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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder had games like this in mind when he signed this hard-hitting ex-Ram to the richest contract ever for a safety (six years, $30 million). Will Archuleta silence the motormouthed tight end?
Shockey's act is wearing thin. He has just 11 catches in three games and griped that the Giants were outcoached in a Week 3 loss to the Seahawks. Bad timing, considering that reserve wideouts Tim Carter and David Tyree are already becoming more frequent passing targets. In two games against Washington last year, Shockey caught five balls and had one touchdown.
Last season against the Giants, while doing the brunt of the work in the Rams' paper-thin secondary, Archuleta was burned by Shockey and wideout Plaxico Burress for long TDs. But since moving to Washington (where he's not asked to blitz as much as in St. Louis), he's been solid: Opposing tight ends have averaged 57.5 yards per game.
THE VERDICT Archuleta was a man on an island in St. Louis; now he has Shawn Springs and Sean Taylor to pick up the slack in the secondary. Shockey won't have a lot of balls thrown his way, and with a torpedoing safety like Archuleta in pursuit, it'll be a quiet day for the tight end, in all respects.