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Redskins Vs. Dolphins Week 6 - Studs and Duds

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The Redskins notched their first victory of 2019 against a winless Dolphins team on the road. Despite the victory, the win didn’t come without some drama. The Phins scored late and had a chance to send the game to overtime with a made extra point. Instead, they decided to go for two and the win. They tried a slip-screen (that fell incomplete), which the Redskins had sniffed out, tumbling them to 0-5 on the season and in contention for the number one overall draft pick in 2020 - their ultimate goal.

Bill Callahan notched his first victory as interim head coach, and despite playing a poor football team, looked much more disciplined on both sides of the football.

...but not all “fans” were happy about the win.

Below are my Studs and Duds of the game followed by some notes.


Studs:

Adrian Peterson - The future Hall of Famer carried 23 times for 118 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards. He looked fresh and ran with an attitude all afternoon.

Terry McLaurin - McLaurin continued his amazing rookie season against the Dolphins, collecting four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He could have added even more if not for a uncharacteristic drop that would have netted him at least 20 extra receiving yards. On the 2019 season, he has 23 receptions, 408 yards and five touchdowns in just five games. He is the leading rookie receiver in the NFL in almost every category after six weeks.

Ereck Flowers - Flowers continues to be one of the Redskins’ best stories of the 2019 season. After being written off by ALMOST everyone during the preseason, Ereck has done nothing but dominate on a weekly basis at left guard. He is by far the Redskins best offensive linemen during the team’s first 6 games, and seems to have found his home, and love for playing the game again, on the interior. He was superb again Sunday against the Dolphins front seven, often occupying more than one defender in both pass protection and in the running game. If I were the Redskins, I’d extend the 25 year old NOW!

Jonathan Allen - Allen was virtually unblockable Sunday, recording three tackles, two sacks, two tackles for a loss and multiple quarterback pressures, while setting up camp in the Dolphins backfield.

Jon Bostic - Bostic was all over the field Sunday afternoon recording eight tackles, one for a loss, and showing good coverage downfield. It was the best game I’ve seen him play as a Redskin.

Landon Collins - Collins led the Redskins defense in tackles with 12, recorded a sack, a tackle for a loss and was excellent in coverage almost coming up with a interception from his deep safety spot.

Quinton Dunbar - Dunbar was the definition of lock-down against the Phins on Sunday. He was targeted seven times and allowed three catches for just eight yards. He also had an interception - his third of the season.


Duds:

Paul Richardson Jr. - Richardson is healthy and we are paying him a lot of money. He recorded zero offensive stats on Sunday. It may be time to look at a trade (if anyone would be willing to take on his contract).

Ryan Kerrigan - Kerrigan was virtually invisible on the afternoon, all while his defensive teammates were running around having themselves a great afternoon. His same old moves are getting old and he’s lost some of his burst. He was credited with one tackle on the afternoon. For the season, he’s collected just eight tackles and one and a half sacks.


Notes:

- I called Trey Quinn overrated a few weeks ago and was blasted on Twitter for saying so. Despite about as much preseason hype as you can heap on a player, Quinn has been pretty quiet. He caught just two passes for eight yards and returned two punts for 14 yards against the Dolphins. I’d like to see more Steven Sims Jr. in the slot moving forward.

- Chris Thompson was hurt yet again... I think we move on in 2020, letting him become a free agent.

- Shaun Dion Hamilton was excellent in reserve duty Sunday. He collected three tackles, played well in coverage and had an amazing diving interception.

- Chase Roullier was back to his normal self against the Dolphins, looking very solid in both the run game and pass protection. We are a VERY different offense with him on the field.

- A lot of fans have been on rookie Montez Sweat for what some say is a “slow start”, but I think the rookie has been coming along very nicely - especially against the run; while showing flashes as a pass rusher.