The Redskins Youth Report: Week Ten

In this feature article, we track and analyze the progress of the Redskins rookies.

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THE ROOKIES

LB S’ua Cravens:  Cravens had a solid game against Minnesota.  He continues to learn and excel in this defense each and every week.  His tremendous talent allows DC Joe Barry to move him around in multiple positions and to put him in places to make plays.  Besides tallying 6 tackles, he had two QB pressures and a tackle for loss, which was a six yard loss on Vikings RB Ronnie Hillman.  The defensive coaching staff has to be pleased with his performance this past week.  Week Grade:  A

Last Week Stats: 6 tackles, 2 QB pressures, 1 Tackle for Loss against the Vikings

Season Stats:  22 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 Interception, 4 Pass Deflections, 2 Tackle for Loss

WR Josh Doctson:  Doctson was placed on the Injured Reserve. .  Grade:  Incomplete

Last Week Stats:  None, on the IR.

Season Stats: 2 Receptions, 66 Yards, 33 YPC, 57 Long, 0 TDs

CB Kendall Fuller:  This was not Kendall Fuller’s best game.  At all.  He has had a solid rookie season, but this past week was his roughest.  Stefon Diggs had a dominating day, catching 12 passes for 158 yards.  Much of the damage Diggs dished out came at the expense of Fuller.  Fuller allowed 106 of the 158 yards for Diggs on 6 catches.  The only consolation is the fact Diggs remainder yards gained and catches came against four other Redskins defensive backs.   Week Grade:  F

Last Week Stats: 4 Tackles, 1 Pass Defense

Season Stats: 26 Tackles, 0 Sack, 0 Interception, 2 Pass Deflections, 0 Tackle for Loss

WR Maurice Harris:  Harris , an undrafted rookie, had his best day of his young career against the Vikings.  QB Kirk Cousins spread ball around to seven receivers.  Harris caught three passes, the first of which, was his first NFL career reception.  Harris has been praised by coaches for his ability to pick up the offense fairly rapidly.  He continues to get increased looks and targets from Cousins and that will only increase as Harris continues to develop trust and consistency with Cousins and offensive coordinator Sean McVay.  He may very well have already climbed above Rashad Ross on the wide receiver depth chart, but may soon leap over Ryan Grant as well. Although his role was limited against the Vikings, he made the most of it with 3 receptions for 28 yards.   Week Grade:  B+

Last Week Stats: 3 Receptions, 28 Yards, 9.3 YPC, 0 Long, 0 TDs

Season Stats: 3 Receptions, 28 Yards, 9.3 YPC, 0 Long, 0 TDs – – –  1 Kick Return, 17 Yards

DE Matt Ioannidis: Ioannidis was inactive for the week.    Week Grade:  Incomplete

Last Week Stats: Not Active

Season Stats: 4 Tackles, 0 Sack, 0 Interception, 0 Pass Deflections, 0 Tackle for Loss

RB Robert Kelley:  Rob Kelley proved last week that he can handle the bulk of the carries for the Washington ground game.  With Matt Jones being deactivated, the ground game turned to Kelley and Kelley ran for 97 yards on 22 carries, an average of 4.4 yards per carry.  His longest run came in the second half, a solid 21 yard dash, in which he shed two tackles.  Kelley actually started with a slow start, but brought on the run attack as the game developed.  Let’s also remember that Kelley gained 97 yards rushing behind an offensive line that was missing Pro Bowler Trent Williams.  The strength of Kelley is of course the power running style.  There has been some comments about his ability to break the long ones.  That is not what Rob Kelley is about.  It is also not what the Redskins are asking him to do.  They hope to get that from Chris Thompson.  Kelley is a power back with a power running style.  Kelley added seven missed tackles and 73 yards after initial contact.   If there are two things that Kelley excels at, much more so than Matt Jones, is the fact he holds on to the football and he gains significantly more yards after initial contact, which is what you want in your ground game.   In fact, in two starts, Kelley has racked up only one run for loss of yardage.  It’s about instinct, and he has it.  What Kelley did Week Ten was show the coaching staff that he can handle the feature running back role.      Grade:  A

Last Week Stats: 22 Carries, 97 Yards, 4.4 YPC, 21 Long, 0 TDs – – – 1 Receptions, -2 Yards, -2.0 YPC, 0 Long, 0 TDs

Season Stats: 60 Carries, 287 Yards, 4.8 YPC, 45 Long, 1 TDs, 11 Firs Downs – – – 2 Receptions, -1 Yards, -.5 YPC, 0 Long, 0 TDs

DE Anthony Lanier:  Lanier was active over draft pick Matt Ioannidis.  That says enough of where they view Lanier on the depth chart. Lanier’s role was limited and he did not record a tackle.  However, he set the tone early int he game with a big hit on Sam Bradford.  That hit came on the same plays as mentioned above, in which S’ua Cravens wrapped up RB Ronnie Hillman for a six yard loss.  e defense’s second drive just as Bradford completed a toss to running back Ronnie Hillman, who was wrapped up by linebacker Su’a Cravens for a six-yard loss.  Lanier played 18 total defensive snaps, and with a fumble recovery the week before, a strong hit on Bradford this week, Lanier could see his role increase.   Week Grade:  B

Last Week Stats: None

Season Stats: 0 Tackles, 0 Sack, 0 Interception, 0 Pass Deflections, 0 Tackle for Loss

QB Nate Sudfield:  The rookie quarterback has not been active this season.  Week Grade:  Incomplete

Last Week Stats:  None

Season Stats:  None

This feature article returns to our Redskins coverage and will be a weekly feature article.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:  RB Robert Kelley

SOPHOMORE OF THE WEEK:  This one is a bit easier because of impact.  You can certainly argue for WR Jamison Crowder or G Brand Scherff.  However, it is much easier for us to identify the game changer, LB Preston Smith.  He was perhaps the MVP of the game.  Smith tallied two sacks and an interception against the Vikings.  He also added two tackles.  Smith’s interception was a thing of beauty, a one-handed grab that crushed a promising Vikings drive in the second half.  Smith also ended the game on a 4th and 11 for the Vikings with 11 seconds left int he game, Smith sacked Sam Bradford and sealed the Redskins win.  In just two short years, Smith has recorded five sacks against Bradford.

COMMENTS

  • Good work, Mark. This is good original content from DC Pro Football Report. Good games from Cravens, Kelly and Harris. Hopefully, Fuller will bounce back. That was really his first bad game as a pro.

  • The big thing here is Harris has clearly leaped over Ross on the depth chart. He will be interesting to watch if the trust continues to develop between Harris and Cousins. I also expect to see increased snaps for Anthony Lanier as well.

  • Ross must be the worst route-runner in history. He’s got all that speed, halfway decent size and I haven’t seen him drop a ton of passes.

  • Also, how long is Ryan Grant going to hold on? Watching the game again, I notice how rarely he gets open. Grant was in for 78% of the snaps on Sunday and got a grand total of 3 passes thrown his way. How many did he catch? Zero. I know a lot of those snaps are running plays — he’s often a dead giveaway that the team plans to run — but he just gets no separation. I’m tired of hearing how great he is in practice. It doesn’t show on Sunday.

  • Maurice Harris. 6’3″, 200lbs. 3 catches last week all for first downs as I recall. He moved ahead of Grant in 8 snaps in my mind.

  • It would be better to sit Grant and activate another OL on game day.

  • i think we have a nice crop of rookies again . . . Fuller has been better than expected as i didn’t think he would recover as much as he had . . . thouh this last Sunday i think the knee showed a bit as diggs was to quick for him (not fast, quick) and quickness was a huge strength of his prior to the injury . . . Kelly looked good again, love his feet and he blocks pretty well, especially for a rookie . . . just wish they would use him a touch in the passing game and thta he had a touch more burst . . . when he is in the game you expect that he will run or block, but are not worried about him catching passes . . . and Harris . . . nicely done . . . i think he should be ahead of ross AND Grant already . . . i want to see him in the red zone more too

  • oh . . . and Cravens is a stud . . . keep him on the field

  • Rashad Ross seems to be another Aldrick Robinson. Great straight line speed, no routes.

  • I mean, if Grant is active because of special teams — where he does play — that’s fine. But why is he on the field from scrimmage so much?

  • He is this year’s Tom Compton, dead giveaway to a run play. He is so slow that even if you play run lbs can recover and still cover him. Also, ever notice he slips and falls down on at least one route a game?

  • i think they worry about his drops and his size . . . he actually seems to run the short crossing routes pretty well, but they hardly ever have him run them

  • And he had the illegal formation call against the Bengals. And a drop.

  • yeah . . . he is out there because he is a pretty good run blocking wr . . . that is the only reason . . . and why Harris is getting more looks IMO

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