FOXBOROUGH, MA—Here is what you need to know on Friday, August 10, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Jets in their second preseason game.
Here are the players who played well against the Patriots and saw their stock rise and some others who now have declining stock.
Up—WR Cam Sims caught a 57-yard pass from Colt McCoy. It was a nice pass, looped over the fingertips of a leaping safety. Sims made the most of it, staying inbounds and dismissing a few tacklers to get down to the one-year line. Jay Gruden said that he was looking for players who could shine under the bright lights and Sims, who has been inconsistent in practice, needed a good game.
Down—When QB Kevin Hogan came into the game for the last series of the first half, the Redskins had racked up 259 yards of offense. They ended with 333, meaning that they got 74 yards of offense with Hogan under center. The problems weren't all on him, but he did nothing to elevate the level of play of the offense. He did a few things well, but with the ball in Patriots territory and his team having a chance to take the lead, he coughed up the ball after a sack.
Up—NT Tim Settle was playing with backups against backups, but that shouldn’t take away from his performance. He dominated the middle, posting five tackles and forcing and recovering a fumble.
Down—RB Samaje Perine got off a few good runs but he did put the ball on the ground, something he has to avoid at all costs. Fortunately, the fumble, which the Patriots recovered, was negated because of the referees’ questionable assertion that his forward progress had been stopped. Perine was lucky this time, but his next fumble could be his last for the Redskins
Up—Midway through the first quarter, RB Byron Marshall showed why he is a serious candidate to make this roster. On a play from the New England 25, he got matched up against a linebacker and McCoy looked for him all the way. Marshall took in the short pass, turned on the jets, and went in for the touchdown. Not many can do that.
Bureau of statistics
Only one player who started last night on offense, RB Rob Kelley, might be a Week 1 starter. In all, 29 Redskins did not play.
On the record
Gruden on why so many of the team’s starters did not play: I think a lot of thinking was I want to see our guys play against hopefully a lot of the starters for New England. I think it’s a great opportunity for some of these core backup players to get some great experience against a great team on the road. That was part of it. The other part of it is we have the Jets coming in for a couple of days of practice.
Comment: Yeah, I guess. Bill Belichick did the same thing, so there must be some merit to the strategy. I still think there is some value is giving the starters five to 10 plays just to get them out there. The thing is, coaches like Gruden are terrified of the thought that they might reduce the length of the preseason. If they continue to make the first look just like the fourth, they could disappear in a hurry.
Today: Off day
Upcoming: Preseason Jets @ Redskins (Aug. 16) 6 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 22 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 30 days
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