Buried on the depth chart since training camp, wide receiver Devin Thomas had no role on offense in the opening 13-7 victory over Dallas at FedEx Field.
But Thomas contributed on special teams, averaging 38 yards on two kickoff returns. His longest return covered 42 yards.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has repeatedly said Thomas must display more commitment to detail and play focused at all times. Thomas appeared to do that in the return game.
Thomas is eager to do more for the Redskins.
"The more you do, the more positive things that you show, the more opportunities you get to get on the field," Mike Shanahan said. "Devin helped himself."