BY PETER HAILEY
Comcast SportsNet's Amputee Warrior Softball Classic provided a great opportunity to see many NFL players take their talents to a different field.
In a game between teams managed by Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, more than 20 current and former NFL players had a chance to show off their softball skills. Some impressed, while others, well, didn't.
The contest ended in a 14-14 tie.
Here are grades for some of Redskins who took part (of course, everyone who participated gets an A+ for volunteering to appear in tonight's event, so we'll just take a look at their on-field performance).
Tress Way: A+
Tress Way turned in an effort that would impress Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.
The Redskins punter smacked two inside-the-park home runs, rounding the bases with ease, and also made a few nice plays in the outfield. If Way wants to be involved in more trick plays, he would be wise to send tape of the game to special teams coach Ben Kotwica -- the highlights would make a pretty convincing case. It was a performance for the ages.
Niles Paul: B
If Niles Paul was an MLB player, he could only survive as a DH in the American League. He did some damage with the bat, but his glove work left a lot to be desired.
Paul pitched for Cousins' squad most of the game, but made at least three errors on come-backers while trying to make a throw to first base. However, he did notch a few base hits and was a terror on the base paths, making up for much of his lackluster defensive play.
Will Compton: B+
If there was a gold glove to be handed out after tonight's showdown, it would definitely go to Redskins linebacker Will Compton.
Compton played left field for Cousins, and paired up with center fielder Tress Way to form a duo of outfielders that could cover a lot of real estate. He displayed good fundamentals, a strong arm and even laid out for a diving catch in the middle innings that had all of Prince George's Stadium buzzing. Could he be a serviceable defensive replacement in the majors?
Ricky Jean-Francois: D
New Washington lineman Ricky Jean-Francois performed capably in the field for a man his size, but his bat earned him a low grade.
One might think someone of his stature would have no trouble crushing soft lobs in the batter's box, but for whatever reason, he simply couldn't get the timing right. RJF whiffed on more than a few pitches, and even struck out swinging in the first inning. He'll probably be the guy who's happiest to get back on a football field.
Kai Forbath: B+
Kai Forbath is getting the same grade as Compton because his game is similar to the linebacker's.
The Redskins kicker played center field for Pitta's team and played it extremely well -- he showed off his arm on more than a few occasions. He even made a Willie Mays-esque, over-the-shoulder catch for the game's first out. He belted a triple in his last at-bat, as well.
Maybe Forbath and Way should talk to Kotwica together.
Kirk Cousins: A
Cousins didn't play tonight, but as a manager, he looked quite comfortable. Perhaps managing NFL huddles had something to do with that.
The Redskins signal caller argued with umpires after they called one of his players out for not tagging up properly. He also made a lot of smart substitutions, including replacing Niles Paul with Tress Way, who went on to close out the game.