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Preseason Week 2 Observations Redskins vs Jets

Preseason Week 2 Observations Redskins vs Jets

Preseason Week 2 Observations Redskins vs Jets

The Washington Redskins had their preseason home opener Friday night against the New York Jets. These games don’t mean much in the full realm of things except you want to stay healthy, and you want to be able to see what kind of depth you have.

The Redskins lost runningback Matt Jones to an AC sprain in his shoulder, it’s unknown as of yet as to the severity of the injury but Jones left the game. The main question marks surrounding this team involve their running game and their ability to stop the run on defense. The Jets abandoned the running attack along the way so it’s hard to gauge how well Washington did in that area. Below are some observations/notes from the game.

Observations:

Spencer Long got the start for the second straight game. No Trent Williams, Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan, Josh Norman, Pierre Garcon, Kirk Cousins, Bashaud Breeland or Will Compton.

The fumble early on was Colt McCoy’s fault. He didn’t properly place the ball in Matt Jones’ hand before letting go. Jones continues to try to run around the defense on the edge instead of attempting to run through or inside. On one particular run Jones had the first down after a couple yard run and opted to cut it outside, where he was met by the defense protecting the edge. If Jones would have continued his original path this gain could have easily turned into a 5+ yard gain. After all Jones is not a small man, chances are he can run over some of these guys with a full head of steam.

McCoy’s pass to Jamison Crowder on the first drive was cool, calm and crisp. Crowder, as always, found an open space and got his feet in bounds…this guy looks extremely good thus far this year.

McCoy was 6-6 with 58 yards and had a 7-yard TD pass to Crowder before a pass interference call killed the play. McCoy proceeded to complete another short pass to Crowder following the penalty before rolling right two plays later and tossing up what looked a ball he meant to throw out-of-bounds…except it landed in Darrell Revis’ hands. McCoy’s first incompletion, was an interception. It’s hard to tell what was on Colt’s mind at the time he let go of the ball…after looking at the replay it looks like maybe he thought he could loop it over Revis into Crowder’s hands. That of course was a mistake. McCoy is extremely athletic, and the team could do much worse at backup QB, but that is why Colt isn’t a starter in the NFL. He should have immediately read that defense and saw Revis, throwing the ball out of bounds would have been the smart play. When you’re in the redzone you have to get points.

Redskins first defensive possession–> 3 and out. Good crisp coverage…Fitzpatrick looked horrible.

On the punt return fumble by Crowder: He caught the ball and the Jets defender made an incredible play (also injuring himself) to cause the fumble almost simultaneously following Crowder securing it. Thankfully Quinton Dunbar was there to make the recovery after a huge loss of yardage.

Matt Jones had 7 carries for 31 yards before the shoulder injury.

Vernon Davis made a nice catch 15-20 yards down the field that was negated due to penalty.

Once Jones was out of the game the Redskins found themselves relying heavily on Chris Thompson…this is dangerous when you consider Thompson is not a big guy, Leonard Williams bowled over him with ease and sacked McCoy. The team likely saw this and started using Robert Kelley more to block after this.

Tress Way sure does manage to boom at least two HUGE punts every game…he coffin-cornered one inside the three yard line on his first punt Friday.

David Bruton could have stopped the first play inside the three-yard line for a loss but Bilal Powell broke his arm tackle and scrambled out for the first down.

On the Kellen Davis (Jets TE) fumble: Martrell Spaight caused the fumble by making an impact hit right on the ball and jarring it out so that DeAngelo Hall could recover it. Spaight looks like a future starter.

Robert Kelley is a different type of back than Jones. He likes to make cuts, but appears to like the inside cut over the outside type that Jones appears to be in love with.

On the failed fourth and 1: You have to go for it in preseason as you can’t duplicate that type of in-game situation in practice. In the end, the team’s inability to gain the one-yard could be attributed to a mixture of things; the Jets are stingy up front, the play-calling was awfully bland and/or the Redskins don’t have a short-yardage back they can depend on, especially not with Jones on the bench hurt.

Chris Baker was ultra-close to a sack on 3rd and 10…end result? Another 3 and out. Fitzpatrick looked uncomfortable again, the defense is doing their job keeping him uneasy.

The safety came on a holding call that took place in the endzone by Spencer Long…the play it occurred on was actually a 12-yard play that would have been a first down.

Quinton Dunbar continues to develop…he’s starting to be able to cover and use his long arms to defend any pass even when the receiver has positioning in his favor. The Jets with QB Geno Smith?? Another 3 and out for the defense.

Houston Bates nearly blocked a punt before the end of the 1st half. The play was another in a long line that point towards Bates making the roster for a special teams/backup role.

The Redskins receiver unit is DEEP! Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross are both capable receivers who would start elsewhere and rookie Maurice Harris looked good on Friday as well. Ross looked extremely good on the goal-line fade for the over-the-shoulder TD at the end of the second quarter. On the drive McCoy 4-4 for 53 yards and a TD.

Will Blackmon’s interception was more of a bad decision by Geno Smith than it was a great play by Blackmon…although Blackmon’s ability to read the QB, stay underneath of the route, and then hang on and reel in the turnover is a definite plus. The interception came on a pass that should have never been thrown, Smith lost sight of Blackmon somehow.

The second Rashad Ross to Colt McCoy TD of the send quarter was a beauty that Ross made a really good play on to make the catch. His pure speed opened the play up for McCoy to toss it up, then Ross went up and got it despite being pulled back from behind. Ross has all but inked his final spot on the roster, not he’s in the running for the number 4 spot on the depth chart. Many thought Josh Doctson would hold that spot but the rookie has yet to get off the PUP list since camp started.

Colt McCoy stat line: 14-17 159 Yards, 2 TD’s and 1 interception.

Kendall Fuller has some cover skills that once he gets used to the speed of the game, are going to allow him to shine in this league. He’s super-talented….on one play I noticed he almost led a hit with his helmet, which is a no-no. Fuller will only get himself hurt doing tackling in that way.

Fuller still needs work, as proven at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Bryce Petty went up top to Robbie Anderson for a 54 yard pass over Fuller. Fuller also made a nice tackle on third down at the line to kill that same drive and hold NY to a FG.

The fumble between Nate Sudfeld and Robert Kelley was the same type of situation as in the first half with McCoy and Jones….the QB has to make sure the ball is in the RB’s arms before letting go, it’s that simple. Sudfeld threw one pass that should have been intercepted, the defender dropped the ball.

Terrance Garvin is a name that was said time and time again late Friday. Not sure where things will shake out but Garvin has made best of the chance given with the third string…perhaps a practice squad guy.

The Redskins were able to close the game out with a one-handed TD grab by rookie receiver Kendal Thompson.

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