Paul's injury robs the locker room of one of its most respected leaders, subtracts a good special teamer from a unit that can't really afford to lose anyone and compounds the Redskins' depth issue at the tight end position. Last week, Logan Paulsen suffered a toe injury that the team fears is season-ending, a source told CSNWashington.com on Thursday, and Reed is battling a hamstring injury that sidelined him against the Browns. The three healthy tight ends on the roster--Je'Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina--have no regular season experience, meaning it's possible, if not likely, that GM Scot McCloughan will look to bolster the unit's depth.
Down—OL Josh LeRibeus: The fourth-year player was playing his first extended time at center and he was run over by defenders on numerous occasions. At times it was technique and sometimes it just looked like he was slow off of the ball.
When the first units for both teams were playing, Alfred Morris was who we have come to expect him to be. He carried eight times for 42 yards, with his long run of 18 yards coming on a fourth and one play. The revamped offensive line, with Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses playing on the right side, gave him some decent running room and he took full advantage, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Niles Paul filled enough roles for the Redskins that losing him to a season-ending dislocated ankle will be difficult. He was not a Pro Bowl tight end perhaps, but he was someone who worked his way from being a 220-pound receiver in 2011 to one who is now a 250-pound tight end. He worked on his craft and felt this was the year it would all come together, when he would surpass his 39 catches from a year ago and be a solid full-time starter.
He did a nice job on one bootleg to his left, getting his hips around and delivering a ball to receiver Ryan Grant for 22 yards. Earlier, the two connected on a third-and-5 for 9 yards when Grant ran a cross and caught the ball in stride.
One thing I liked about Preston Smith's sack: his hands. Smith timed up the right tackle well, having rushed vs. him a few times already, got into his chest with both hands and then shed him and chased down the quarterback. My initial impression is that Smith looked OK vs. the run as well. Haven't seen him win a lot of rushes in camp - sometimes he's thinking too much and it shows.
Griffin did just about everything he needed to do in his brief one quarter of action against the Browns. He looked to me to be exactly how offseason reports have described him; improving but still a work in progress.