“I’m telling you there’s a dogfight at wide out right now,” McCoy proclaimed. “Maurice [Harris] is playing lights out. Cam [Sims] has come in and really gotten into his playbook, he’s a big target, he’s fast, and he’s strong. Robert [Davis] is making plays. I mean, I just distributed the football but those guys did a nice job of getting open and ran great routes. I had good protection, and that’s what you want to see in this first game.”
Perine did look quicker Thursday vs. New England; he also was inconsistent running up the middle and lost one ball (a quick whistle negated a likely fumble). Kelley has lost weight and also ran with a little more pep. In two seasons he’s averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Will they be any different this season? Not if the blocking -- the line and the tight ends -- doesn’t improve. Good health will help the line, but after last season -- and now with Guice out -- does anyone want to predict that will happen?
After Jamison Crowder, who didn’t play in Foxborough, Harris has been the team’s most consistent wideout in training camp. He showed Thursday his ability to get open and make plays, bringing in three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. And don’t forget Harris was primarily matched up against the Patriots top cornerback in Stephon Gilmore.
Now, the Redskins are back to the same group that Williams was so desperate to upgrade back in the spring. Rob Kelley started seven games last year and Samaje Perine started eight. Perine led the team in rushing with 603 yards (3.4 per carry) and Kelley battled injuries and rushed for just 194 yards (3.1 per carry).
Byron Marshall and Kapri Bibbs, meanwhile, will see their chances of surviving cuts increase, too. They’re both more in the Thompson mold, so they’ll compete against one another to maybe make Jay Gruden’s squad as a backup to the change-of-pace option.
– Settle was by far the most impressive rookie of the night. He got a good amount of playing time and he showed why a number of draft analysts thought he was more of a 2nd or 3rd round talent (which is reportedly the grade the Redskins had on him as well). Settle was unblockable at times and a major force along the defensive line. He had 5 combined tackles in the game, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery, but his impact was felt beyond the stat sheet.
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