that play. It was a coverage sack. (Campbell) didn't have anywhere to throw the ball."

Three plays from the Washington Redskins-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game worth another look 10/04/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2009 9:51pm]
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