September 30, 2020

Washington Redskins Pre-Season Recap: Patriots

Here are the biggest takeaways from the Washington Redskins pre-season opening victory over the New England Patriots:

Keenan Robinson looked very good filling the void left by the retirement of future hall-of-famer London Fletcher. Robinson looked comfortable making the calls and tackled very well.

The defensive unit itself looked very solid, especially the front seven that dominated the Patriots offensive line and disrupted the offenses rhythm early and often.

Bacarri Rambo had a solid game. The second year safety had a few good tackles including a very nice pop to finish off a ball-carrier, and a nice recovery to make a tackle he originally took a poor angle on.

In limited time, the starting offensive unit played well. Alfred Morris ran the ball well, and RG III looked solid, and threw a picture perfect deep ball to Aldrick Robinson who could not come down in bounds to secure the touchdown.

Speaking of Aldrick Robinson, the SMU product got more of an opportunity tonight with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson sitting out of the pre-season opener, and he made the most of it. Tonight Robinson showed his drastic development to become more of a complete receiver, and not just a deep threat. Robinson ran some good routes and hauled in a touchdown (he was a few inches away from having two). Robinson finished with three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.

I fully believe that Roy Helu and Darrel Young will get more touches in Jay Gruden’s offensive system, especially through the air. Helu has a chance to really have a breakout year and flourish in Gruden’s offense.

It’s the first pre-season game so there is plenty of time for improvement, however, I wasn’t pleased with how the special teams played. The kickoff unit gave up a big return, but was bailed out by a fumble, only to have that wiped out by an off-sides penalty. Nick Williams also made a poor decision to not fair-catch a punt that resulted in the offense being pinned deep in their own territory. Kai Forbath also missed a field goal, and neither Fortbath nor rookie Zach Hocker was kicking the ball out of the end zone consistentlyon kickoffs. This area will need to be a major area of improvement for the Skins.

Fourth round selection Bashaud Breeland had a solid game, and made a few plays in coverage. The Redskins are very high on the Clemson product, and although he is still raw, I believe he has a chance to make an impact sooner than later.

The running back position is going to be one of the most difficult positions to figure out for the Redskins, simply because all of their backs have played well. Morris and Helu are essentially locks to make the 53‑man. However, Chris Thompson had a solid game, especially catching the ball out of the back field, Silas Redd also showed his ability running and catching, and Evan Royster had some solid touches.

As for sixth round selection Lache Seastrunk, he had a solid game as well. BUT you have to remember that he played mostly late in the second half against a majority of players that will not make the Patriots roster. With that being said you have to love Seastrunk’s burst and the electric ability to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. My one issue with Seastrunk is that he bounces carries to the outside far too often. He had some success with it today, but against the third string defense, against a starting NFL defense runs like that will not be as successful, and sometimes Lache tries to do a little too much.

Receiver Rashad Ross had a very solid game for the Skins. He had a solid 37 yard kickoff return, a beautiful deep catch, to go along with some very physical run blocking from the rookie wide out.

Will Compton had a solid day at inside linebacker, especially on a goal line stand where he made a nice play in the backfield.

One last note about the defense, they swarmed to the ball tonight. All eleven players on the field were sprinting toward the ball until the whistle was blown. This has been a point of emphasis this off-season, and a good habit for the Redskins Defense to get into.

About Justin Byram

Justin Byram is the Washington Redskins Page Editor for District Sports Page. Justin started writing about the Redskins with the Maryland Sports Blog and currently contributes to Hogs Haven, Son of Washington, and Pro Player Insiders. You can email him at JustinByramWriting@yahoo.com and follow him on twitter @Justin_Byram.

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