BALTIMORE — The first game of the Redskins' 2017 preseason is in the books and things did not exactly go according to plan.
Here are five takeaways from the Redskins' 23-3 preseason loss to the Ravens.
1. It’s possible to raise some concerns even in a very small sample size.
Offense is going to be the team’s calling card this season as it has been in the past two years. It is not encouraging to see the offensive starters go three and out twice before taking their shoulder pads off for the night.
In particular, the vaunted offensive line looked lost, allowing a sack, a pressure, and a tackle for a loss on third and one.
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2. Nate Sudfeld has a long way to go and he may never get there.
The second-year quarterback relies too much on his arm too often instead of stepping into throws. He had one good throw, a 31-yard strike to rookie receiver Robert Davis. Other than that he was 4 for 11 for 37 yards (3.4 yards per attempt).
3. The Redskins just might have a good one in Jonathan Allen.
His sack for zero yards was his only tackle but he made a smart play there in containing the quarterback as he scrambled. He cut upfield but he had Allen waiting for him and the defender dragged him down.
Allen could be fun to watch in extended playing time.
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4. Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins both said that they had not prepared for some of the pressure that the Ravens put on them.
And not scouting and preparing for your opponent in the preseason is standard operating procedure. But perhaps Gruden should rethink the way he scripts the preseason games offensively and have some wrinkles to throw at the other team. You don’t want to give away too much in the preseason but if the other team is going to get exotic, you have to counter with some surprises of your own to try to keep your offense on the field.
5. Samaje Perine is not going to be your Week 1 starting running back.
He removed all doubt tonight even though he did lead the team in rushing with 15 yards on six carries. But he also fumbled once (he recovered), dropped a pass, and didn’t have a good sense for where to run much of the time.
He will learn but he is not going to push Rob Kelley out of the starting lineup anytime soon.