The Redskins run defense has been a major concern the last few years, but they looked good giving up just 7 yards on the ground on 5 carries. This was obviously a small sample size, but this was a very promising start for the Redskins defense.
The subtle pocket movements. On a third-and-8, Smith completed a pass to Doctson for a first down. Again, the play was drawn up well as Davis occupied a linebacker underneath against zone coverage, creating a window for Doctson. But Smith helped with poise. There was some pressure up the middle, so, keeping his eyes over the rush, he stepped to his left and delivered a strike. A veteran move. He also showed poise and trust in the protection.
Carter has made himself known throughout Redskins training camp. However, due to the many options at running back, his name started to emerge as a special teams option. With the running back competition suddenly wide open and in-game injuries involving RBs Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall, Carter made the most out of his seven carries. He led the team in rushing with a total of 45 yards that included a 33-yard run. Once considered a long shot, Carter putting himself in the running back rotation may not be out of reach.
Overall, the two were slated to compete with Kapri Bibbs for what will likely be two spaces on the depth chart behind the absolutely safe Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley. Now, though, they’ll be forced to sit until they’re healed up, giving Bibbs more chances in practice and the two remaining August contests to earn Jay Gruden’s trust.
Johnson had another really good game and he’s had an impressive all-around camp. He matches up well both inside and outside and shows pretty advanced cover skills. Johnson’s emergence in camp is probably one of the biggest reasons why the Redskins felt comfortable releasing Orlando Scandrick this past week, and there is a real good chance Johnson breaks camp as the 4th corner on the team.