Record- This loss dropped the Washington Redskins to 1-9 on the year, which gives them the second-worst winning percentage (0.100) in the NFL this season and through the team’s first ten games in franchise history. The Redskins were only worse in this regard during their historically awful 1961 campaign (0-9-1 and 0.050).
The Team’s record since Week 11 of last year, which was the week Alex Smith broke his leg, is 2-17 (0.105). This is the second-worst mark in that span, as well. Only the Bengals have won fewer games both this season and in the last full year.
Yards- The Jets racked up season highs in both total yards (400) and first downs (23). No big deal for the Redskins, though; this was the fourth time they’ve let their opponent move the chains 23-plus times and the fifth game they’ve allowed 400 or more yards in.
Record Enablers- Tight end Ryan Griffin dropped a career-high 109 receiving yards on the hapless Burgundy and Gold defense this past week. He is the fifth player who has set a new career high in receiving yards (minimum 30 yards) when playing the Redskins this season (Devin Smith, Wayne Gallman, Mark Walkton and Devin Singletary).
DVOA Blowouts- Per Football Outsiders, the two worst DVOA ratings for single games this season are as follows:
- WAS, Week 11, 34-17 to NYJ (-116.8%)
- WAS, Week 4, 24-3 to NYG (-108.4%)
I don’t know what else to say or that would need to be said other than this fact is utterly embarrassing.
The Dolphins are the only team with a worse DVOA than the Redskins this season and that margin is shrinking (-41.9% to -45.3%).
Points- The 34 points allowed by the Skins was a new season high. It’s just sad that this happened against a Jets team that was tying their season-best mark for points scored. They also dropped 34 points on the Giants, but were unable to put up more than 24 points in any other game this year.
Those same Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only teams that have given up over 30 points more times than the Redskins have this season (5).
3rd & 4th Down- The Skins’ D let the Jets convert on five of their 12 third downs (41.7%), which represents both the third-lowest conversion rate allowed by Washington this season and the best success rate for the Jets on the money down in 2019. The latter of those points is a big deal considering that New York ranks dead last in third-down conversion rate (25.4%), just ahead of the 31st-ranked Redskins (26.2%).
The Jets converted on all but one of their third downs with five or fewer yards to go (4-of-5), but were stopped on all but one of their third-and-long plays (1-of-7).
Le’Veon Bell picked up a first down with a 3-yard rush on New York’s lone fourth-down try (4th-and-1). This was the fifth straight game in which the Redskins have allowed a fourth-down conversion in.
Red Zone- The Burgundy and Gold defense folded on all three of their red-zone stands by allowing touchdowns on each of them. This was the second time they’ve allowed a 100% conversion rate in the red area (Week 6 at Miami) and the fourth occasion this season in which they’ve surrendered three-plus TDs from inside their own 20.
The 20-yard line itself does not count (“inside” the 20), but if it did the Jets would’ve been 4-for-4, because their first score of the game came from exactly 20 yards out.
Takeaways- The Washington defense forced two fumbles, recovered one of them and recorded an interception. The team surprisingly ranks 16th in the league in takeaways this season, with 13 of them. Although, to be fair, I must point out that nearly half (6-of-13) the turnovers they’ve forced have come against the lowly New York Jets and Giants.
QB Pressure- The Redskins’ pass rush was actually fairly effective against the Jets. For one, their 48.5% pressure rate was a new season high by about a dozen percentage points (36.7% vs. Minnesota in Week 8). The team also added 2 QB hits, 2 sacks and an interception that was caused in large part by pressure.
On the downside, Sam Darnold did throw two of his career-high 4 touchdowns when pressured. He posted the second-best passer rating (121.3) and YPA (9.77) marks of his career in this game, as well.
Rushing Defense- The Jets ran the ball a total of 33 times and on those plays they combined to gain 115 yards (3.48 YPC), pick up 6 first downs and score a touchdown. While this was the second and third-fewest number of first downs and yards given up on the ground by the Redskins, both figures were new season highs for the Jets.
It is, however, hard not to feel a little good about the 3.48 YPC average allowed. It’s also nice to see that the Jets were held to two yards or fewer on non chain-moving runs 13 times (excludes kneel downs), which exceeded their number of five-plus yard runs by four (9).
|Defensive Line (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jonathan Allen *||60||85%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||54||76%|
Matt Ioannidis- The mighty Ioan Man is in the midst of a pass-rushing slump right now. After generating no fewer than three pressures in his six games between Weeks 3 and 8 and averaging 4.33 pressures per game in that span, Ioannidis has now only scored one pressure in each of the last two games; he just got off the hook against the Bills because his pressure in that contest was a sack.
His tackle numbers are a bit down, too. He recorded an average of 5.33 tackles per game in the aforementioned stretch, but notched just 4 tackles in Buffalo and 3 tackles against the Jets, which is tied for his second-lowest takedown number of the season. One of those tackles was a stop for no gain on a Le’Veon Bell run. Matty I also missed a single tackle for the third time in his last four games.
On top of his decreased production, Ioannidis was flagged for a neutral zone infraction, as well. The foul gave the Jets a 3rd-and-2 at the Washington 40 instead of a 3rd-and-7 at the 45. New York converted on the ensuing third-and-short play and scored a touchdown three plays later. After only committing five total infractions in his first 45 games, Ioannidis has now been flagged twice over the course of the last three games.
Daron Payne- Daron Payne had what was one of his most productive statistical outings of 2019 on Sunday. He tied a season high with 3 pressures (all hurries), with one of those coming on the play Darnold thew his interception on. In addition to that, Payne recorded a pass defense on a third-down play inside the red zone; it was his first PD since Week 1 (at Philadelphia).
Payne racked up 5 tackles (4 solo), with three of those coming on runs he stopped for 2 yards or less on 1st-and-10 plays (one for no gain).
What makes all of these raw numbers look even better is the fact that the second-year D-lineman only played on a season low 32 snaps, a number which was 11 fewer snaps than his previous low. The reduced PT was a result of a sprained ankle that Payne suffered in the game. Payne was seen in a walking boot and is in real danger of missing the team’s next game.
Jonathan Allen- Jon Allen disappointed in this one. His 3 tackles (2 solo) were tied for his fewest this season in a game he played more than seven snaps in, and the Jets picked up first downs on two of those plays, including a 3-yard run on a 4th-and-1 play.
He also failed to generate a single pressure on any of his team-high 27 pass-rushing snaps. Allen has registered just 4 total pressures between his last three games combined.
His PFF grades in that stretch have all been below 43.0, which is quite surprising since he had only dipped below 48.0 once prior in his career (36.7 vs. Atlanta in Week 9 of 2018). This week’s 41.7 represented the second-worst rating of his career.
Tim Settle- A balky hamstring knocked Tim Settle out of commission and kept him out of the lineup this past week. The second-year nose tackle out of Virginia Tech has only produced 6 tackles and 4 pressures on his 195 snaps this season.
Settle returned to practice on Wednesday.
Treyvon Hester- With Settle out and Payne banged up, Treyvon Hester was able to hit new seasons highs in both snaps (22) and snap rate (31%).
He tied a 2019 high with 2 tackles, one of which stopped a Josh Adams run for no gain. Hester recorded 2 pressures, with one of them coming on third down and resulting in a throwaway by Sam Darnold. His pair of pressures was, you guessed it, another high mark on the year for him.
Hester’s 86.9 rating from PFF for the game was both the second-highest grade on the team and of his three-year career.
|Outside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||58||82%|
|Montez Sweat *||36||51%|
Ryan Kerrigan- It took him 10 games to do it, but we finally saw a vintage big Ryan Kerrigan game. Kerrigan tied his season highs in both tackles (4) and stops (3) and registered a team and season-best 2 sacks (10 sack yards). In fact, he was the only Washington player in the game with a sack.
The Heartbreak Kid had not recorded a sack of any kind since Week 7 (half sack vs. San Francisco) and had not scored a full sack prior to this since Week 2 (vs. Dallas). He now sits at 88.5 career sacks, just three away from breaking Dexter Manley’s official franchise record of 91.0 sacks.
RyKerr forced a fumble on his first sack of Darnold, which gave him his first FF since Week 15 of last year (at Jacksonville) and the 26th one of his career. That moved him into a tie for most forced fumbles by any player since 2011 (Von Miller), the year he entered the league.
Kerrigan earned a game-high 89.4 PFF grade for this showing, which was his highest grade since Week 7 of last season (91.6 vs. Dallas).
Montez Sweat- The Mississippi State product once again produced lackluster results. He did have a hurry and a QB hit in the red zone, but Sweat also set a new career low by recording just a single tackle, an assist on a 9-yard Ty Montgomery rush in the fourth quarter.
The rookie edge rusher was flagged for illegal use of hands for the second time in the last four games (vs. San Francisco in Week 7).
Ryan Anderson- Like Sweat, Ryan Anderson was on the field for 36 of the defense’s snaps, which was a new career high for him. This was actually the second straight week that Anderson set a new personal high in defensive snaps.
The third-year OLB racked up a team-high 4 pressures (all hurries), the second-highest such total for him as a pro. It was just Anderson’s fifth career game with multiple pressures and the first time that he led the team in this regard without being tied with another player.
He also recorded 2 assisted tackles and jumped offsides on a rushing play that gained 9 yards; the penalty was declined.
Noah Spence- Spence played 11 snaps with the defense but did not generate any pressures and only recorded a single assisted tackle. No surprise here though, as Spence has only registered 2 pressures and made 3 tackles on his 85 defensive snaps this season. The former top-40 pick finished the day with a 32.0 PFF rating, which was both a career low and the 12th-worst mark posted among all NFL defensive players in Week 11.
Spence was deservedly cut on Tuesday. The team signed edge defender Carroll Phillips in a corresponding move. Phillips is a 2017 UDFA out of Illinois who has spent time with the Jaguars and Colts. He’s played in 10 career games and on 263 total snaps (61 on defense) and notched a combined total of 5 tackles and a pressure in those outings.
|Inside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jon Bostic *||61||86%|
|Cole Holcomb *||44||62%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||32||45%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||ST Only||0%|
Jon Bostic- This was quite possibly the best game of the year for the journeyman inside backer. He led the club with 7 total tackles (4 solo). Believe it or not, but this was just second time this season that the Skins’ middle linebacker led the team in tackles all by himself (11 tackles at New York Giants in Week 4).
Perhaps even more impressive was that he only allowed a single reception on his 25 coverage snaps. Now, granted, the reception was a 21-yarder that was the Jets’ fourth-longest play of the game, but one reception allowed is stilled tied as a season low for Bostic (one 8-yard reception vs. Dallas in Week 2).
The real cherry on top for Bostic was his interception in New York territory and the ensuing 26-yard return that set the Washington offense up in the red zone. This was just the second pick of his career and his first since in exactly six years; Bostic also recorded his first interception in Week 11 and November 17th, the difference was that the year was 2013.
His return of 26 yards represented both Bostic’s longest career runback of any kind and the team’s second-longest return off a turnover this season (Troy Apke 33-yard interception return vs. San Francisco in Week 7).
Bostic earned a season-best 75.8 PFF grade for his performance against the Jets.
Cole Holcomb- This was the second subpar game for Cole Holcomb in a row.
He recorded 6 tackles (4 solo), with two of them being made behind or within two yards from the line of scrimmage. Holcomb whiffed on a team-high two tackles, which brings his total on the year to 9 misses, the second most on the club. To be fair, I do need to add that Holcomb would’ve had more tackles than anyone else on the team if two of his takedowns had not been negated by penalties.
The rookie linebacker gave up receptions on both passes thrown into his coverage, and the Jets gained 16 and 17 yards on the catches. Both plays were made in the first quarter.
His 40.6 PFF grade was the second-lowest rating given to any player on the Washington defense this week and the worst grade among the 16 Redskins’ defenders who played on more than a dozen defensive snaps.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- The second-year Alabama product tied his career high with 32 snaps on defense. SDH was only able to notch a pair of tackles, but at least one of them was a stop for no gain. He also scored his first QB hit of the season on one of his two pass rushes.
Things didn’t go as well for him in the passing game, as Hamilton surrendered 2 receptions for 21 yards and a first down on 3 targets and 14 coverage snaps. The big problem here is that 16 of those yards came on a touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin at the end of the first half.
Other Inside Linebackers- Josh Harvey-Clemons only played on special teams for his eighth straight game and made several mistakes on that unit. His special teams partner in crime, Tanner Vallejo, was released the day before the game.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Norman *||57||80%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||49||69%|
|Fabian Moreau *||42||59%|
Quinton Dunbar- The Redskins’ best cornerback did not record a stat of any kind, but that’s not always a bad thing for a cornerback, especially when it’s a result of them not being thrown at.
That was the case for Quinton Dunbar, who was only targeted once on Sunday and did not give up a reception on the play. The pass in question was thrown to Robby Anderson in the end zone, but was caught out of bounds.
Dunny had been targeted at least twice in every other game this season and this was the second contest in which he didn’t surrender a single catch. He’s also allowed zero first downs and 10 yards or less in four of his eight 2019 games.
QD ranks fifth among cornerbacks in passer rating allowed when targeted (51.3) and leads all qualifying players at the position with an 88.3 PFF rating. He also sets the pace for all corners in Player Profiler’s burn rate metric which measures the percentage of targets allowed in which the defensive back’s assigned receiver gained more than 5 yards of downfield separation. Dunbar’s burn rate is 0.0%; yes, you read that right.
Josh Norman- Josh Norman had four passes thrown in his direction and only allowed 2 receptions for 26 yards. That wouldn’t have been such a bad line if both catches had not gone for touchdowns.
He was charged with giving up the 20-yard tuddie to Daniel Brown and the 6-yarder to Robby Anderson. I’m fully aware that Norman wasn’t the only defender to blame on those scores, but multiple sites have attributed them to him, so that’s what I’m going to go with.
J-No has allowed a whopping 15 TDs since the start of last season and is tied for the most scores allowed among all cornerbacks this season, with seven of them. He ranks 105th and 109th in PFF rating (47.2) and passer rating allowed (133.1) among the 111 cornerbacks who have played 200 or more snaps this season. His 8.9% burn rate (see Dunbar) also ranks among the worst in the league.
The soon to be 32-year-old corner will almost assuredly only be playing for the Redskins for about another month. At this point, I’m just curious to see what, if any, kind of interest he will be able to garner on the open market.
Fabian Moreau- Fabian Moreau started the season off by alternating between good and bad performances, but that hasn’t been the case as of late. In fact, he’s just been downright awful for about a month now.
Darnold only threw at Moreau’s receiver three times in the game, but those targets turned into 3 receptions for 82 yards and 2 first downs, all of which were team highs.
The majority of that yardage came on the 45-yarder he gave up to tight end Ryan Griffin at the end of the first half. That reception was tied for the longest gain in the contest and set the Jets up to score from 16 yards out on the following play. Moreau was beat on third down by former teammate Jamison Crowder for a 29-yard touchdown, which was the Jets’ second-longest play of the game. On top of all that, several analysts claim it was Moreau, and not Josh Norman, who was responsible for Robby Anderson’s 6-yard TD.
So to summarize and add a few extra nuggets, Fabian Moreau gave up more than twice as many receiving yards as any other player on the team did, allowed a perfect passer rating when targeted (158.3), was the primary cover man on both of the Jets’ two-longest offensive gains and played a major role in three of the five New York touchdowns. Alright then.
Jimmy Moreland- The seventh-round pick out of JMU only played 11 snaps in this one, but he was active when he was out there. Unfortunately for him, pretty much every time we heard Moreland’s name called it was for something negative.
He was targeted four times on his nine coverage snaps and gave up 2 receptions for a combined 22 yards. The real issue here is that both catches were made on third down and resulted in successful conversions for the Jets. Moreland did record a pair of solo tackles, but he made them right after giving up the aforementioned chain-movers.
The People’s Corner could’ve and should’ve picked off a first-quarter throw, but he dropped the pass and had to settle for a PD. The Jets, well, they finished that drive off with a touchdown thanks in no small part to miscues by Moreland both on defense and special teams (see below).
Simeon Thomas- After coming to the realization that the game was out of reach, the coaches decided to get a look at some of their seldom-used depth pieces, which includes Thomas. The second-year corner out of Louisiana Lafayette set new career highs in both defensive (14) and total (37) snaps.
He was targeted once on his six snaps in coverage and gave up a 17-yard grab to Demaryius Thomas on the play. Thomas (Simeon) finished the play by making his second tackle of the year and his career.
Aaron Colvin- Aaron Colvin played on defense as a Redskin for the first time this season and was out there for 9 snaps. Colvin was targeted twice when covering Demaryius Thomas and gave up receptions on each of those plays (14 total yards), but was able to tackle DT short of the sticks in both instances, one of which was on third down.
|Safeties (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||71||100%|
|Montae Nicholson *||70||99%|
|Troy Apke||ST Only||0%|
Landon Collins- Collins was the only player on the team who played on every defensive snap. He has been in for 100% of the snaps in all ten games.
The veteran strong safety recorded just 5 tackles on the day (4 solo), which was his second-lowest total of the year (4 tackles vs. San Francisco in Week 7). However, four of those takedowns were stops, which is a number that led the team and tied a personal season high. Three of those stops went for no gain. It wasn’t all positive for Collins in this regard, as he did miss a tackle for the fourth time in his last five games.
Collins also made a major impact as a pass rusher. He hurried Darnold three times on just seven blitzes. Now, Collins is certainly no Jamal Adams, but those are still really nice numbers for a safety. This was the second-most pressures generated by any player on the team and was tied for Collins’ career high (last set in Week 5 of 2017).
If we just stopped there and didn’t consider his showing in coverage, then just about everyone would agree that this was a really plus-performance from Collins. However, he was used in coverage and the game did not go well for him in that regard. He only officially gave up 2 receptions on the 3 targets thrown in his direction, but those catches were a 13 yarder on a 3rd-and-8 and a 26-yarder that went down as the Jets’ third-longest play of the game.
What’s perhaps worse is while he wasn’t charged with allowing the receptions, Collins was the safety playing over top of Jets tight ends Daniel Brown and Ryan Griffin when they scored their respective touchdowns of 20 and 16 yards.
Montae Nicholson- Montae Nicholson returned after missing the last two games with an ankle injury and played on all but one snap. At the same time, we’re still basically left to wonder why he played a single snap or was even at the stadium at all given what went down with him last week.
Nevertheless, he did play and only gave up a single reception on his 33 coverage snaps; the catch was a 12-yard chain-mover to Le’Veon Bell. The Michigan State alum also notched 5 takedowns and missed a tackle.
Troy Apke- The return of Montae Nicholson pushed Apke back to a special teams-only role. This probably shouldn’t have been the case though, because of A) the circumstances surrounding Nicholson, and B) the fact that Apke played decently the last three games; his PFF grade ranked first or second on the defense in two of those contests.
Jeremy Reaves- Jeremy Reaves set career highs in defensive snaps played (11) and snap percentage (13%). He was used as an extra safety and lined up in the box on all but one of those plays.
Despite the limited PT, he still was able to find a way to chip in with a pair of solo tackles, both of which were counted as defensive stops. Reaves has had a knack for making tackles in spite of limited PT his year. He’s recorded a takedown on 7-of-27 2019 defensive snaps, which is a good for a crazy 25.9% clip. It’s even more impressive when you consider that he hasn’t missed a single tackle, either.
The 23-year-old safety was not targeted and has yet to be thrown at all season.
Deshazor Everett- Everett’s bum ankle sidelined him for a fifth straight contest. At best, the fourth-year safety will be able to play in 11 games this year, which would tie the career low he set as a rookie (2015).
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Defensive Players (24 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||71||100%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||32||45%|
|Montae Nicholson *||70||99%||Daron Payne||32||45%|
|Jon Bostic *||61||86%||Treyvon Hester||22||31%|
|Jonathan Allen *||60||85%||Simeon Thomas||14||20%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||58||82%||Noah Spence||12||17%|
|Josh Norman *||57||80%||Jimmy Moreland||11||15%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||54||76%||Jeremy Reaves||11||15%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||49||69%||Alvin Colvin||9||13%|
|Cole Holcomb *||44||62%||Troy Apke||ST Only||0%|
|Fabian Moreau *||42||59%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||ST Only||0%|
|Ryan Anderson||36||51%||Deshazor Everett||Inactive||N/A|
|Montez Sweat *||36||51%||Tim Settle||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams Players (32 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Reaves||29||94%||Kelvin Harmon||9||29%|
|Troy Apke||25||81%||Nick Sundberg||9||29%|
|Simeon Thomas||23||74%||Tress Way||9||29%|
|Cole Holcomb||22||71%||Hale Hentges||6||19%|
|Ryan Anderson||21||68%||Dustin Hopkins||6||19%|
|Michael Burton||19||61%||Steven Sims||6||19%|
|Wendell Smallwood||19||61%||Trey Quinn||4||13%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||18||58%||Fabian Moreau||3||10%|
|Jimmy Moreland||16||52%||Tony Bergstrom||2||6%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||15||48%||Geron Christian||2||6%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||12||39%||Alvin Colvin||2||6%|
|Matt Ioannidis||12||39%||Ereck Flowers||2||6%|
|Cam Sims||12||39%||Wes Martin||2||6%|
|Jonathan Allen||10||32%||Morgan Moses||2||6%|
|Treyvon Hester||10||32%||Brandon Scherff||2||6%|
|Montez Sweat||10||32%||Noah Spence||2||6%|
Snaps- Nate Kaczor’s special teams unit saw action on 31 snaps, which was their second-highest such total of the year (33 snaps vs. New England in Week 5).
Backup safeties Jeremy Reaves and Troy Apke led the way with 29 and 25 specials snaps, respectively. Reaves has led the group in playing time in four of the last five games. He is basically the new Deshazor Everett, at least until Everett comes back, that is.
Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins connected on a field goal from 44 yards out, but then proceeded to kick his next attempt, a 29-yarder, off the right upright. That was the first ever miss for Hop from less than 30 yards out; he made 36 straight field goals from inside 30 yards to start his career. His current field goal percentage of 75.0% is six points worse than the career low he set in 2016 (81.0%).
He did not attempt any extra-point kicks on the day, because the Redskins went for two after both of their touchdowns.
Hopkins booted a touchback on the opening play of the game. He then watched as his second and third kickoffs were returned to the 27-yard line on runbacks of 27 and 13 yards, respectively.
He attempted an onside kick with just over a minute left on the clock. The ball was recovered by the Redskins, but various fouls negated that result and set the Jets up to finish off the remaining time with a pair of kneel downs. The Redskins have only successfully recovered one of Hopkins’ nine career onside kicks, and that happened all the way back in 2015.
Tress Way- Way punted six times for 317 yards (52.8-yard average) and had three of them returned for 43 yards (45.7-yard net average). Those returns made it out to the New York 25, 38 and 45-yards lines. Another punt was fair caught at the 40.
The veteran punter did not have any touchbacks for the 27th time in his last 28 games. He pinned Sam Darnold and company inside their own 20-yard line twice (18 and 3-yard lines) and would’ve been credited for doing it a third time had the play not been negated by a New York roughing the kicker penalty. Way was injured on the play, but it sounds like he should be good to go for the upcoming matchup with the Detroit Lions.
Kick Coverage- Troy Apke and Michael Burton teamed up to tackle Jets return man Braxton Berrios on each of Tress Way’s first two punts. Berrios gained 16 and 12 yards on the runbacks before being tackled at the Jets’ 25 and 38-yard lines, respectively. Apke broke his tie with Deshazor Everett and now leads the team with 6 total ST tackles on the year.
Burton was a tackling machine in this one, as he went back for thirds and took Berrios down all by himself at the New York 45 after a 15-yard return. Burton, who now ranks third on the team in specials tackles just off of this game alone, became the first Redskin to notch 3 teams tackles in a single game all season. Prior to Sunday, Burton had never even made more than one special teams tackle in a game and had only made six such tackles in his entire career, three of which were recorded all the way back in 2015.
Nick Sundberg and Jeremy Reaves downed the two Way punts that pinned the Jets inside their own 20.
Cam Sims recorded the first tackle of his pro career when he shut down a Berrios kickoff return at the 27 after a gain of 13 yards. Ryan Anderson not only halted a return by Vyncint Smith at the 27 after a gain of 16 yards, he forced a fumble for the first time in his career on the play. Wendell Smallwood was Johnny-on-the-spot and recovered the ball for Washington.
Punt Returns- Trey Quinn returned two of New York’s four punts and took them out to the Washington 25 and the New York 49 on gains of 9 and 0 yards.
Quinn’s season-high 15 return yards against the Bears in Week 3 is just the 105th highest punt return yardage total recorded this season. There are 41 other players who have produced better single-game yardage outputs in 2019. It gets worse, there are also 36 players who have topped that number on a single return this season.
At this point, it’s probably best for us to literally expect nothing from Quinn in this department, and for that matter, as a receiver, too. He is actually literally becoming irrelevant.
Kickoff Returns- Steven Sims hit new career highs by returning six kickoffs for 143 yards. His previous personal records were three returns and 102 yards. His 23.8-yard average was the third best clip of his young career. He also tied a career mark with three runbacks that made it out past the 25-yard line and he would’ve had four such returns if one of them had not been partially negated by a penalty.
The lone major mark against Sims as a return man was that he fumbled one of his kickoffs. Luckily for the Skins, Wendell Smallwood was there to make his career-high second recovery of the day. They were the second and third fumble recoveries of Smallwood’s four-year career.
Penalties- Of the Redskins’ 13 penalties in this game, a season-high five of them were committed on special teams (5-of-11 accepted). Those infractions accounted for 26 of Washington’s 66 penalty yards (39.4%), which was another 2019 worst for this unit.
Surprisingly, two players were responsible for all of the fouls. Josh Harvey-Clemons was tagged with holding penalties on a pair of kickoff returns and cost the team 25 combined yards of field position as a result.
Jimmy Moreland led the team with three penalties, all of which were committed on special teams. He was flagged for roughing the kicker on a 30-yard field goal, but instead of just scoring three points, his penalty set the New York offense up at the 6-yard line, which put them in position to score a touchdown two plays later.
Moreland was also flagged for illegal formation and illegal touching on the Skins’ onside kick at the end of the game. This is definitely not the kind of game “the people” wanted to see from the rookie corner.
*All statistics are courtesy of ESPN, Football Outsiders, NBC Sports, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*
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Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
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