Well, if you paid for a ticket to the second preseason game of the season, you would have likely been disappointed. Sure, the Redskins snuffed out a late 22-18 win over the New York Jets, but fans didn’t get to see most starters. You would have thought you were attending preseason game 4. QB Kirk Cousins, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Pierre Garçon, TE Jordan Reed, CBs Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, DE Ryan Kerrigan, and other starters sat out last evening.
The one starter who did play that now Redskins fans wish he didn’t was RB Matt Jones. Jones left the game with a left shoulder injury. A time-table for his return is uncertain. The injury is likely causing consternation at Redskins Park. One of the biggest concerns for the coming season was running back and now it isn’t only just a concern, but a down right problem. Jones already provided concern for Redskins fans due to fumbling and durability concerns. Both nightmares came to reality lasts night.
Furthermore, with Jones sidelined, none of the reserve running backs did anything particularly special to lay kind of claim to the running back job while Jones is sidelined. Chris Thompson is more of a third down back and carried the ball 4 times for 18 yards. Draft pick Keith Marshall looked rather unimpressive for the second consecutive game, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry on 10 rushes. Four running backs outside Jones rushed for just 60 yards. After a dismal performance last week. The Redskins running game should be causing alarms to be going off everywhere at Redskins Park.
Backup QB Colt McCoy had a decent game, competing 13 of 16 for 159 yards. He did throw a pick deep in Jets territory. After a stunningly good game last week, Nate Sudfield came down to reality. He did lead the Redskins on a late game winning scoring drive, capped off with a 18 yard TD pass to Kendal Thompson. But, otherwise, Sudfield looked like he should, mediocre at best.
Much like last preseason, Rashad Ross put it another strong performance, catching 4 passes for 58 yards. He looks uncoverable at times. Ross was targeted 5 times and hauled in 4. He did have a rather nice TD reception in the first quarter nullified by penalty. Ryan Grant had a nice evening as well, hauling in 4 passes for 43 yards.
Punter Tress Way continued to punt like a possible Pro Bowler. He really is money back there. He averaged 47.7 yards per punt on 7 punts.
2015 draft pick Martrell Spaight is making the most of his playing time. Starting last evening, Spaight had four tackles and a forced fumble.
Big concerns going forward is exactly where the Redskins do not want concerns: running back and deoffensive line.
Redskins are 1-1 in the preseason and face Buffalo next Friday night. We should see some decent playing time from the starters. The running back watch is now on.
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