Despite yielding the go-ahead touchdown with 22 seconds to go, tonight should not be viewed as the game that got away. In fact, there’s a lot of good that can be taken away from tonight.
Tim Hightower is the unquestioned boss in the Redskins backfield. He had a game-high 6.1 yards per carry, and in the preseason is pacing a cool 6.8 yards per carry. He reeled off another big run tonight, and suggested in the locker room after the game that he’s only just now starting to get comfortable in the offense. According to tonight’s poll, Tim Hightower received 31 percent of the vote and was your MVR(edskin).
John Beck and Rex Grossman each held their own in their opportunities to start, and did well splitting opportunities tonight. Neither was given the opportunity to settle into a rhythm, and as a result, neither was spectacular, but both led the team on multiple scoring drives. Based on results alone, there didn’t appear to be a winner in tonight’s audition.
For the second consecutive week, Terrence Austin played a major role in the game, and this time on offense. The former seventh-round pick put up nearly identical numbers to Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin, and finished with 5 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. He was only given one opportunity in the return game, but the team saw what he could do last week.
Despite the score inflation in the second half, there were still players that did well. For the second consecutive week, DeJon Gomes had a big game, sharing a portion of the team-lead in tackles with Reggie Jones. He looks to be a very productive late-round pick, and somebody that may be given the opportunity to develop.
Another defender with a good second half was Horatio B. Blades, who finished with five tackles and a forced fumble. He expressed uncertainty on making the roster a couple days ago, but his efforts on defense and his reliable work on special teams is hard to ignore.
Oshiomogho Atogwe is worth a mention tonight, not because he had a huge game (two tackles), but because he was on the field. This was his Redskins debut tonight, and gave Redskins Nation just a taste of what he can offer.
The fabled kicking competition seems like an ancient memory at this point. Graham Gano got his biggest test of the preseason tonight, and split the uprights on a 48-yard boot. Sav Rocca seems to be rounding into form as a punter and holder, and showed off some Australian Thunder tonight.
The reason why the Redskins didn’t pull out the victory tonight comes back to a couple things that they’ve been doing right this preseason, that they didn’t do tonight. They didn’t control the clock (25:06 against 34:54), and they had too many penalties (eight for 52 yards against five for 30 yards). These are both areas that can be improved upon, and areas that will certainly be addressed.
It’s never good to lose, but this isn’t a bad time–or a bad way–to do it.
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