Redskins Vs. Broncos – Studs and Duds All

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    I can say is HOLY MISSED TACKLES BATMAN!On a night where starters were scheduled to see significant action Washington Redskins T-Shirt , the Redskins looked more like a Pop Warner team after their first week of practice. Both starters and reserves looked absolutely horrible tackling. To top that off, the first team offense sputtered under veteran Alex Smith on the first two drives of the night, and found themselves playing from behind all game. The defense could not seem to get off the field all night, while allowing 29 points. Overall, it was a poor TEAM effort by the Redskins, who looked over-matched by a Broncos squad who is far from world-beater status. Below are my Studs and Duds of the game, followed by some notes. Studs:Adrian Peterson – I hope everyone can now finally understand what a good RB can do behind this talented offensive line. Peterson looked decisive, fast, powerful and explosive in his Redskins debut. I loved how he set up the defenders on the fourth and short in the second quarter before bursting to the outside to pick up 15. He had 11 carries for 56 yards (a 5.1 YPC average). Chase Roullier – The second year center really stood out among the offensive linemen last night. I thought he played with great power (always seeming to generate movement up front), excellent hand placement, and showed well climbing to the second level. I loved the way he finished some of his blocks and played through the whistle. Great job by the second year pro!DaRon Payne – Payne continues to be a beast for anyone who tries to block him. His numbers weren’t overwhelming, but his presence was felt. Tim Settle – The rookie defensive tackle continues to show well in games. Even when he’s initially blocked, he gets in hands up in the passing lanes to disrupt plays. He is showing a very good motor as well, and doesn’t give up on plays; even ones he has no business being in. Kevin Hogan – Hogan, despite poor pass protection, managed to go 7/9 for 88 yards and two touchdowns in reserve duty Friday night. He also showed the ability to make plays on the run when protection broke down. Phil Taylor – Phil Taylor made a few nice splash plays. It’s nice to see the big fellow back out on the field.He was a complete handful for the Broncos reserve linemen. Tress Way – This guy has one hell of a leg!Duds:Alex Smith – Alex was not sharp on his first two drives of the evening, despite the line giving him time in the pocket. He was surprisingly inaccurate when throwing out of the pocket Washington Redskins Hats , missing some open targets, and making some questionable throws on others. he did look better on the team’s third offensive drive, twice hitting Richardson for nice gains. Vernon Davis – The veteran tight end didn’t look good on the evening working with the first team. he dropped a would-be first down on the first drive when Smith vacated the pocket, rolled to his right, and hit the him right between the numbers on the sideline. He also needs to understand where the first down marker is, as he ran his route a bit short on fourth and three late in the first quarter resulting in a turnover on downs. Rob Kelley – 2.4 YPC on eight attempts. Only Alex Smith averaged less on his one zone-read attempt. Tyler Catalina – Catalina was just awful with the second unit, getting both over-powered and beaten with speed both to his inside and outside. John Kling -This guy is NOT an NFL offensive tackle! He’s going to get someone killed out there. Mason Foster/Zach Vigil – The linebacker duo looked bad on the evening when working with the starters. Both players were easily blocked at the second level and missed some key tackles. Foster, in particular, looked bad, both against the run and in coverage. It’s hard to believe Martrell Spaight played better than both starting guys. Quinton Dunbar – the young corner drew the start opposite Norman, and was not very sharp in coverage, allowing his receiver to make too many plays. Troy Apke – Apke was awful, and I mean AWFUL against Denver, missing numerous key open-field tackles (the one on the Sanders end-around that resulted in a touchdown was particularly bad)and being a step late in coverage. He was also called for a holding penalty on special teams. It’s going to be a rough film session for the rookie. Notes:WAY to many missed tackles as a team. We need to clean this up ASAP!Josh Norman was not what I’d call a dud, but he didn’t show extremely well against Denver, missing some tackles (common team theme here), and not locating the football on a thrown down the sidelines late in the first quarter. Ryan Anderson was on the field for quite a few defensive snaps Washington Redskins Hoodie , but just never seems to make a play or make much of a difference. Montae Nicholson was hit-or-miss – literally. He missed two open-field tackles, but did make a few other nice plays. Fabian Moreau showed great break on the ball on two occasions; once knocking away a would-be completion in the first quarter. He made a few nice open-field tackles as well.Beautiful coverage and play on the ball by Alexander on a deep attempt down the left sideline early in the third quarter.He also had some nice tackles in the game, but just like almost everyone else, missed some too. Shaun Dion Hamilton made a nice play on the tight end in coverage in the end zone. Possibly could have been called for pass interference, but IMO, it was a bang-bang play with a good no-call. he looks comfortable in coverage.Anthony Lanier had a nice game playing with the back-ups. he had a sack and some nice tackles up front.With The Jets On Deck, Whose Stock Is Rising And Who Needs To Bounce Back? In less than a week following the Redskins pre-season opener against the New England Patriots, there has been a significant deal of change since the final whistle. On the field, there were surprise performances for better or worse and even unfortunate injuries that have taken place that resulted in better positioning for other players who may not have been projected as a candidate for the final 53-man roster. Even some players who did not play gave way to other players at the bottom of the depth chart to see significant snaps against New England. The injuries to rookie Derrius Guice and second-year wide receiver Robert Davis have knocked them out for the 2018 season, leaving openings at their position to be filled. Also, the absence of starters in the secondary allowed third and fourth string players to see significant snaps Thursday. Who all had stocks rise and fall heading into the New York Jets match-up?Rising Stock:鈥?Cam Sims – Playmaker mentality can attack the football and thinks “score” when the ball is in his hands. Added value to a receiving group. With Robert Davis down, he may be a serious contender for the final roster.鈥?Tim Settle – Settle played lights out in his debut. Despite admitting that his conditioning is not where it needs to be, he left many with a great impression with his strength and motor at the nose tackle position. 鈥?Colt McCoy – McCoy led the Redskins to 17 first-half points in an efficient manner. He displayed accuracy in the short to intermediate level throws while being able to elude rushers and throw on the run on multiple occasions, solidifying the belief from coaches he is one of the better back-ups in the league.鈥?Kapri Bibbs / Byron Marshall– Both Bibbs and Marshall showed good acceleration and explosiveness at times when touching the football. Bibbs had the longest rush of the night late in the game, and Marshall had the longest receiving touchdown of the night. Marshall showed why he is a viable option in the passing game. Both are worth keeping around when the season comes around. 鈥?Greg Stroman/Shaun Dion Hamilton – Stroman was impressive in coverage and showed his natural punt-return abilities in his debut. Hamilton was all over the field defensively making tackles for his unit. Both being late round draft picks for Washington, and if they can pay off for the Redskins, this would be a significant thing moving forward for the defense.Falling Stock:鈥?Samaje Perine – Outside of Derrius Guice Customized Washington Redskins Jerseys , Perine had the most impressive runs of the night. He displayed the strength and power that many expected him to play with his rookie season. However, it was not all pretty. For Perine, 2017 was all about ball security, as he had fumbling issues throughout the season. He fumbled in his first exhibition game of 2018, and whether or not the whistle was blown dead, this is not the right way to start a season when being evaluated by coaches.鈥?Geron Christian – Yes it was his first game, but Christian did not have an impressive or even adequate performance against New England. To be selected in the third round for Washington, he has a long ways to go.鈥?Brian Quick/Trey Quinn – I firmly believe that either Quick or Quinn will make the roster when it is all said and done. The issue here is that Quick did not play Thursday and Quinn was knocked out of the game early. From the outside looking in, there is no telling if Quick’s absence from week one was because he was favored by coaches or not. However, Quick missing time is not good if younger guys like Maurice Harris and Cam Simms can continue to perform. Trey Quinn’s injury is a reason his stock has dropped in my eyes. Not a significant drop, but without being able to show what he can do in-game it is hard to say he is one-up on any receiver on the team.鈥?Kevin Hogan – It was a tough performance for the DC-local. While he was under center in the second half, the offense went scoreless, produced less than 100 yards, and had a turnover deep in New England territory. If he is a developmental project, he has to improve his play drastically in weeks to come.Who are you looking forward to seeing in their upcoming matchup against the Jets? Discuss who you’re buying or selling in the comments below.

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