Kicker Billy Cundiff gave himself a quick introduction to Washington Redskins fans in the first quarter of tonight’s preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Signed by the Redskins Tuesday, Cundiff’s opening kickoff sailed out of the back of the end zone for a touchback; after a three-and-out by the Buccaneers, the Redskins’ offense got to the Tampa Bay 21-yard line before stalling, leading to a 39-yard field goal on Cundiff’s first attempt as the Redskins kicker.
Cundiff’s ensuing kickoff was then downed at the back of the end zone.
It was a promising start for the Pro Bowl kicker in a first quarter that also featured a strong Redskins defensive second unit playing as starters tonight.
Defensive end Darrion Scott made a couple run-stuffing plays on the Bucs’ first two drives, while nose tackle Marlon Favorite and Delvin Johnson notched sacks of Tampa Bay quarterback Brett Ratliff.
After that first quarter, the Redskins lead the Buccaneers 6-0.
Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins — getting the start in tonight’s game — has also looked smooth on a couple passes, one on a slant to Anthony Armstrong for 15 yards; another on a bullet to Joshua Morgan that got six yards.
Cousins also broke away on 3rd and 8 from the Tampa Bay 23-yard line on the Redskins’ third drive, rushing and sliding for an 11-yard gain and a first down, leading to another Cundiff field goal, this time from 27 yards.
Oh, and his next kickoff — through the back of the end zone.
Brandon Banks has also had a couple nice punt returns of 15 and 22 yards, respectively.
With the regular starters out of tonight’s game, it’s nice to see the backups — particularly the defense — stepping up so far.
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