Freshman! Freshman! Freshman!
The Redskins are starting three rookies on offense today–two for the first time–and none taken before the third round of April’s NFL Draft. Receiver Leonard Hankerson will get his second consecutive start, after going inactive in the first six weeks. Roy Helu will get a chance to jump start the Redskins running game, and Maurice Hurt will try his hand at left guard.
Hurt is the second seventh-round rookie to play this year (Chris Neild being the first), and one of three that are active for today’s game (Brandyn Thompson). Last year’s seventh-rounder, receiver Terrence Austin has already worked his way into the offense.
On the first play from scrimmage, Helu made the most of his first NFL start and cut it up field for a 16-yard gain. This is the second-longest run of his career, and he was one man away from breaking it the distance.
But it was another rookie, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, that stole the show on the team’s first defensive stand. On third-and-six from the San Fran 46-yard line, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith rolled out of the pocket and stared down linebacker Rocky McIntosh. He never saw Kerrigan break free from his blockers, run completely across the field, and whisper sweet nothings in Smith’s earhole.
And then he hit him as hard as you’re legally allowed to hit an NFL quarterback, for a sack. This is the third sack of his career, and his first since the St. Louis game on October 2.
Hankerson got involved at the end of the first quarter, catching a pass over the middle for a first down. It wasn’t a clean catch, but he stuck with the play, and had the time to secure the pass before contact. This is his second reception and second first down of his career.
The youngin’s are on a roll after the first quarter, with the game going back and forth early. All’s quiet on the scoreboard, as the Redskins and 49ers are locked at zero after 15 minutes.
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