His competitiveness. Borland was always around the ball, no matter where the play ended up being made. When the play was in front of him, Borland was an excellent tackler. So in a more physical game, like against Ohio State, his impact was greater. On three occasions he met Carlos Hyde in the hole and won, including two short-yardage situations. Just excellent tackles: Knees bent, head up and driving through the man. Borland knows how to play and anticipates the snap count well, allowing him to play fast. (The true measure of speed is not with a stopwatch, but in how fast they play. He plays to his speed; many do not. They might run well, but they don't play fast.)
Mid-Season Bye: Last year an early bye was maybe more beneficial to the Redskins given that RGIII was coming off a major injury. If the Redskins were smart and didn't rush Griffin back, they could have sat him the first 4 games and have an extra week to get him ready for the meat of the season. The Skins didn't take advantage of that and as a result their early bye meant they had 12 straight games, which really sent this team into a tailspin as issues started to arise and there was no chance to reset things. The Redskins have the bye during week 10, breaking up their season nicely. In 2012 the Redskins were 3-6 before their week 10 bye, but were able to go on a 7 game run after the break.
When Robert Griffin III watched his 2013 game tape, he didn't cringe. Instead, he saw hope, simply because it didn't show what he'd feared: that everything was negative. And that's among the many reasons he can't wait for next season to start.
It's only April, so players are always loose and relaxed. So I don't want to make a huge deal out of Griffin's demeanor. But it's clear he's in a better spot mentally than he was a year ago, thanks to the change in coaching staffs and, just as important, because of his knee. He just feels better and it shows.
Well, the short answer is this: The second-year cornerback had better be ready. Based on his draft status (51st overall), the amount of playing time he received last season (third most snaps among all Redskins' corners) and Jay Gruden's recent comments, the Redskins' expectation is that Amerson will start opposite DeAngelo Hall in Week 1. But there's a fine line between being expected to start and being ready to start. So ... is he?
We've been trying to analyze the Redskins' 2014 schedule but we don't have the complete picture yet. We don't know who the teams they are playing are going to draft. Let's take a quick look at some of the more high-impact players who our own Ben Standig has going to the teams in the Redskins' division and some other opponents in his latest mock draft, version 10.0 (yes, we've hit double digits).
At 6 feet 6, 314 pounds, Moses is everything the Washington Redskins are looking for in a tackle. He has imposing size combined with athleticism and quickness that make him a good fit in the Redskins' offense. Coming out of Virginia, Moses played in the Redskins' back yard, so they have had plenty of opportunity to scout him. He spent time at both right and left tackle during his college career, excelling as a pass protector.