With a win last night, the Redskins secured their first winning preseason since 2008, finishing 3-1.
Exactly zero of those wins will translate over to the regular season, but it’s short-sighted to call the preseason meaningless. For a young team with dozens of unknown entities entering training camp, this team certainly has a clearer picture of what they can do now.
For players with secured roster spots, last night was a feel-good win going into next week’s battle with the Giants. But for players fighting for a spot, this is hardly a relaxing day off. Players tweeted a range of emotion after the game:
Good win tonight. The next time we take the field it will finally be for real!—
Adam Carriker (@AdamCarriker) September 02, 2011
Got the win! Felt good to start off the game even if it was in preseason…—
Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul) September 02, 2011
Proud of all the players on the redskins 90 man roster. We have alot of talent. Everyone will be somewhere—
Darrel Young (@darrelyoung) September 02, 2011
Felt pretty good tonight, now the chips will fall where they fall…—
DeJon Gomes (@HuskerHybrid_7) September 02, 2011
and now we wait… ~$HOWTIME—
Reggie Jones (@RegJones29) September 02, 2011
Darrel Young summed up the emotion pretty well in his latest blog post:
Being with the players for so long through the offseason and training camp and then things change. People get cut or traded and it is tough because of the memories you build up with those players that you will never forget and then they are gone.
Carriker and Young appear to have a good chance to start this season, but Paul, Jones, and Gomes did a lot to help themselves last night and throughout the preseason.
This will be a stressful 24 hours for a lot of players.
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