The bye week gives Redskins fans little to talk about, as the team can’t even hold practices during the off-week. The bye comes a bit early this year, but make no mistake about it, the Redskins needed the week off to get healthy and focused on a remaining schedule that is anything but a cake-walk.
This is not your normal weekly Studs and Duds, but instead, a compilation from the first three games.
Adrian Peterson - The 33 year old back has found new life in DC, carrying the ball 56 times, for 236 yards and three touchdowns over three games. He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and has even contributed in the passing game, collecting 5 receptions for 100 yards.
Jordan Reed - Reed, who entered the season healthy, has caught 14 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, but we knew a healthy Reed was capable of those numbers. What has stood out is his improved blocking in the run game.
Chase Roullier - Over the first three games, Roullier has been our most consistent offensive linemen (yes, even better on a whole than Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff - taking all aspects of O-line play into account). The amazing part is that he kicked over to left guard last game, and didn’t miss a beat. He has looked excellent when asked to pull, both at the point of attack and in space. The second year interior lineman will need to stay consistent as the season progresses, but overall, he’s off to a great start.
Jonathan Allen - Through three games, Allen has posted 10 tackles and two sacks. He’s been a menace to opposing quarterbacks producing multiple hurries and quarterback hits.
DaRon Payne - The rookie has been just as disruptive as his Alabama teammate, collecting 10 tackles of his own and adding a sack. His presence and relentless motor have been felt all game by opposing offenses.
Matt Ioannidis - Although Ioannidis has not played as many snaps as his two counterparts, his presence has been felt none-the-less. He leads the team in sacks with three, and also has a fumble recovery. He looks completely un-blockable at times.
D.J. Swearinger - Swearinger has not been perfect in coverage, but he has recorded a team leading two interceptions, and is tied for the team lead with four passes defended. He has 11 solo tackles and is the vocal leader of the secondary, and an enforcer on the back end of a solid defense.
Josh Doctson - Many thought the third-year pro would be in store for a breakout season, but that is off to an incredibly slow start. Through three games, he’s been targeted just 13 times, and has hauled in a meager five catches for 48 yards. As usual, he’s had trouble securing the football whether open or covered, and can’t seem to shake tight coverage to get himself open. If there is any silver lining to his start, it’s that all five of his receptions went for first downs.
Ryan Kerrigan - It’s hard to believe Kerrigan is on this list, but he’s been a complete non-factor through the first three game, collecting just two tackles...that is it!
Josh Norman - Norman has collected 15 tackles and a fumble recovery on the young season, but he’s yet to record a pass defended, and he’s been burnt in coverage WAY too often for a guy considered to be the team’s best defensive back.
Zach Brown - Brown has not looked the same as he did last year, where he was playing sideline-to-sideline, and collecting tackles all over the field. Maybe it’s just a slow start for the veteran linebacker who missed most of the team’s OTA,and was not on the field for many preseason snaps.
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