Redskins Thumbs Up Thumbs Down, Pre-Season 4
The Washington Redskins routed the Tampa Bay Bucs last night 30-12 to complete a perfect 4-0 record for the pre-season. It was Washington’s second consecutive rout, having trounced the Buffalo Bills 30-7 last week.
Have to admit, it was nice, but rather stranger, listening to Tampa Bay announced, mainly Ronde Barber, praise the Redskins. I guess we can call it strange given the past two decades and the way the roster used to be constructed in the past. Barber praised the ‘well constructed’ Redskins roster and the “excellent depth” within the roster. That’s what last night was about. It was about depth and roster spots for non-starters. The depth was impressive on offense, defense, and special teams.
So how earned our praise with Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down:
K Kai Forbath: This kid has picked up where he left off last season and has reenforced this pre-season the notion that he may very well have ushered out the bad kicking area in DC that last nearly two decades. After converting 17 of 18 field goals last season, Forbath had a perfect pre-season, hammering all 7 field goals and all 11 extra points. Furthermore, and more importantly, Forbath’s kick off have improved significantly. In fact, the only weakness in his game last season was kickoffs. Forbath worked this off-season to improve that facet of his game and it was evident this pre-season. Forbath was 3 for 3 last night, converting field goals of 37, 30, and 47 yards. He deserves a Thumbs Up!
RB Chris Thompson: The fifth round draft choice was expected to make the roster or at the very least earn a slot on the practice squad. That became clear last night. Thompson will make the 53 man roster. Furthermore, with the season ending injury to CB Richard Crawford, the Redskins punt returner, Thompson was looked at for replacing Crawford on punt returns. He responded with a 69 yard return for TD and returning two punts, averaging 36.5 yards per return. That will likely be good enough tto hammer down the punt return role. Yes, Thompson will worry with with some ball control issues until such time he proves those worries to be meaningless. he has had two fumbles this summer. However, he has gifted speedy and is pretty shifty, perfect for a returner role. Furthermore, the Redskins have shown patience in the past. (Brandon Banks). He returned 5 punts in the pre-season for an average of 24.2 yards per return. That is good enough to seal a job. impressive average of Thompson also had 4 rushed for 18 yards last night. On the pre-season, he has 22 carrier for 76 yards rushing. Thompson is a clear roster lock after last night.
Honorable Mention: David Amersen picked up his first interception last night. Dezmon Briscoe did a nice job last night, picking up 2 receptions for 75 yards. That included a terrific opening reception in which Briscoe nimble traveled 66 yards to put the Redskins in easy scoring territory on the opening drive. Evan Royster needed a good game and provided that. he rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Interesting roster decisions at running back. Running back is perhaps one of the strongest and deepest positions on the roster. Would you expect anything less from a Mike Shanahan team? Chigbo Anunoby led the Redskins with 5 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Rob Jackson had a monster sack that included reaching around the lineman and taking both the lineman and quarterback down. To bad he has a four game suspension to serve for stupidity.
Discipline: Two more personal foul, 15 yard penalties last night. That has got to cease when the season starts. Those things can kill momentum and lead to unnecessary coring drives. Overall the Redskins committed 8 more penalties for 99 yards. Fortunately, the Bucs were hapless and could not respond.