After a 21-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Friday night, the Redskins improved to 2-1 in the preseason, with the preseason finale coming on Thursday. The injuries mounted for the Redskins.
Ryan Kerrigan left the game early on Friday with a groin injury. An MRI was fortunately negative. It is uncertain if Kerrigan will miss any practice time, but overall, it’s better news for Redskins fans. RB Keith Marshall suffered a left elbow strain. He was seen in a sling and will be out for at least the rest of the preseason. Not good for Marshall, as that allows more carries and time on the field for Undrafted rookies Robert Kelley and Mack Brown. Based on performance, you would expect that Kelley may have a lock on a roster spot. T Morgan Moses left the game with an ankle injury as did Quinton Dunbar. Both are considered day to day.
The Redskins did receive good news. After trading a conditional seventh round pick to New England for Center Bryan Stork, mini drama followed with Strok contemplating retirement at 25 years old. That won’t happen. Stork will be reporting to the Redskins and should be considered the front runner to start at center. Kory Litchensteiger has struggled all preseason and was called for three penalties Friday night. He will certainly bolster the interior of the offensive line. The confer on Stork is his battles with concussions during his short three year career.
On Saturday, the Redskins reduced their roster by ten players. The following players were waived.
T Al Bond
T Cody Booth
LB Shiro Davis
LB Ejiro Ederaine
CB Jeremy Harris
LB Willie Jefferson
WR Valdez Showers
WR Dez Stewart
WR Jarvis Turner
RB Kelsey Young
Looking at the list, you shouldn’t see any surprises.
Taking a look at who made gains in the Buffalo win.
DL Ziggy Hood had another strong game, racking up another sack Friday night. He is a likely lock for a roster spot.
RB Robert Kelley made the most of unfortunate backfield injuries, gaining 51 yards at 4.3 yards per carry. He most certainly is a roster lock, given the injuries at the position.
QB Kirk Cousins struggled in the first quarter, completing 3 of 11 passes and throwing an interception. Let’s call it a rhythm issue. In the second quarter, Cousins toasted the starting Buffalo defense for three TD passes in 8 minutes. He finished the game completing 12 of 23 for 188 yards.
Will Blackmon forced a fumble in consecutive weeks. Defensive coaches love turnovers. Blackmon added four tackles.
Rookie CB Kendall Fuller had another strong game and looks like he will be a stud at some point. He is doing the one thing you want to see from a young player, he is learning from his mistakes. Fuller also sealed the win for the Redskins with an end zone interception.
Redskins tight ends caught 9 passes with Jordan Reed grabbing a TD pass. Vernon Davis caught 3 passes for 42 yards.
Punter Tress Way continues to boom punts, averaging 53.3 yards per punt on 6 punts.
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