CLEVELAND -- The Redskins looked awful in their preseason opener against the Browns, but considering how few starters played, maybe it's not the end of the world? Maybe.
Even with 90-man rosters and a boatload of penalties, there are some key takeaways from Washington's 30-10 loss in Cleveland.
- Not yet - Redskins fans have been itching to see rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins on the field, and Thursday, he got plenty of work. It wasn't pretty. At all. Throughout training camp Haskins has shown flashes of brilliance surrounded by large periods of inconsistency. The same thing showed up against the Browns. Haskins showed his elite arm strength, but also cemented that he's not ready for the bright lights. He threw two interceptions and had a fumble. Case Keenum was clearly the better option at QB.
- Needs work - The Redskins offensive line was a mess, particularly early when Cleveland had its starting defensive line on the field. The right side isn't that big of a worry as Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses sat out the game. The left side, however, is a different story. Some combination of Geron Christian, Donald Penn, Ereck Flowers and Wes Martin will start at left tackle and left guard. Christian and Flowers looked like the worst option, and Penn looked the best of the group. Nobody looked like Trent Williams. Nobody.
- About that defense - Measure the reaction to this, but when the Redskins "starting" defense was on the field, the unit got shredded. A number of guys weren't playing - Josh Norman, Landon Collins, Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Ryan Kerrigan, just to name a few - but the Redskins presumed starting linebackers did play, and got torched while Browns QB Baker Mayfield was out there. It was a rough look for a unit that some considered faster and more prepared to handle pass coverage.
- Somebody delivered - Jimmy Moreland has been one of the most fun stories for this Redskins team since he was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 Draft, and he didn't disappoint on Thursday. He forced two fumbles and was flying all over the field. Moreland is clearly on the Redskins 53-man roster, and if he keeps it up, will push for meaningful snaps once the games actually matter.
- Well deserved - Robert Davis tore up his knee last August in Richmond, and has worked really hard to come back from the injury. On Thursday night he scored the Redskins' only touchdown, and it was a nice moment in a game full of ugly.
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