Traded from the Buccaneers to the Redskins in the offseason, safety Dashon Goldson says "it means everything" to face his former team of two seasons.
The smile showed a different feeling than the response.
When Washington Redskins safety Dashon Goldson was asked about playing his old team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Goldson said "it means everything to play against them."
"They're on the schedule," Goldson said. "I'm going to approach this like another game. It'll be good to go out there and just go live against some guys that I had to practice against all the time. I'm familiar with a lot of them. That being said, I'm just excited to go out there and play."
But is there a little more motivation playing against the team that traded him to the Redskins in the offseason?
"Nah, not at all," he said with a smile that last a few seconds.
Through the first six games of the season, Goldson has been the veteran leader they envisioned he'd become.
His play has also resembled something closer to his days with the San Francisco 49ers – when he was a two-time Pro Bowler – than his two seasons with the Buccaneers where he had two down seasons by his standards.
Already this season, the University of Washington product has amassed 53 tackles, leading the team by one stop over linebacker Keenan Robinson.
Goldson was in Tampa Bay last season when Mike Evans came onto the NFL map, especially against the Redskins.
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In a late season matchup at FedExField, Evans recorded seven receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
While he has yet to find the end zone so far this year, and his numbers are down across the board, Goldson saw first-hand what Evans can do.
"A lot of potential, man, I see a lot of potential in him," Goldson said. "He was big guy, fast, he can run, good hands, and he's still showing up on the film. He's doing good things. You know, he might have suffered some injuries that slowed him up a little bit earlier on in the season, but he's definitely still a good football player."
But Evans isn't the only player Goldson and his teammates are concerned about.
Both Doug Martin and Charles Sims have played at the running back position this season.
After giving up nearly 400 rushing yards in the last two weeks, Goldson believes there will be a heighted awareness for the Redskins' defense to bottle them up.
"I think Doug Martin and Charles Sims do a good job of running that ball and they pretty good backs," Goldson said. "They've been good backs since I was there. Definitely got to slow down the pass, man. You can't let those two guys get behind the defense."