- Alex Smith made his Redskins “debut,” playing a single series before exiting with the rest of the first team offense. Smith was sharp, nearly leading the Redskins to a touchdown. He put the ball on Trey Quinn in the end zone, but the rookie couldn’t make the catch through tight coverage. The ball may have been a touch behind him, but you’d hope your receiver makes that play. Regardless, it was a successful drive and it looked much like the dominance Smith and the offense showed all week against the Jets in Richmond. Josh Doctson had a huge third-down conversion. Paul Richardson had a big gainer. So did Vernon Davis. It was the Redskins offense, and it’s going to be even better with Jordan Reed.
- Position battle updates:
- MLBs – No real separation as all three of Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight and Shaun Dion Hamilton made plays. Hamilton again showed his ability to diagnose and tackle, though he did have one bad miss on a blitz where Teddy Bridgewater made him look silly. The other guys made plays. Spaight is around the ball a lot, but there’s a lot of other areas where he’s got to close the gap to make the team.
- RBs – Samaje Perine looked as good as he ever has on his only carry. Unfortunately, he twisted his ankle at the end of it and that’s all we saw. Byron Marshall got dinged up, too so his looks were limited. Kapri Bibbs continues to produce when called upon. He had a huge 29-yard screen gain where he perfectly faked out a blitzer before slipping behind for the throw. He also had a couple of big blitz pickups. Rob Kelley didn’t do anything special but did have a nice catch for 13 yards. Martez Carter was electric in his first action but still seems like a longshot to make the roster.
- CBs – Danny Johnson continues to shine. The UDFA is making this team. He’s continually tested because no one knows who he is and he’s small so teams think that they have an advantage. He just keeps making plays. He knocks balls away. He is in position to prevent catches. Tonight, he displayed his newest trick: stopping a WR a yard shy of a first down with a tackle that concluded with a strip, though the fumble was deemed after forward progress was stopped. Greg Stroman didn’t flash and Adonis Alexander missed another game with his hamstring injury, but all three are on pace to make the team with Orlando Scandrick’s departure.
- The end of the game was fun, but what really mattered? First and foremost, Jay Gruden executed. The offensive staff executed flawlessly from play calls to timeout usage at the end of both halves and for a staff that has mangled the clock more than a few times, that was great to see. The three specialists also executed under pressure. The game was on the line, albeit a preseason game, and Nick Sundberg perfectly snapped to Tress Way who got the ball down for Dustin Hopkins to drill between the uprights.Kevin Hogan and Cam Sims get the highlight. Their connection to get in range was a true highlight play. Hogan needed to get 20 yards and he fired a shot that would get that done. He put it in a spot where Sims could get it, and again the rookie from Alabama made an acrobatic catch. Sims had 3 catches on the night. They were all spectacular. They also all came after he botched a Colt McCoy ball into an interception. Sims isn’t a longshot to make the roster, but I still think he’s behind too many bodies. His big play potential helps. Tonight he proved why he’s got a shot, though let’s not get too preseason-excited about that over the stuff in the first paragraph that matters more.
Stat of the day: 69 percent, as in the percentage of passes that Redskins quarterbacks completed. This offense is insanely QB friendly and even some of the incompletions were misses where receivers were running free. There was also the Sims play where the ball bounced off his hands. A hit there and you’re looking at an insane 70 percent completion percentage for the game. But hey, instead you got to make a juvenile joke during the first sentence of this paragraph. Nice.
(This is what happens when it’s 12:21 after a preseason game. It’s horrifying. I am a professional.)
Jay Gruden, ever the comedian.