Five Redskins To Watch: Preseason Week 1
Here are five Redskins to watch in tomorrow’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots:
1. Derrius Guice
This one should be obvious. The Redskins second pick and easily the most hyped makes his much anticipated Redskins debut tomorrow night in Foxborough. Guice ran for a total of 3,074 yards in his three seasons at LSU, including a school record 285 yards in a game against Texas A&M in 2016. Guice is projected to play a pivotal role in the Redskins rushing attack this season in the backfield alongside Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley.
2. Trey Quinn
Mr. Irrelevant is looking to prove he is anything but. The last pick in the 2018 draft, Quinn was one of a few notable additions the Redskins made to their receiving core, alongside Paul Richardson. Quinn is coming off of a monster season at SMU in which he racked up 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns, that doesn’t sound too irrelevant to me.
3. Adonis Alexander
A sixth round pick in the supplemental draft, Adonis Alexander is stepping into a Redskins backfield with plenty of youth alongside Montae Nicholson, Fabian Moreau, Quinton Dunbar, and Josh Holsey. Alexander made just 7 interceptions in his time at Virginia Tech, but it will be interesting to see how he defends the Patriots receivers…even if Tom Brady isn’t throwing the ball.
4. Josh Holsey
Speaking of youth in the backfield, Josh Holsey is projected to have an expanded role this season with the losses of Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller in the offseason. However, Holsey did struggle with injuries last season, as did most of the team. The key with Holsey will be similar to the key for the rest of the team: stay healthy. If Holsey can play all 16 games this season, the sky is the limit.
5. Tim Settle
Da’ron Payne was going to be on this list, but he was injured in training camp. However, Payne was not the only pick the Redskins made to address their defensive line woes. Washington ranked 32nd out of 32 teams in rush yards allowed, allowing 134.1 yards per game. This is where Tim Settle comes in. Settle is coming off a 2017 season in which he made 36 tackles, 12.5 for loss at Virginia Tech. While it would be pleasing to see Settle settle Tom Brady into the ground, unfortunately we may not get to see this happen.