August 22, 2019

Washington Redskins Game 7 Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Washington Redskins return home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday after two losses on the road. The Redskins have been showered with criticism after losses to Atlanta and the New York Jets back-to-back, while 2-3Tampa Bay represents the second-straight team coming off of a bye to face the Redskins. Each team came into the year with tempered expectations, and while there have been flashes for both sides, reality has met those expectations for the most part.

The Redskins’ biggest criticisms thus far are its turnover-prone QB play, and horrific point differential in the third quarter. Kirk Cousins now has 4 multi-interception games this year, and the Redskins are, not coincidentally, 0-4 in those contests. Washington has also been outscored 46-3 in the third quarter through 6 games, and has allowed second half comebacks to the Dolphins, Falcons, and Jets. [Read more…]

Five takeaways from the Washington Redskins preseason finale win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here are five big takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 24-10 preseason finale win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night and the implications:

  1. The Washington Redskins have had a good preseason avoiding injuries in their first three contests, and they survived the huge scare when Morgan Moses went down with a knee injury last Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately this week that was not the case as knee injuries were sustained by NT/DE Chris Neild and LILB Akeem Jordan. A source with knowledge backed up Jay Gruden’s belief that it is very likely that Neild has a significant ACL tear of his right knee according to ESPN 980 Radio. This could very easily open the door to a roster spot for Clifton Geathers, massive body that showed agility and power off the ball. Jordan is believed to have a non-major tear to either his MCL or ACL, but is preliminarily not having an end to the season quite yet. ILB is one of the toughest roster spots to project this year where guys will be cut that could produce this year. One huge thing that is helping Will Compton is his ability to play “Mike” & “Jack” positions. Jordan can only play Mike and Adam Hayward only Jack. Thus, the next men up for Washington at these positions are Geathers and Compton who have now possibly secured jobs for the rest of the year.
  2. The next toughest position to project for the Redskins is clearly at the running back position. Since Roy Helu did not receive any playing time it is safe to say that he has secured a roster. Chris Thompson needed a hall of fame performance to even creep back into the mind of Gruden as his durability is in question constantly. Thompson had two bright moments in an otherwise vanilla performance: he had a 25-yard catch and run reception and nearly an amazing touchdown run where he broke two tackles, one in the backfield, to lunge short of the goal line. That subpar performance opened the gates to Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk who both improved their stock quite well, while Evan Royster saw limited playing time in which he did next to nothing. Redd was the workhorse with 79 yards on 14 rushes, while Seastrunk had a more mediocre six rushes for 23 yards. The thing that Seastrunk has had on his resume since the beginning is his speed, which differentiates him from rest and it is tough to cut a guy who can a take screen pass 80 yards for a touchdown as he did in the game.
  3. The battle at wide receiver was more of the usual as Aldrick Robinson and Ryan Grant continued to shine. Robinson managed 75 yards on five receptions off eight targets, while Grant posted a similar 73 yards on five catches on a mere six targets. The things that stands out to coaches is Aldrick’s motivation to run full speed ahead on a perceivable go route to attract both the cornerback and safety, clearing the way for Chris Thompson’s 25-yard reception. On the flip side, Grant runs great routes, has good hands and is focused. Two guys who have done nearly nothing wrong this offseason have given Coach Gruden the easy decision to have quality depth behind an already elite receiving corp.
  4. A topic of speculation comes from the quarterback position as third stringer Colt McCoy played the entire game with most of the second string weapons. McCoy posted great fantasy numbers with 321 yards and two touchdowns, but had two end zone interceptions which dropped his QBR down to 105.7. Numbers that are both appropriate and welcomed for a third stringed quarterback, but not numbers to assure a roster spot on a team that may be looking to keep an extra guy in another area. That begs the question was this McCoy audition to show Gruden that he would be idiotic to cut such an asset? Did backup signal caller Kirk Cousins not play because he is about to be traded to the Rams? Or maybe he should have played to potentially raise his worth even more? All of these are possible explanations, but we will never know the answer. If Cousins is indeed staying with the team for the season, then McCoy is probably not needed.
  5. The preseason is over and now it is time to look forward and start scheming against the Houston Texans. Gruden will have to put some fairy dust on his current starting offensive line to keep Robert Griffin III clean from the dynamic bookends of Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt. As fans we are all anxiously awaiting the start of the 2014 season and cannot wait!

Washington Redskins Wrap: Skins rout Bucs, RGIII cleared

The Washington Redskins — well, the backups and guys trying to impress the coaches one last time — ran roughshod over a collection of gentlemen wearing the uniforms of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-12, in what was the final preseason tune-up for both clubs.

It’s the first time the Redskins have finished a preseason undefeated since 1985.

But the big news of the day in Redskinsland was confirmation of a thinly guarded secret: Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play Week 1 on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I did talk to Dr. [James] Andrews, and Dr. Andrews, after talking to him, he’s going to approve Robert to play,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said after the win.

Griffin, as he has all preseason, dressed with the team and took part in pregame warm-ups, running sprints with the other starters that did not play. He also took part in a separate warm-up where Dr. Andrews, Skins GM Bruce Allen and team trainers watched and evaluated his progress from the start of camp.

As for the game, Evan Royster (11 carries, 59 yards and a touchdown) and Chris Thompson (69-yard punt return touchdown) both increased their odds of making the final cut with solid performances.

Kai Forbath added field goals of 37, 30 and 47 yards to further secure his stranglehold on the place-kicker position.

Safety Brandon Meriweather made his first appearance this preseason returning from last season’s knee injury, playing the entire first half of the game. He wasn’t involved in much action, but didn’t seem out of place and reportedly felt fine after the game.

Pat White, who was and will remain a long-shot to make this team as the third quarterback, played the entire game. He went 13-for-22 for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception and ran for another touchdown. He’s had a solid preseason, but with RGIII, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman firmly entrenched, he’ll most likely have to hope the film he’s put up with the Skins this preseason will be enough to get him a look elsewhere around the league after final cuts.

Washington Redskins Game 4 Review: Despite missed opportunities, Redskins hold onto 24-22 win over Buccaneers

Robert Griffin III completed 25-of-36 passes for 323 yards and Alfred Morris ran for 113, but the Washington Redskins 24-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday night at Raymond James Stadium was anything but pretty.

As if to set the tone for the game, prior to kickoff, the Redskins announced Brandon Meriweather and Aldrick Robinson would not play due to injuries the two suffered after colliding with one another during warm-ups. Luckily for the Redskins, Trent Williams – who played the full game Sunday with a knee injury – and Pierre Garcon were able to provide much-needed strength to a roster otherwise marred by injuries in recent weeks.

The Buccaneers entered the game with the best rushing defense in the league – but it didn’t show, as the Redskins rushed for 160 yards over 30 carries on the night. [Read more…]

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