In a preseason game, there are only three important considerations:
- How did the first string look compared to the other team’s first string?
- Who was injured, and how badly?
- Which bubble players helped themselves, and which hurt themselves?
The answers from the game tonight are fairly easy. The first string offense looked very good, the first string defense didn’t REALLY play, but the defense that did play did NOT look good.
Injuries were light…. Stephon Heyer looks to be the worst of the injuries at this point (halfway through the fourth quarter as I write this). Heyer looks like he’ll be fine.
So that leaves who helped themselves, and who hurt themselves. Some of those are obvious. While Todd Collins is going to be the #2 QB, and he had a fine day statistics-wise, it was obvious that the offense wasn’t nearly as crisp with him at the helm. Shawn Suisham obviously hurt himself with the missed field goal; you have to think the coaching staff is remembering that he missed the short kick that cost the Redskins the momentum back in Seattle last January. Jason Campbell looked very good, on the other hand.
However, other than perhaps Suisham, none of those are bubble players… so let’s talk about a few others…
I didn’t originally catch that Chris Horton recovered the onside kick… and with that hair, it was well into the 3rd quarter before I caught that it was Horton (all I could see was #48). But #48 was ALWAYS near the ball. In a defense that was giving up WAY too much yardage, he seems to have a been a true bright spot in the defense. My wife even started commenting on it, stating he seemed to have a good instinct on where to be. Even on plays where he’s NOT making the play, he’s almost always right there by the ball. Early return says our 7th rounder may be a keeper.
I have a guilty admission: I’m a Colt Brennan doubter. That said, he impressed me (in both a VERY good way, and in a slightly negative way) tonight. Say what you will, he made the plays. He was nearly money in the bank. VERY impressive performance… but what is up with that arm motion? That’s got me worried; I’ve never seen a good QB with a NORMAL sidearm motion… some have do it when they’re on the run, but that’s not the “normal” motion. You have to believe it will be something that Zorn will work on a year from now.
(As I write3 this, the Redskins have just won, 30-16)
Marcus Mason looked really good, but at least once, he made a bad decision: with the Redskins needing a first down, he HAD the first down if he sacrificed and dove. Instead, he ran down the line a yard short and never went for the easy yard. Bad choices like that get noticed. But otherwise, a fine performance, by both running backs, Cartwright and Mason.
And I’ll close with this: Is the Punt competition already over???