The Redskins started the second quarter with a bang.
In an effort to get on with his touchdown celebration, Brandon Banks very nearly overlooked the most important part of the play: the touchdown. Other than that, every other facet of his 95-yard punt return was perfect, especially the blocking that set up the play. Banks was able to scamper right through a crease in the middle of the coverage and juke two players on his way to pay-dirt.
He also managed to hold possession of the ball for exactly 95 yards.
I can only imagine what special teams coordinator Danny Smith said to his underestimated returner after the play (although I imagine it was unbloggable).
Washington newcomer, cornerback Josh Wilson had his ‘Welcome to the Redskins’ moment tonight after a preseason riddled with injury. Climbing the ladder on an overthrown pass,he picked it off and was one or two blocks away from running it back for another quick score.
Does anyone remember Ryan Torain? The All-Torain Vehicle was out of the shop for the first time this preseason, and had some good vision,especially on draw plays when the blocking opened up some holes for him. It’s hard to gauge his runs against any of the other backs considering who was blocking for him, but he looked to be running hard.
The fourth preseason game isn’t all for the rookies, and some reserve veteran players improved their stock in the first half as well:
- Rob Jackson: 2 tackles, sack, forced fumble, pass defensed.
- Logan Paulsen: 1 reception, 22 yards.
- Kedric Golston: tackle, sack, 2 QB hits.
- Keyaron Fox: 6 tackles, pass defensed.
If not for a 42-yard field goal at the end of the half, the Redskins would have completely throttled the Bucs in the first half. Redskins are up, 17-3.
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