Few Washington Commanders players will be able to identify a moment in Sunday's loss that they will cherish forever. Wide receiver Dax Milne is unique in that regard.
The play came early in the fourth quarter. Washington was up by three and a had a chance to extend its lead after finding itself in the red zone on second-and-5. Once the ball was snapped, Milne had a strong sense he might find himself in the action.
"I knew there was a good chance for me to get the ball and potentially score," Milne said. "Once I got it, I knew I had to force my way in there, but I didn't want to stretch it out too far because you see lots of times a guy can knock it out or something bad can happen, so I kept it tighter, and I made sure I just got my body in the end zone."
After receiving the pass from Heinicke, Milne did well to get in the end zone while protecting the ball. The touchdown was the former BYU Cougar's first NFL score. Though the wide receiver was just as disappointed as the rest of his teammates following Sunday's loss, he will admit there was a lot of joy that came with that play.
"Obviously, really exciting. Just so much hard work that kind of just pays off in one moment," Milne said. "You know, throughout practice it happens all the time, but it's really hard to do in a game, and I'm glad everything kind of worked out the way it did."
As is a custom for many after a first touchdown, Milne has the memorable ball in his possession. Though he was not certain where its permanent home would be after the game, he felt strongly about giving it to some number one fans who have been there for him through his journey -- his family.
"I haven't decided yet but I want to give it to my family so they can have it back home," Milne said.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras reflects on the Commanders' season at the midway point.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the promise St-Juste showed guarding Justin Jefferson.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen looks at the highs and lows from the Commanders loss to the Vikings.
- The Washington Post's Tramel Raggs writes about the Vikings' win over the Commanders.
- The Washington Post's Michael Charles reports on the penalties and issue that Washington had against the Vikings.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about Taylor Heinicke failing to get it done against the Commanders.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen gives four takeaways to the Commanders' loss to the Vikings.
- NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay gives his stock report for the Commanders' loss to the Vikings.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey gives his take on Washington's loss to the Vikings.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux also writes that Taylor Heinicke's magic ran out against the Vikings.
- The Associated Press reports on the death of Coy Gibbs.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig writes about the Commander's loss to the Vikings.
- The Athletic's David Aldridge gives his thoughts on the Commanders' Week 9 performance.