NEW ORLEANS—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 9, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Carolina Panthers.
The Redskins lost an ugly one to the Saints; here are the players who saw their stock go up and whose went down.
Stock down—After three weeks as a riser, Alex Smith's stock took a downturn. After solid games against the Cardinals and Packers, he came up small in his duel with Drew Brees. In the competitive phase of the game, meaning the first half, Smith completed barely half of his passes. Yes, the defense didn't really give him a chance to compete. Still, it is fair to expect more.
Stock up—For the second straight week, Paul Richardson was productive at wide receiver, catching four of the five passes targeted to him for 50 yards. He is proving that he can do more than just go deep. As he develops more versatility his stock will continue to go up.
Stock down—When Ryan Kerrigan got his first sack of the year it should have been a moment to celebrate. It was a third-down play and the Saints were about to punt. But after the whistle, Montae Nicholson pushed Mark Ingram to the ground and he was correctly flagged for unnecessary roughness. Instead of punting, the Saints stayed on the field and drove for a touchdown to make it 14-3. While Nicholson hasn’t played poorly this season he hasn’t made any big plays either. You don’t want the first time you get noticed on the field to be on a play like that.
Stock up—Rookie NT Daron Payne got his second sack in as many games and he got another quarterback hit. Payne was part of a defensive line that helped hold a Saints averaging 4.4 yards per rushing attempt to an average of 3.1 yards per carry.
Stock down—Nobody on the Redskins offensive line played well. Smith was sacked three times and he was harassed a number of other times. Washington averaged just 2.2 yards per rushing attempt. Breakdowns occurred all up and down the line in an overall poor performance.
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