Benched late in last Sunday's 28-23 loss to Dallas, Washington Redskins second year safety Reed Doughty remained upbeat on the sideline. Doughty encouraged teammates, discussed strategy with other defensive backs and did whatever he could to help despite being disappointed about making costly mistakes in the second half of his first NFL start. Focusing on the bigger picture has helped Doughty, a former sixth round draft pick, defy the odds to this point while coping with the chronic kidney failure of his young son, Micah, who was born nearly six weeks prematurely. All of us are together, honestly, so it didn't hurt my feelings" when he was removed at the end of the third quarter against the Cowboys, Doughtery said. If the coaches don't feel I'm getting the job done, if they don't have the confidence in me, I want somebody else to get an opportunity. obviously, I would have liked to have finished the game, won the game, made the big play instead of giving it up, but that didn't happen.

— Redskins safety Reed Doughty after getting yanked.  

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