In a game which for most teams decides the final few slots remaining in their 53 man rosters, the Washington Redskins reserves made things tough on their own coaching staff Wednesday evening by way of a completely dominating performance over Tampa Bay at Fed Ex Field. As he has been throughout the pre-season, Kirk Cousins was smooth in what appeared to be an almost effortless performance for the young rookie at quarterback. The Skins are looking like geniuses for acquiring Cousins as a fourth round selection this year.
For the second consecutive game, the much maligned Washington offensive line was superior to the opponent’s defensive line throughout the contest. Off-season acquisition Josh Morgan was a factor receiving in the early going of the ballgame. Roy Helu Jr. was an impressive presence for Washington for the majority of the game. The second year running back from Nebraska had two rushing scores of 6 and 15 yards, the latter including a nice stretch dive for the TD. He tacked on 2 catches for 34 yards, demonstrating no visible lingering effects from the reportedly injured achilles tendon.
Brandon Banks continued to make a strong case for his continued presence as a Redskin, as he was used successfully in various capacities in the offense tonight, including at running back and on a well timed end around. He also had an extremely nice reception. I’m going out on a limb and predicting he makes the team. He has had a strong pre season in my opinion, and has done everything the coaches have asked him to do without complaint. He is too big a potential scoring threat to let go.
Anthony Armstrong made the most of his opportunities tonight by pulling in a 46 yard catch on a nice throw from Cousins. He did have a critical wide open drop early in the game.
The Redskins second team defense was dominant all evening, with the much scrutinized defensive backfield picking up three interceptions in the contest, by rookie seventh round picks Jordan Bernstine, Richard Crawford, as well as veteran Bryan Kehl. The Redskins defensive line was in Tampa QB Brett Ratliff’s face relentlessly, picking up a total of 5 sacks for the contest.
All in all a fine night for the Washington backups as they tame the Bucs 30-3.