Kirk Cousins and the rest of the offensive starters played two series against the Ravens, but only saw the field for a total of 6 snaps (11% of the offensive snaps).
Two drives is not unusual for the starting group in a preseason opener, but those snap numbers are record lows for a Redskins' first-team offense in the first three weeks of the preseason (data dating back to 2012). Washington's 53 total offensive snaps was also a new preseason low for the team.
Granted, that is an extremely small sample size, but it was still quite disappointing to see this group put up the following stat line: 0 first downs, -1 yard, 1 drop, 1 sack and a 33% success rate.
However, Redskins fans shouldn't panic quite yet, because in addition to playing on an extremely low number of plays, the starting offense was playing without three of its top four weapons (Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson) and was on the road going up against last year's sixth ranked defense in DVOA.
You can't use those excuses for the offense as a whole, though. The Redskins were only able to muster 138 total offensive yards of (99 passing yards and just 39 rushing yards), 2.9 yards per play and a pathetic 8 first downs on the night. They also fumbled the ball three times and went 2 for 13 on third down for a lowly conversion percentage of 15%.
|Quarterbacks (3 Players)|
|Kirk Cousins * C||6||11%|
Kirk Cousins- Cousins' six snaps, three dropbacks, two attempts and five yards passing were all his second lowest totals over the course of his 15-game preseason career. This was the first time that Cousins has taken more than one dropback in a preseason game and not thrown for at least 50 yards.
Colt McCoy- Colt McCoy finished out the first half for the Skins, but, unfortunately, he wasn't any better than Cousins. He was sacked, threw a bad interception, only averaged 4.1 yards per attempt on 13 throws and posted what was easily a game-low 21.3 quarterback rating. McCoy's only first down came on a 17-yard pass to Ryan Grant (tied for Washington's second longest gain of the night).
Nate Sudfeld- The second-year Indiana product might've had his worst outing yet. His 41.7 completion percentage and 60.4 QB rating were career lows, and he failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his four preseason appearances. Sudfeld was, however, the only Redskins QB to toss two first downs in the game. His passes of 31 and 17 yards on those plays were the longest gains of the night for Washington.
|Wide Receivers (12 Players)|
|Ryan Grant *||10||19%|
|Terrelle Pryor *||6||11%|
Short-Handed Out Wide- No other unit on the team had more players on the shelf than the wide receiver corps. Five of the 12 wideouts on the roster (42%) did not play in Baltimore on Thursday. Two of those five are projected starters (Crowder and Doctson), with three of them likely to make the 53-man roster (Crowder, Doctson and Harris).
The Starters- Starters Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Grant (gross) combined for 16 snaps, 2 targets, 1 reception, 1 first down, 1 drop and 17 yards. Not great.
Freak on a Leash- Grant and rookie Robert Davis were the only Washington wide receivers with a first down in the game. Davis moved the chains on a 31-yarder from Nate Sudfeld, the Redskins' longest play of the game. Davis also led all Washington skill-position players in snaps and notched a solo tackle on special teams.
It's a well-known fact that Davis is a freak athlete, but what some might not be aware of is that he is one of the most athletic receivers in the entire NFL. His testing numbers at the combine earned him the fifth highest pSPARQ score at the position since 2014.
On the downside, Davis was the intended target on Colt McCoy's interception.
Fighting a Spot- Brian Quick led the team in receptions (3) and was the only player besides Davis to top 17 yards of offense in the game. Matt Hazel and James Quick combined for 3 receptions and 15 yards on 9 targets (1.7 yards per target).
|Tight Ends (7 Players)|
|Niles Paul *||16||30%|
|Vernon Davis *||6||11%|
Battle of the Bench Tight Ends- Vernon Davis played on all six snaps with the first-team offense, and Niles Paul was in on five of those plays. Derek Carrier teamed with Paul and Davis on two of the starter snaps (13 personnel). Carrier, Jeremy Sprinkle and Manasseh Garner combined for just four targets, two receptions and eight yards. No other Washington tight ends were targeted.
|Running Backs (6 Players)|
|Robert Kelley *||5||9%|
|Kenny Hillard||ST Only||N/A|
Fat Slim Rob was a mixed bag against the Ravens. Kelley touched the ball four times, with half of those touches resulting in successful plays. His two other plays went for a total of -2 yards, due in large part to a stuff four yards in the backfield on third-and-one.
Samaje Perine- Perine picked up two of the team's three rushing and eight total first downs, one of which came on the Redskins' longest run of the night (11 yards). Outside of that, his play was atrocious. He dropped a pass, fumbled the ball, allowed a QB hit on McCoy that likely contributed to his interception and if you exclude his 11-yard run, he averaged 1.25 yards per attempt. His 38.1 PFF grade was the fourth lowest by any player in the game.
Matt Jones- Jones was called in after Perine's disastrous drive, but he may have been even worse. He rushed for -1 yards on three carries, with a long rush of just a yard. His lone positive contribution on the night came via a 17-yard screen play.
Mack Brown- Mack Brown did not touch the ball until the fourth quarter. He rushed for one of the team's three first downs on the ground and rushed for 13 yards on four carries.
The Rest- Chris Thompson had the best night of any Washington back, with a pair of five-yard rushes. Third-year veteran Kenny Hillard only saw time on special teams.
Running on Empty- All in all, the Redskins running back corps struggled mightily on Thursday night. As a group they ran for just 39 yards and 3 first downs on 18 carries for an average of 2.2 yards per attempt. Their longest run of the night went for only 11 yards and they topped 4 yards on four of those 18 rushes (22%). Instead they were stuffed for no gain or negative yardage on 5 runs (28%).
|Offensive Linemen (15 Players)|
|Trent Williams * C||6||11%|
|Shawn Lauvao *||6||11%|
|Spencer Long *||6||11%|
|Brandon Scherff *||6||11%|
|Morgan Moses *||6||11%|
|John Kling||ST Only||N/A|
Snap Leaders- Vinston Painter and Chase Roullier led the team in offensive snaps and ranked second and third in non-special teams snaps. Ty Nsekhe and Kyle Kalis played on the fourth and sixth most offensive snaps. The second-team offensive line was comprised of those four players and Tyler Catalina.
Picking Up Where He Left Off- Ty Nsekhe led all Skins offensive players with a 75.8 PFF rating. He only allowed one pressure on 19 pass-blocking plays.
ALL OFFENSIVE SNAPS
Roster Moves- The Redskins have signed wide receiver Jamari Staples and waived tackle Kevin Bowen with an injury designation. For more on these moves follow this link to Redskins.com.
|Offense (43 Players)||Offense (continued)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Vinston Painter||47||89%||Ryan Grant *||10||19%|
|Chase Roullier||34||64%||Matt Jones||10||19%|
|Robert Davis||33||62%||Chris Thompson||8||15%|
|Ty Nsekhe||31||58%||Kirk Cousins * C||6||11%|
|Matt Hazel||30||57%||Vernon Davis *||6||11%|
|Kyle Kalis||25||47%||Shawn Lauvao *||6||11%|
|Zach Pascal||25||47%||Spencer Long *||6||11%|
|Tyler Catalina||24||45%||Morgan Moses *||6||11%|
|Nate Sudfeld||24||45%||Terrelle Pryor *||6||11%|
|Colt McCoy||23||43%||Brandon Scherff *||6||11%|
|Isaiah Williams||23||43%||Trent Williams * C||6||11%|
|Arie Kouandijo||22||42%||E.J. Bibbs||5||9%|
|Derek Carrier||19||36%||Robert Kelley *||5||9%|
|Brian Quick||17||32%||Kenny Hillard||ST Only||N/A|
|Kevin Bowen||16||30%||John Kling||ST Only||N/A|
|Niles Paul *||16||30%||Jamison Crowder||DNP||N/A|
|James Quick||16||30%||Josh Doctson||DNP||N/A|
|Samaje Perine||15||28%||Maurice Harris||DNP||N/A|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||15||28%||Levern Jacobs||DNP||N/A|
|Manasseh Garner||14||26%||Jordan Reed||PUP||N/A|
|Ronald Patrick||13||25%||Kendal Thompson||PUP||N/A|
*All statistics are courtesy of CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Real Redskins and Redskins.com*
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