October 24, 2020

Skins waltz past Bills in third preseason tilt

LOSE RICHARD CRAWFORD FOR SEASON TO LEFT KNEE INJURY

With both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the sidelines for the Washington Redskins’ third preseason game, the quarterbacking duties fell to the two men completing for the third string job: veteran Rex Grossman and newcomer Pat White. Both players did their job Saturday afternoon, leading the Skins (3-0) to a 30-7 win over the Buffalo Bills (2-1) before a half-empty FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

Grossman completed 11-of-21 pass attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the day, a seven-yard strike to Pierre Garcon that appeared to come on an audible off a running play.

“I felt like I was going to get an obvious second-window throw, I just had to maneuver my arm a little bit to get it around ‘cause normally he’s right where we completed it,” Grossman explained afterward. “When [the defender] was up at the line, I knew there was going to be a blitzer, drop out of leverage kind of, so I faked the run a little bit just to allow Pierre to get open there and get the pass to him.”

White went 7-for-14 for 96 yards and added 26 yards on the ground and a running touchdown, a 14 yard scamper around the left end as he followed his fullback, Darrel Young, on a designed carry all the way to the goal line.

“I’m just excited to have an opportunity to get on the field and compete – whether it’s one rep or 20 reps,” White said after the game. “I’m happy to have this opportunity.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan was impressed with his signal-callers. “I thought they both played very well. Anytime you rotate guys in there like we did, for them to play at the level they did, I was impressed with that.”

Roy Helu, Jr. led the Skins in rushing, with 70 yards on 13 carries. Keiland Wiliams, the fourth-year running back, added 52 yards on eight carries, including a one yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. Chris Thompson, a rookie from Florida State, carried 15 times for 44 yards.

Eleven Skins receivers caught passes, led by Aldrick Robinson, with four catches for 61 yards.

The Skins were pretty much able to move the ball at will against the Bills defense.

“I think it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Grossman said about the Skins offense’s performance. “It’s sports, you know, momentum means everything. I don’t understand it, but it’s in every sport. You know, you start to have success, and it breeds more success, and that’s definitely true in football. Whether you’re running the ball and it opens up play-action, and you kind of get into some rhythm, and I just think everybody feels it, and everyone feeds off each other.”

According to Shanahan, DB/PR Richard Crawford suffered at least damage to the LCL in his left knee, and perhaps damage to the ACL as well, pronouncing the player “gone for the year” in his post-game press conference.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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