The good, bad, and more from the preseason opening win over New England.
1. Running game. Most of the running backs that played ran well. Most of the o-linemen that played blocked well as did Darrell Young. Morris running behind Williams and Lauvao early was impressive. Silas Redd has exceptional vision and is a legit inside runner. Seastrunk showed some explosiveness also.
2. Defensive pressure and tackling. The defense flew around and tackled well. It generated very good pass pressure early as well. It wasn’t against Brady but still, Orakpo and Kerrigan both got early pressure. Orakpo drew a hold against Pats’ starting LT Nate Solder on the first drive of the game and on the Pats’ 2nd drive of the night, Kerrigan’s pressure set up a sack for Orakpo.
3. No turnovers/One punt. Preseason or not, it’s never a bad night when you punt once and don’t turn the ball over.
4. RB and WR depth for sure. It’s obvious that the Skins have some good runners and pass catchers on their roster. After Morris and Helu who are givens on the final roster, Redd and Royster are guys that will land on an NFL roster whether it’s here or somewhere else. Seastrunk and Thompson are explosive guys. One will likely make it, the other will get a look elsewhere. Meantime, their best WRs Garcon and Jackson didn’t play yet the guys that played were productive. 5th-round pick Ryan Grant lived up to his OTA/MiniCamp/Training Camp billing with a solid night. Aldrick Robinson made a case to not only make the team but to play. Rashad Ross was impressive too. Didn’t even mention Roberts or Moss.
1. Kai Forbath. In the battle to be the kicker, Forbath had a rough night. He had an out-of-bounds kickoff and missed short and wide on a 46-yard FG.
1. I thought Baushad Breeland looked like he belonged. He played confidently and was very physical.
2. Baccari Rambo looked more capable than last year.
3. Keenan Robinson’s speed was impressive. Maybe it’s a comparison to London Fletcher’s lack of it but Robinson flashes in both coverage and the run-game.