Here is what you need to know on Friday, August 31, one day before the Washington Redskins cut their roster down to 53 players.
Here are players who made their stock go up against the Ravens last night and others who saw a decline in their value.
Stock up — Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton looked bad missing a tackle early, but he bounced back well. He made a tackle for a loss on third and one, a sure tackle in the open field, a good stop at the goal line, and a solid tackle that stopped a third and 10 pass after just a three-yard gain. He also called the defenses and looked every bit the part of an NFL linebacker.
Stock down — Running back Samaje Perine needs to hold on to the ball. He had it stripped out against the Ravens last night. He ran well, but he won’t get many chances if he can’t hold on to the football.
Stock up — Rob Kelley had a solid first half, gaining 44 yards on nine carries. He also was in on the kickoff return team as a blocker. Kelley still thinks like the undrafted free agent who had to fight and scrap to make the team two years ago and that mentality will serve him well.
Stock down — Safety Deshazor Everett is the primary backup at his position and he will have to tackle better. He missed tackles on plays that gained 45 and 28 yards, failing to even try to wrap up on either play.
Stock up — Trey Quinn caught three passes for 43 yards including a 33-yard catch, but that wasn’t the most important thing he did. Quinn also was solid on special teams getting upfield on punt coverage, downing on a 56-yard punt inside the 10. He also had a seven-yard punt return. An ability to contribute on special teams will help him make the team and stay active on game days.
Stock down — At the end of a nice drive, Dustin Hopkins pushed a 37-yard field goal wide left. To be fair, he had just hit on a 32-yard attempt, but a penalty wiped the points off of the board. Still, 37 yards should be automatic.
Stock up — On the same day the Redskins signed Adrian Peterson they signed another running back, De’Veon Smith. He got some late action against the Ravens and he made the most of his chance, rushing for 42 yards on seven carries and catching a touchdown pass. The reception was the highlight as he took a short pass, broke some tackles and ran through some more.
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