Upon Further Review: Redskins 22 Titans 21
Upon Further Review, it was an up and down night for the 2013 draft class. I thought Bacarri Rambo looked like a rookie, getting turned around by Chris Johnson on the open-field TD run and he made a bad mistake by hitting Shonn Greene late and drawing a 15-yard penalty after the Titans scored their second touchdown. Welcome to the NFL, rook. It’s rough up there. To be fair, OLB Brian Orakpo took a terrible angle on that run, allowing Johnson to get into the open field. Tough night for the other rookie safety, Phillip Thomas, who injured his foot early in the game and didn’t return. So far it does not look serious.
Upon Further Review, I thought CB David Amerson looked good most of the time. He was physical and aggressive on a pass to Kenny Britt and probably should have intercepted the ball, but had to settle for breaking up the pass. He also supported the run nicely, coming up to make an open-field tackle for a loss. Very nice play for a rookie cornerback.
Upon Further Review, an often-overlooked member of the 2013 draft class, OLB Brandon Jenkins, looked very good to me. He played well against Tennessee’s first string offense, first setting up Ryan Kerrigan’s first quarter sack with a great and violent pass rush against the right tackle. Later, Jenkins drew a hands to the face penalty on another nice pass rush. The Titans offensive line — some of the starters — had trouble blocking Jenkins. The more I see of this kid, the more I like him. His college injury may have allowed the Skins to get a steal in the fifth round. It’s still early, though. Nevertheless, with Rob Jackson suspended for the fist four games of the season, Jenkins has a chance to make an impact if he can play well enough to earn the trust of Jim Haslett in the preseason.
Upon Further Review, I thought CB Chase Minnifield played pretty well. He did miss a tackle and allow Nate Washington to push him away to gain separation on a third down conversion, but he made a great play on the ball in the second quarter to force an incompletion. He’s a tough kid and I like that. I also thought Richard Crawford played well and should have been credited with a terrific interception. The play, which happened on a pass into the end zone, showed Crawford can track the ball and catch it at its highest point — like the good receiver Crawford used to be.
Upon Further Review, it was a quiet night for the defensive line starters, especially Jarvis Jenkins who played into the fourth quarter. He just didn’t do much and that puzzles me a bit. Did everyone over-estimate him?
Upon Further Review, Kirk Cousins looked fantastic. He was on the field for only 13 plays, but he completed 6 of 7 passes to 5 different receivers for 52 yards and one TD. He looked off receivers twice to find TE Fred Davis, once for an 11-yard gain for a first down and the second time for the 3-yard TD. The Skins are in good shape with Cousins in the game. He looked better than anything the Titans had.
Upon Further Review, Roy Helu, who got the start at tailback, looked pretty good. He was a bit too antsy at times, not waiting for his blocks to set up, but he had several excellent runs and a beautiful 18-yard scamper called back due to penalty. The Redskins must be thrilled to have a healthy Roy Helu back because his speed and burst makes him a perfect complement to the power and determined running of Alfred Morris.
Upon Further Review, it was up and down for the backup offensive lineman last night. G Josh LiRibeus committed two bad penalties and he allowed more pressure than is acceptable. Tom Compton, starting in place of Trent Williams, got beaten a few times, but also dominated his man a few times. I also loved the way he got out on the screen pass TD to Leonard Hankerson and cleared a path for the wideout. Hankerson gets the score, but Compton did as much as anyone to make it happen.
Upon Further Review, I was disappointed with WR Aldrick Robinson. He made a couple of nice catches, but also had a terrible drop when he was wide open and Rex Grossman hit him right in the hands. Robinson caught only two passes on six targets. Consistency has been his problem and we saw more of it last night. Also there were too many drops from the likes of Dez Briscoe and Nick Williams.
Upon Further Review, I loved the night Pat White had. He looked so bad earlier in the offseason, but last night he was comfortable, albeit against third-stringers and less. White completed 5 of 8 passes, but two of the three incompletions were drops and he threw only one ugly pass all night. He also scrambled or ran for yards on several occasions, including an 18-yarder on the scoring drive and then, later on the same drive, the 9-yard touchdown run. He also did a nice job of moving around and buying time on an 18-yard completion to Lance Lewis that was negated by a roughing the pass penalty against the Titans and also on the two-point conversion play to win the game. All in all, a fine performance from White. He deserves a chance to play against better competition and see what he can do then.