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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Mesko's work on defense lauded

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Don't mess with the power of Zoltan.

That might be the theme when it comes to those recognized with black jerseys as the practice players of the week, those selected by the coaching staff as helping best prepare the team in the days leading up to a victory.

Punter Zoltan Mesko is one of this week's honorees and he earned the jersey for playing defense. The creative coaching staff tapped the 6-foot-4 Mesko as a player who could disrupt passing lanes by waving his hands around and batting down passes.

That was an area the Redskins had previously had some success.

"I was asked to do what my lanky body can do," Mesko cracked.

When asked if the role was outside the norm, Mesko joked he embraces things that are different.

"I like to break the mold," he said with a smile, before joking that the black jersey will keep him warmer than his regular white jersey at practice. 

The breakdown of practice players of the week:

Week 14
G Donald Thomas
DE Markell Carter
P Zoltan Mesko
DE Alex Silvestro
S Ross Ventrone

Week 13
DE Alex Silvestro
DE Markell Carter
QB Brian Hoyer
G Donald Thomas
TE Garrett Mills
WR Tiquan Underwood

Week 12
DE Markell Carter
RB Shane Vereen
CB Malcolm Williams

Week 11
LB/DE Jermaine Cunningham
QB Brian Hoyer
LB Mike Rivera

Week 10
OL Donald Thomas
CB Phillip Adams
LB Niko Koutouvides
RB Shane Vereen
TE Garrett Mills
DE Alex Silvestro
DE Markell Carter

Week 6
DE Markell Carter
OL Matt Kopa
CB Antwaun Molden
DE Alex Silvestro
OL Thomas Welch
C/G Ryan Wendell

Week 5
DE Markell Carter
QB Ryan Mallett
TE Garrett Mills
CB Antwaun Molden
OL Ryan Wendell

Week 4
DL Kyle Love
OT Matt Kopa
CB Antwaun Molden
RB Shane Vereen
CB Josh Victorian

Week 2
QB Brian Hoyer
OT Matt Kopa
TE Garrett Mills
CB Antwan Molden
LB Jeff Tarpinian

Week 1
WR Julian Edelman
LB A.J. Edds
OT Matt Kopa
S Ross Ventrone