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Redskins Vs. Patriots - Studs and Duds

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Mark Tyler gives you his Studs and Duds of the Redskins preseason game against the Patriots Thursday night.

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Colt McCoy - McCoy was accurate and looked in complete command of a simplified offense. He was 13/18 for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Maurice Harris - Harris ran good routes, caught everything thrown his way (including a 4 yard TD), and even showed some punt return ability.

Robert Davis - Had 3 receptions for 35 yards and showed excellent RAC ability and good speed in limited action.

Cam Sims - Sims did not catch a ton of passes in college, but he showed the ability Thursday night to beat coverage, and was dangerous after the catch. he hauled in a beautiful long pass in the second quarter which he made some nice moves and took it down to the three yard line.

Byron Marshall - Not a ton of touches, but he shows how explosive he can be as a receiver out of the backfield. he had a nice touchdown catch where he broke a tackle and beat the defender to the endzone.

Samaje Perine - Looked quick and powerful, especially on some plays that were not blocked extremely well. One nice run was brought back on yet another Kalis penalty. He did have a fumble in traffic though, that was not called.

Matt Ioannidis - Ioannidis was a beast in limited action last night against the Patriots. He couldn’t be blocked one-on-one, and was even a menace when he was double teamed.

Shaun Dion Hamilton - Had some splash plays, but also made some rookie mistakes. One thing that stood out though - this kid is very athletic. He’s not afraid to fill a hole. He did get de-cleated by Hill on a blitz, and dropped his head at the goalline and missed a tackle that could have saved a TD. Besides that, he showed out in both run support and coverage. This kids going to be good!

Danny Johnson - I thought the rookie from Southern played very well, albeit against a pretty bland Patriots offense. He showed to be very active in coverage, making plays a few passes, and was not afraid to stick his head in the middle of the action to make a tackle, or come up to set an edge.

Kenny Ladler - This kid is not afraid to come up and hit you! He looks like he was shot out of a cannon! Good game by the former Canadian star.


Duds:

Kyle Kalis - Three penalties and some inside pressures given up - not a good night at all for the backup guard fighting for a roster spot.

Tyler Catalina - gave up two pressures, and was not effective in the run game as a blocker.

Geron Christian - Christian may have some potential for the future, but it was very clear Thursday night that he’s not yet ready for the speed of the NFL game. He struggled mightily when he was asked to block an edge rusher in space.

John Kling - Sorry, but Kling is NOT an NFL offense tackle. He looked horrible, with extremely slow feet, against the Patriots reserves.

Elijah Wellman - I counted at least three missed blocks - one on what should have been an easy blitz pick-up in the first quarter if he worked inside out like he’s taught. He also was called for holding on Guices’ long run. He did have a few catches out of the backfield, but it looks like our dream of keeping a true fullback may not happen.

Ondre Pipkins - Just a HORRIBLE showing by Pipkins. He was unable to hold his ground in the run game. I counted a few times where he was driven 5 yards down field. It’s completely unacceptable to get driven 10 yards off the ball on third and short when the play in coming right at you! Fall the heck down...or something!

Deshazor Everett - He did not play a ton in this game, but I counted two missed tackles where he seemed to just drop his head and lose sight of his target. Not a good showing for the veteran.

Fish Smithson - Had a few missed tackles, and generally looked lost in coverage. It seemed to be easy to manipulate his position in coverage with a simple shoulder shrug.


Notes:

Zach Vigil - Maybe he’s just playing by the new rules, but I noticed a bunch of times he went low (and I mean VERY low - like around the ankles) on ball carriers, allowing them to fall forward for extra yards.

Troy Apke - Had a nice pass defended from his deep safety position late in the second quarter on a 3rd down and long. He showed willingness in run support, with some ups and downs in tackling.

Rob Kelley - It does look like the off-season weight loss paid off, as he looks much quicker this year.

Matt Flanagan - He looked like the better option if the team does decide to keep a FB/H-Back.

Casey Dunn - I thought Dunn played pretty well in reserve duty at center. he anchors very well when he gets his hands inside a defender.

Jerod Fernandez - made some nice tackles, but also missed a few in space. You can see he’s more of a box player, as he looks very limited when matched up in space against a quicker player.

Tim Settle - had some splash plays where he looked quicker than any player on the field at the snap of the ball. Then he had some plays where it looked like he was just going through the motions out there. Boy, you can see the potential though! He’ll need to be rotated quite frequently to keep him fresh. He did have a fumble recovery late in the game as well.