The Washington Redskins opened their preseason with a 26-17 loss to the Patriots in New England which I’m sure was completely fair in every way.
Alex Smith did not play in this game. In his stead came veteran QB Colt McCoy. McCoy dazzled in Foxborough, completing 13 of 18 passes for 189 yards and 2 TDs. The way McCoy played tonight, he could start for some teams.
Here we have undoubtedly the player of the game. While the Redskins second half defense was very unimpressive, Settle was a diamond in the rough, completely stuffing up the middle, forcing the Patriots runners to the outside, and even recovering a fumble. With Settle and a soon to be healthy Da’Ron Payne on the defensive line, the future looks bright in Washington.
Sims did not see a lot of action tonight, only making 2 catches, but he showed great explosiveness and separation to turn those catches into 74 yards including a dazzling 57 yard catch and run all the way down to the Patriots 2 yard line. I am looking forward to seeing more of Sims next week against the New York Jets.
While the Redskins second half offense was very uninspired, Kapri Bibbs was the lone exception. Bibbs used his blazing speed to turn 4 carries into 48 yards. In a highly stacked position in the offensive backfield, Bibbs will need to fight tooth and nail to reserve his spot in the offensive backfield, and he definitely got off to a good start tonight.
Remember how I said the second half offense looked uninspired? Kevin Hogan did not impress in his Redskins debut, completing 7 of 9 passes, but for just 44 yards-this was in a whole half mind you. The offensive line did not give Hogan much help, but when the quarterback only gets 44 yards in a half, the offensive line can only be blamed for so much of that.
Next: August 16 vs New York Jets