The final preseason game of the summer is usually much ado about nothing - except for those guys fighting for a job on the 53-man roster.
Thursday night's game was very ugly on both sides of the football, but that is often to be expected when second, third and fourth teamers play a lot of minutes.
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game, followed up by some notes.
Rob Kelley - As pretty much everyone expected, Rob Kelley came out and showed up when he needed to most (albeit against the Ravens reserves), virtually guaranteeing himself a spot on the 53-man roster (hey, gotta give credit where credit is due). He had 11 rushes for 49 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards. He even showed some burst to the outside on his touchdown run late in the second quarter that was called back for holding. Most importantly, he didn’t fumble. He did drop a ball that was right in his hands down by the goalline, but we all know he’s not a receiver.
De’Veon Smith - Smith looked explosive on his seven carries. The screen pass he took for a touchdown was beautiful! I don’t think he’s got a shot to make the roster, but this could be a great audition for another team looking for some running back depth.
Trey Quinn - Quinn was a consistent target for Kevin Hogan when he was in the game, showing the ability to run good routes to get open and catch the ball in traffic underneath. He was good in the open field after the reception as well, and was very good on special teams. He’s a lock to make this roster.
Simmie Cobbs Jr. - All this guy does is show up week after week. He led all Redskins receivers with 75 yards on three catches. He’s likely destined for the practice squad, but he has a future in the league; if not here, somewhere.
J.P. Holtz - The fullback/tight end made some excellent lead block to spring the running backs for nice gains. He also lined up in-line and stoned his man on a few occassions. Holtz caught two passes for 11 yards and a touchdown. He’s really going to give the coaching staff something to think about regarding the 53-man roster.
Ryan Anderson - Anderson played very well against the Ravens reserves, collecting four tackles (3 solo), one of which was for a loss, and assisted on the Pete Robertson sack. He looked fast, active and showed a non-stop motor. He also looked pretty good when asked to drop in a zone. Excellent game for the second year OLB. Hopefully this can translate to the regular season.
Shaun Dion Hamilton - Hamilton was juked pretty bad and missed a tackle on the Ravens first drive of the game. Outside of that, I though he played very well. He was aggressive in filling gaps, collecting a few tackles for a loss, and made a very nice play down by the goalline. He should have a nice role this fall with the team, and may be the future at inside linebacker.
Tim Settle - Settle continued his disruptive preseason Thursday night. He may not have stuffed the stat sheet, but he was a force inside, and looked unblockable on some plays. I loved his stunt in the second quarter where he lined up as a 3-technique on the right side, looped around the left defensive end, and absolutely destroyed the left tackle attempting to block him while he put pressure on the quarterback. This kid was a draft-day steal!
Kevin Hogan - Hogan played the entire game, and looked uncomfortable for the majority of it. Granted, his offensive line was pretty bad in pass protection, but some of the decisions he made were just head-scratching. The interception into triple coverage was awful.
Tony Bergstrom - The veteran center played a very poor game against the Ravens reserves on Thursday night. He was pushed into the backfield on multiple occasions, and was PARTIALLY responsible for the Perine fumble. If it wasn’t for his versatility, we wouldn’t even be talking about him possible making the team’s 53.
Geron Christian - Christian struggled in pass protection at left tackle. There were times when he just looked completely lost out there. He’s clearly not ready to contribute this year.
Martrell Spaight - For as good as Spaight looked last week, he was equally as bad last night against the Ravens. He missed multiple tackles in the hole, and looked sluggish overall. If the team keeps five linebackers, he has a shot. If not, his time as a Redskin is over.
Fish Smithson - Smithson just takes horrible angles to the football and doesn’t do much when he gets there. This was evident on the touchdown by Mayle in the third quarter. He’s an ankle-diver who misses way too many tackles.
Dustin Hopkins - A 37 yard missed field goal...seriously? your ONLY job is to kick!
- Apparently Apke can’t cover a TE either. He was burnt down the seam by fellow rookie Mark Andrews who got inside of him, and beat him downfield.
- Bibbs is a great receiver out of the backfield, and is very good at blitz pick-up. He should make the team over Rob Kelley just for this.
- The fumble by Perine was not good, but that attempted block by Bergstrom may have been even worse. I don’t think Perine was expecting that...but still, you NEED to protect the football.
- T.J. Clemmings looked very rusty at right tackle. He had some good plays, and some bad ones. I think his job is in jeopardy.
- Nice interception by Texada - talk about being in the right place at the right time...
- Jerod Fernandez continues to make splash plays. I’d really like to see this kid on the practice squad.
- Adonis Alexander had an up-and-down game. He missed some tackles, and that was concerning, but he also showed his great length on some plays in coverage.