October 24, 2020

Washington Redskins Postgame Quotes and Audio: 30-7 win over Bills

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

The Washington Redskins offense was down to the two quarterbacks battling it out for third string Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills, but that mattered little as the team piled up 452 net yards to easily defeat the Bills 30-7 before a half-empty FedEx Field.

Those that did stick around to watch the laugher were entertained by the Skins scoring on the first drive of the game and really, never stopping as they compiled 208 yards rushing and another 244 in passing yards in the effort.

“I was impressed with our football team, especially with two days less preparation time,” head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. ” For them to come out and play as hard as they did and as well as they did, there was a bunch of positive things. I’ll look forward to looking over the film and trying to come up with the best 53 [man roster] for the Monday night game.”

Rex Grossman and Pat White were both effective running offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and the head coach was well pleased with both players.

“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.”

When asked about the running game, which was particularly effective against Buffalo’s obviously undermanned defense, Shanahan praised the entire offense’s output.

“I was impressed with our offensive line and our backs. It’s a group effort anytime you run the football and our wide receivers blocked exceptionally well. So it’s a group effort anytime you run the ball and I thought we had a couple of play-action passes off of it as well that set up a couple passes, but it was a good day overall.”

For Shanahan’s complete comments, plus the audio from Grossman, White and several other Redskins players, please click on the links below.

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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.

Washington Redskins Sign Former Dolphins Quarterback Pat White

The Washington Redskins announced Thursday morning that they have signed former Miami Dolphins signal caller Pat White.

White, 27, last played in the NFL in his rookie year of 2009, a season in which he suffered a concussion that had kept him out of football for four seasons. During that time, White sued the league for what he called “permanent injuries” that resulted from the hits that he took in his only year in the NFL. The Washington Times reported that White chose to drop his case against the league Tuesday, a matter that was presumably a pre-condition to joining the Redskins.

The dynamic ability White showed in his college career at West Virginia led him to being selected as the 44th overall pick of the 2009 draft. The dual-threat quarterback was expected to run the Dolphins’ “Wild Cat” offense, but only finished with just five passing attempts and 21 rushes before suffering the concussion that would lead to his departure from the league.

Why, then, would the Redskins sign White after four years of being away from the game? It’s likely because of the Redskins’ desire to have a quarterback in camp who can best simulate Robert Griffin III in practice while he’s recovering from knee surgery. Having someone like White mimic Griffin in practice not only helps his chances of potentially staying on the roster once the season starts, but it helps condition the other ten players on offense to that style of play.

So while it’s expected that second-stringer Kirk Cousins will be getting the majority of the snaps this summer, having a quarterback who can be a stunt double for the starter while he’s on the mend seems to make sense.

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