Keep your eye on these young guys
With two preseason games under the Washington Redskins belt, there has been some bright spots and surprising players that have broke through the mold of being “bench warmers”.
Besides the newest big name in DC, Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have a lot of new and undiscovered talent. The excitement for this team is growing with every day of training camp, every game, and basically every moment and it doesn’t hurt that the Skins have the youth and the skill to go with it.
As we all know, the Redskins have been one of the biggest laughing stocks not only in the NFC East but in the entire NFL in most recent years. We have all been through the “Black Mondays”…. the Mondays were you go to work after talking so much trash to that Cowboys fan leading up to Sundays game and having to eat that proverbially crow. We always wondered why this team couldn’t get over the hump and be a contestant winner and it a lot of it had to do with the age and ability.
Being a skins fan has been rough, but things seem to be turning around in our nation’s capital. Coach Mike Shanahan has ejected youth, speed, and smartness to this ball club and is looking to do big things in the 2012-2013 season. Guys like RG3, Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins, and Josh Wilson will benefit from having OTA’s and training camp start on time this year. Getting the proper reps is key for the development of a young player in is early playing years.
With that being said, here are some guys that you might want to keep an eye out for in the last two preseason games:
- Aldrick Robinson – WR : This little guy has come up big and strong, not only in the preseason but has stuck out during training camp and has probably been the most consistent WR on the team. His toughness and willingness to go over the middle and make difficult catches speaks volumes. Robinson had a 49 yard touchdown catch (with 35 of the yards being YAC) against the bears in last week’s preseason’s game, bringing his total to 6 catches for 104 yards on the day. Keep a close eye on this kid Skins fans, he might be a special one.
- Richard Crawford – CB : Standing only at 5’11, Crawford is really energetic and feisty. Known for his great ball hawk skills in college, Crawford has all but exceeded the expectations of making this football team as the nickel corner and could step in when they move D-Hall to safety in some packages. He has the ability to also return kicks if called upon to do so. So far this preseason, Crawford has been around the ball more than the starters have been, causing a fumble and picking Fitzpatrick off in the opening preseason game. He’s another player that is primed to make some noise.
- Josh LeRibeus – G/T/C : I remember tuning into the draft and watching the Skins take Josh in the 3rd round, I had no Idea who this guy was but understood the pick. My interest was peeked when Draft Guru Mike Mayock said “he’s got a nasty disposition”, something that this offensive line has needed ever since Chris Samuels retired. LeRibeus has short arms but once he gets a hold of you, you’re not going anywhere. Josh can play all the O-line positions making him very versatile and a strong key to being a big time player on this team.
- Dezmond Briscoe – WR : I REALLY like Briscoe’s size and ability to make big plays. Sure we haven’t seen too much of this former 6th round pick for the Bengals, but last year he made some noise with the Bucs chalking up 35 receptions for 387 yards and 6 touchdowns (pretty good year for a third receiver). Dez is a big dude with very good speed, standing at 6’2 210 pounds. This guy could have what it takes to stretch the field and get into the endzone with ease. Another WR to keep a close eye on.
- Kirk Cousins – QB : Oh no!! Seems like after the Bear’s game people are starting to write off Griff as the starter…time to let Kirk take those first team snaps DOE!…no people…this is Robert’s team and Cousins understands that fully. It’s so funny how this worked out. I was telling a friend that if we didn’t trade up for a RG3 the only two QB’s I would be satisfied with would be Kirk Cousins and Kellen Moore. Cousins had a heck of a game for the skins last week going 18 for 23 with 264 yards and 3 touchdowns and looked more comfortable as the game went on. Could he take the backup job from Rex?
The skins are going to have a lot of evaluating to do over the next 3 to 4 weeks. Let’s see where these players land in the rotation.
Other players and situations to watch:
– Alfred Morris
– Evan Royster
– The health of Tim Hightower
– Brandon Banks
– Keenan Robinson
– Jarvis Jenkins
– Terrence Austin