Washington Redskins rookie running back Silas Redd put the finishing touches on his team's 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sun
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day, scoring on a beautiful cutback move for a 14-yard touchdown with 1:52 remaining in the game.
While some of his other teammates were adding to impressive touchdown totals for their careers, it was Redd's first score of his nascent career.
It was quite the moment, and one that still hadn't fully sunk in as he sat at his locker after the game.
"It's a beautiful feeling to contribute to the team," he said. "They gave me an opportunity and I was glad I was able to make the best of it. Like I said before, the grind never stops."
When asked about his touchdown scoring play, Redd said the call was for him to run to the right, but that he saw daylight to the left and quickly bounced to that direction.
"It was a designed outside run to the right," he said. "You've got to read the outside in, and the last cut was a cut all the way across the field.
"I had to make [Jaguars defensive end Chris] Clemons miss. (I) did that, and I was off to the races."
In fact, Redd moved the chains all on his own on the team's final offensive drive of the game, carrying the ball eight straight times for 41 yards.
Redd admitted having mixed emotions on his first carry – a 2-yard gain – but that after a few plays, he was in his comfort zone.
"I wasn't nervous," he said. "I was definitely excited and I was anxious. I think I had two hands on the ball the whole time like I didn't want to drop the ball like that.
"But once I had the first couple of hits, I was fine."
After his score, Redd was showered with congratulatory hugs and high-fives from his teammates and coaches, including third-year running back Alfred Morris, a player Redd has said he looks up to for advice about how to be a professional both on and off the field.
The 2013 Pro Bowler said he was "so excited" to see Redd and some of his other teammates get in and have success against the Jaguars.
"Just to see those guys get in from working so hard in offseason, to camp and now in the season, and for them to get this opportunity to get on the field and do what they know they can do…I'm excited about that," Morris said. "We're just looking forward to what we can do."