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Redskins vs. Buccaneers Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights

Redskins vs. Buccaneers Live Updates: Week 4 score, stats, highlights

The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off Week 4 of the NFL preseason with a rainsoaked matchup on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

The game was moved up a day early because of incliment weather and early updates indicate the game is still on, for now.

CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries. 

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PREGAME: 

5:30 p.m. — The official kickoff time is set for 8:00 p.m. The radar in Tampa Bay doesn't look to good just two hours out.

5:40 p.m. — Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld is getting the start for the Redskins tonight. Having played his college career in Big Ten country, 'a little rain' isn't a concern.

6:10 p.m. — Oh the joys of television ... and cannons. CSNMA Insider JP Finlay still has some things to get used to. 

6:20 p.m. — The game is still on as planned, although the torrential downpour in Tampa could potentially force game officials to end the game at the half. 

6:40 p.m. — The final preseason game is, for many teams, the final audition for fringe players. As such, 26 Redskins players did not make the trip to Tampa. Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon are just few of the stars who will be watching the Buccaneers' game on TV. 

7:20 p.m. — Weather update: THERE IS A LOT OF RAIN.

8:00 p.m. — OK, it's apparently time to play football, which may be a difficult task to carry out tonight. If you're in the neighborhood of Raymond James Stadium, there are plenty of seats still available. 

FIRST QUARTER:

8:10 p.m. — The Redskins receive to start the game. Nate Sudfeld is in at QB. Robert Kelley starts at RB with Rashad Ross and Maurice Harris at WR. Logan Paulsen gets the start at TE.

8:15 p.m. — A healthy dose of Robert Kelley to start. He has been mighty impressive in the preseason. WIll he play another series? He probably shouldn't. A position on the roster is all but locked up. The Redskins rushing game looked fairly poor this preseason aside from Kelley.

8:17 p.m. — Redskins first drive stalls. Dustin Hopkins connects on a 47-yard FG. 3-0 Redskins. 

Scoring drives:

First quarter

FG Hopkins 47

Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 5:36

Drive summary: This drive took place almost all on the ground. It was mostly Robert Kelley, who carries five times for 30 yards. But Mack Brown also kicked in two for 13 yards. It added up them getting close enough for Hopkins to split the uprights.

Redskins 3, Bucs 0      

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SECOND QUARTER:

8:40 p.m. — Mack Brown wants a spot on the roster. The Florida Gators running back ran 60 yards for a TD on the first series of the second quarter. 10-0.

8:45 p.m. — Mack Brown doin' work. 

8:50 p.m. — Conventional wisdom suggested that the Redskins running back position would work itself out by the end of the preseason. But as of now it looks like the team could keep Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Mack Brown. 

8:55 p.m. — Redskins force a turnover. Deshazor Everett deflected a pass from QB Ryan Griffin and Duke Ihenacho made the grab before the ball hit the ground. 

9:05 p.m. — More from Mack Brown. Another big run has Brown at 130 yards on 12 carries. 

9:10 p.m. — The fourth game of the preseason is importnat for a lot of reasons. It takes a few games for the catering staff to get on point, too.

9:20 p.m. — Mack Brown's dad made the trip and battled the elements to watch his son have a big first half. His reward? The touchdown ball. 

Second quarter

Brown 60 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 57 yards, 0:58

Drive summary: This was Mack Brown’s show. He lost three yards on first down but on the next play he took the handoff, went off of left guard, broke a few tackles, and outran the defense to the end zone.

Redskins 10, Bucs 0    

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Grant 38 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 2:22

Drive summary: The Redskins got a short field to work with when Deshazor Everett tipped a pass and Duke Ihenacho picked it off, returning it to the Bucs 18. Robert Kelly ran for six, six, and six yards but after two incomplete passes Hopkins came in for the short field goal.

Redskins 13, Bucs 0    

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THIRD QUARTER: REDSKINS 13, BUCCANEERS 0

9:40 p.m. — Roberto Aguayo, the standout Florida State kicker drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, drills a 50-yard field goal to start the third. His preseason has been disastrous up until now. This is a sign things are trending up.

9:50 p.m. — Redskins fire back. Nate Sudfeld finds Rashad Ross fading to the corner of the end zone. Ross hauls in the catch and slides six yarss on his knees in the back of the end zone. 20-3.

10:00 p.m. — Not much to report. We did miss this from earlier. Mike Glennon still has a lot to work on. Woof.

Third quarter

FG Aguayo 50

Drive: 12 plays, 43 yards, 4:37

Drive summary: A pass from Ryan Griffin to Jonathan Krause for 17 yards into Redskins territory. A few plays later the Bucs faced fourth and two at the 36 and Griffin threw to Bernard Reedy for five yards and the first. The drive stalled there and Aguayo came in and got his kick just over the crossbar.

Redskins 13, Bucs 3    

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Ross 13 pass from Sudfeld (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:39

Drive summary: The drive got jump-started when on third and four at the 31 when Sudfeld tossed one to T.J. Thorpe who got away from an attempted tackled and scampered down the sideline for 41 yards to the Bucs 28. Then Kelly powered for 11 yards to the 17. On third and six at the 13, Sudfeld showed some good touch on a pass to Rashad Ross in the corner of the end zone. He made the grab for the touchdown.

Redskins 20, Bucs 3    

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FOURTH QUARTER: REDSKINS 20, BUCCANEERS 3

10:10 p.m.— Sudfeld still in the game. Mack Brown is clearly the game's biggest story. The defense has looked solid too, but that may not mean much given the circumstances. But alas, a strong performance thus far.

10:40 p.m. — Buccaneers score late to make it 20-13, but the Redskins hang on for the win.

10:50 p.m. — The Redskins finish the 2016 preseason 3-1. The Redskins have finished 3-1 in five of the last six years. That other year? They went 4-0 in 2013. All told, the Redskins are 19-5 in the preseason since 2011.

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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