Redskins Youth Report: Week One
The Redskins Youth Report returns for another season. This weekly article will track the progress of the Redskins rookies. We will provide a summary of the performance, give our weekly grade, and update our season grade each week. In addition, we will also provide a Rookie of the Week and Sophomore of the Week award at the end of the article.
CB David Amersen: Amersen did play and when he was on the field he made no glaring mistakes. That is a compliment in a game that was filled with fundamental mistakes. Amersen finished the game with 2 tackles and 1 pass deflection. Given the poor play and head issues of DeAngelo Hall, I would love to see Amersen’s role increased.
Week Grade: B
Season Grade: B
LB Brandon Jenkins: Jenkins was credited with an excellent special teams tackle. Watching Jenkins in pre-season makes me believe, as many others, that we may have gotten a gem in the draft. If he continues to excel on special teams, I would expect his role on the defense to increase.
Week Grade: INC
Season Grade: INC
S Bacarri Rambo: Rambo is a sixth round draft pick rookie. He played like it. Rambo was beat twice and his tackling was even worse. Continued play like that and the secondary will be a consistent problem all year. Rambo played decent amount of minutes and was a disaster. His problem is, he just isn’t a very good open field tackler, and in the position he plays, he has to be. Rambo completely whiffed on a Michael Vick open field run and seemingly bounced off Eagles TE Celek. When Mike Shanahan discussed poor tackling in his post-game presser, Rambo was likely right up their on his mind. If I am the Packers, I passing and rushing right at Rambo until he proves otherwise. In Rambo’s defense, he is starting and he is a sixth round draft pick. Enough said.
Week Grade: D
Season Grade: D
TE Jordan Reed: Reed was an excellent pick and the Redskins should be thankful he fell to them. I see his role gradually increasing in the offense. Reed was targeted in the passing game 6 times and made 5 completions. He had a better game than Fred Davis. He got open often and became a target for Robert Griffin III. All of Reed’s receptions came in the second half, as he caught 5 passes for 38 yards, 11 yards being his longest reception. Three of the five receptions were for first downs. A solid season by Reed could make a resigning decision on Fred Davis a bit easier.
Week Grade: B+
Season Grade: B+
RB Chris Thompson: Well, the return game for the rookie fifth rounder was a disaster. His decision making on taking punts and when to return kicks was pretty awful and caused the Redskins to have some pretty horrible field position. That horrible field position was extremely detrimental in the first half. Let it be a lesson learned, just because a kid returns one punt for a TD in pre-season, has no bearing on whether he should be a regular season return specialist. Thompson made two fielded punts inside the ten yard line. That’s not acceptable and breaks punt returning ‘guidelines’. Thompson did leave the game early with an ankle injury, but is expected to be ready for this week. Thompson is a rookie. We will give him that. He will earn from week one. Question is, will he receive the trust of the coaching staff if his ankle allows him to go on Sunday against Green Bay?
Week Grade: D
Season Grade: D
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TE Jordan Reed.
SOPHOMORE OF THE WEEK
By default, it goes to QB Robert Griffin III. The only other impact second year players was Alfred Morris and his consideration with two fumbles on the field. RG3 had a pretty tentative, rusty first half. Not sure if it was hesitation, rustiness, or lack of confidence. After a few competed receptions in the second half, you could see the confidence and pep jump back into Griffin, as he put together some impressive stats in the second half. After a dismal 5 for 11 for 53 yards first half, RG3 completed 25 of 38 for 276 yards and 2 TDs in the second half. Griffin found chemistry with Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, and Jordan Reed in the second half. Down 33-7 early in the third quarter, you got to like the grit and never give up attitude from the 123 year old quarterback.