Chris Culliver says it's important for a cornerback to just play his game no matter what type of receiver he is facing: "Whatever your opponent is, you just go there and do it. Whether you're a strong guy or if you're a physical guy, whatever your game is you do it. That's your technique, that's your game."
WR Tony Jones, who is one of the longest of long shots to make the team, made a nice move to get away from high-dollar free agent CB Chris Culliver. Lined up wide left, Jones went down about five yards, made a shoulder fake to the outside, and cut to the inside. Robert Griffin III fired a nice pass to him on the move.
A good defense and a strong running game are a quarterback's best friends. But the quarterback needs to embrace them and help the other elements of the game help him. A quality running game won't do a team much good if the quarterback holds on to the ball too long trying to make a play and gets sacked. Second and 17 is not a running down. Nor does it help when the quarterback throws an interception that makes the defense defend a short field.
Galette, who has 22 sacks the past two seasons combined, will provide the Redskins more of a presence opposite Ryan Kerrigan. They do have second-year Trent Murphy and rookie Preston Smith. Murphy is not a speed guy and Smith looks like what he is: a rookie trying to learn to play in the NFL. Murphy has bulked up this offseason, but he's still coming off a 2.5-sack season and not everyone in the organization views him as a long-term starter.
It was an excellent showing from the fourth-year passer -- and even included one escape act. It's always tough to know if a quarterback would have been sacked on a play, but in this case Griffin extended a play, slipping out to his right and then, on the run, sidearming a ball to receiver Jamison Crowder just a little to his inside. It was back toward the middle, but it wasn't a dangerous throw because the area was wide open.
Ryan Kerrigan consistently beats rookie Brandon Scherff in one-on-one pass-rush drills, often with quick rips to the outside. But Scherff has done a nice job against him in the run game during full-team work. Did a nice job getting his feet around on an outside zone, preventing Kerrigan from setting the edge. The book on Scherff: He's strong.