In their highly anticipated preseason opener, the Redskins suffered a 26-17 road loss to the New England Patriots.
While this may sound like a disheartening scoreline, there were some bright spots for the Skins in their opener. After a first half mostly composed of first and second stringer play, the Redskins led the Pats 17-3 going into the 3rd quarter. Colt “The Bolt” McCoy came to play in the first half going 13-18 with 189 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he has been kept on the back-burner for the last few seasons, he showed he can still be a more-than-competent NFL backup.
Maurice Harris was another bright spot as he handled his matchup with Patriots lockdown corner, Stephon Gilmore, effectively and even beat him for a toe drag touchdown in the first half. Harris has the talent to be a dangerous 4th WR for this team as he proved that he can still make plays even when facing experienced starters.
Another guy who showed out was nose tackle Tim Settle. The backup to Daron Payne had five tackles and a fumble recovery last night. Not only did he put up stats, but he also was a force on the line. He clogged up holes and seemed to be taking on multiple Offensive Linemen at a time. This bodes well for a defensive line that suffered it’s fair share of injuries last season. If Settle can keep this up he will be able to give Payne some much needed breaks when the regular season comes around and give us more options if we implement a 4-3 scheme.
The thing that scared me the most about last night were the injuries. Derrius Guice, Matt Ioannidis, and Trey Quinn headlined the list of Redskins to go down. No serious news has arose from Quinn’s injury, but Ioannidis will be out for a few weeks with an apparent knee injury.
We all heard the injury news on Guice; we don’t need to talk about that anymore. But before Guice went down, he showed us some of the big play mentality and sharp cutting ability that got him drafted. He busted out a long run where he showed flashes his vision and elusiveness. Although it was called back for a holding penalty it should give fans a lot of hope for what this young man is capable of down the road.
The final score may not have been what we wanted to see, but the first and second team guys showed out in the first half of that game. The injuries were definitely nerve-wracking and somewhat depressing. Let’s hope we keep injuries to a minimum this preseason and that some future starters will emerge in the coming games.
The Redskins take on the Jets on the 16th at FedEx Field.
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