There were some good things and some bad things from the Washington Redskins 22-21 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. But overall I was happy with their first game.
I thought Kirk Cousins looked great directing the offense in his limited snaps and can’t wait to see how he does next week with some more playing time. His NFL stock will only continue to rise with performances like this and the ‘Skins are going to get quite a return on a fourth round investment. I’m not sure when that time will come, but it will because there’s never enough starting caliber QBs to fill the void around the league. Eventually some desperate team will make an offer they can’t refuse, but that’s down the road a little ways.
I liked what we saw from WR Leonard Hankerson and hope that it’s the beginning of a breakout season because I believe he’s got the tools to be a very productive NFL player. He could become a serious redzone threat with his size and skills, but it’s up to him to make it happen.
TE Fred Davis moved around pretty good and looks fully recovered from last season’s injury. He could be in for a big season if he can stay healthy.
I can already see that having a healthy Brian Orakpo back is going to make the pass rush a lot better than it was last season. He did take the wrong angle that allowed Titans RB Chris Johnson to break that long TD run, but that’s an easily correctable mistake.
Our young players in the secondary had some ups and downs, but that’s to be expected. I like what I saw from rookie CB David Amerson, but I did have a flashback to Carlos Rogers when he dropped that Int on his first play.
The one thing that bothered me the most was rookie S Bacarri Rambo’s personal foul in the endzone after Titans RB Shonn Greene scored a TD. I’m not going to make to big of a deal about him about getting crossed up on Johnson’s long run because that’s part of learning in the NFL, but that penalty is unacceptable in my opinion.
Before I wrap this up I’ve got to say that QB Pat White looked pretty good when he got into the game late and made some key plays on the game winning drive. Could he unseat veteran Rex Grossman as the team’s third QB? I didn’t think so, but after watching him last night I think it’s possible.