The Redskins got their second preseason win in as many games Monday night when they defeated the Steelers 24-13. While there were plenty of highlights during the game, there was also plenty of mistakes and lowlights.
Many sites do a good, bad, and the ugly, and this is my version:
Ryan Kerrigan dominated in his time on the field and this was without Rak opposite him. (1 sack, 1INT, 1 FF, 1TD). Pittsburgh’s O-line couldn’t slow him down, whether at OLB or DT. His interception and return for a TD was the highlight of the night.
Cofield dominated pro bowl center Maurkice Pouncey all night while he was on the field. He stuffed the run and got constant pressure up the middle on Big Ben. He did fracture his hand but that isn’t supposed to keep him out of any regular season games
Good Rex was on display last night. (10/16 133 yards, 1TD, 1INT, 1 fumble). Of course he had the two turnovers, the fumble was his fault but the interception was NOT Rex’s fault as Jordan Reed admitted to running the wrong route.
Again Roy showed well. He touched the ball twice on offense and had 44 yards and a TD. One rush 30 YDs TD/one reception 14 yards. He didn’t get much playing time because the teams wanted Morris to get some run along with the rookies but Helu played well. He also returned a kickoff and looked good doing it.
Even though Rob Jackson has been invisible this camp and preseason, other reserves have stepped up at OLB. Brandon Jenkins, Daryl Tapp and Vic So’oto. They all had constant pressure on the Steelers QBs.
-Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe:
They made some tough catches over the middle. Hank’s one handed grab was a thing of beauty. Robinson and Briscoe held onto to balls across the middle. Unfortunately, Hank and Robinson left the game with a minor knee injury and a thigh bruise but they are expected to be fine. If it was a regular season game they more than likely would have returned.
Boy was I wrong about him. His tackling is atrocious, he dropped what could have been an interception at one point and he is very inconsistent at coverage. Even though a certain amount of his contract is guaranteed, I’d cut my losses and go with Crawford #4 and Minifield #5.
He’s still inconsistent. He had a few nice tackles, but his awareness in coverage and how he seems to be late on assignments is still very obvious, especially in coverage. He’s mostly a good tackler, but it’s just not enough. If he doesn’t step it up, Pugh could take his spot or even Jose Gumbs, who he seemed to make a lot of tackles last night. Of course if Tanard Jackson can give us anything, I still expect us to keep him over any of these young guys. Not that I love the idea of Tanard being on our team, but I just think it will happen.
He’s been unable to tackle anyone in the open field one on one. He seems not to be able to break down and attack a ball carrier. He does well in coverage and as a blitzer as we’ve given up no long pass plays and he forced a fumble on a run blitz last night, but he really has to improve his open field tacking.
-Tyler Polumbus in pass blocking:
Polumbus is just an atrocious pass blocker. He was eaten up by Lamarr Woodley all night. He was also called for a holding call.
-Injuries, injuries, injuries:
None are serious thankfully, but Cofield (fractured hand), Cousins (mild foot sprain), Aldrick Robinson (thigh bruise), and Leonard Hankerson(minor knee injury) all got nicked up. According to reports, none of these players should miss a game of the regular season and all might have returned (but Cofield) if it was a regular season game but still the injuries seem to be mounting, whether minor or not.
For a coach that preaches discipline and has to constantly apologize for penalties and say it will be fixed, and that’s now how a team coached by him plays, he sure continues to have a problem with penalties. 7 penalties for 72 yards is just way too much, I guess it’s better than the 11 from last week, but it’s still too much. Hopefully, this is just a preseason problem and rust and it will be worked out.
-The rookies looked like rookies, including Minifield on a few plays:
This can be good also, because they have something to learn from but at times the rookies look lost and it was ugly as a result. While there were some good moments, David Amerson didn’t get good depth on some of his zone coverage allowing easy completions in front of the safeties.
Chris Thompson had one good run, then fumbled and hurt his arm when fellow rookie Shamarko Thomas nearly split him in two. Bacarri Rambo struggled to tackle in the open field. Jordan Reed had a few slip ups, including running the wrong route in the redzone which led to the Grossman pick. Nothing to be worried about, just that these guys are rookies and that they’re still learning but must improve if they want to see significant time during the season.