It was a big win for the Redskins on Sunday over the Charger – they kept pace with the rest of the NFC East. Here is a look at some of the more interesting statistics and numbers from Washington’s thrilling 30-24 overtime victory: Read the rest of this entry »
Keeping in mind that this blog is in the context of analyzing reserves in the fourth preseason game, there was plenty to take away from Washington’s 30-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Redskins improved to 3-0 in the preseason with their well-rounded 30-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills Saturday afternoon. Although scores and records don’t matter in the preseason, performance does. Here’s what I took away from yesterday’s game:
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On Friday night, the Redskins chose to address two needs with their top picks. One was a pressing need. The other, not so much.
Washington needs bodies in the secondary and they addressed that spot with the selection of North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson. For the second time on the night, the Redskins decided to pass on the most pressing need, safety. Instead, Washington’s brass went by who they felt was the best player available in Florida tight end Jordan Reed, an athletic and elusive receiver who was a highly touted quarterback coming out of high school.
The Redskins hold five picks on Saturday and have a chance to build on their depth throughout their roster.
Round 4, Pick 22 (119)
Round 5, Pick 21 (154)
Round 5, Pick 29 (162) (From Patriots)
Round 6, Pick 23 (191)
Round 7, Pick 22 (228)
4th Round – No. 119 Overall – Phillip Thomas – S – Fresno State
The Redskins were able to get some value with their 4th round pick with Phillip Thomas falling in their lap at 119 overall. Safety was the biggest need coming into the draft and they were able to address it.
Thomas, an admitted lifelong Redskins fan, led the nation with eight interceptions in 2012 after missing the 2011 season with a broken left leg and dislocated left ankle.
Thomas is a playmaking safety with good anticipation skills but could work on developing more of a killer instinct.
5th Round – No. 154 Overall – Chris Thompson – RB – Florida State
The Redskins decided to take a change-of-pace running back with this selection. In what is a rite of passage for Mike Shanahan’s drafts, a runner was taken in the mid rounds by Washington.
Thompson is 5’7, 192 pounds and ran for 687 yards and six touchdowns in eight games in 2012 before tearing his ACL and missing the final six games of the season.
In 2011, Thompson appeared in only five games before breaking his back against Wake Forest. He appeared in 38 games as a Seminole and ran for 1,735 yards, 14 touchdowns and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
5th Round – No. 162 Overall – Brandon Jenkins – LB – Florida State
A defensive end in college, Jenkins missed 13 games with a lisfranc injury in 2012. Has 22.5 sacks in his Florida State career. He had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles and two passes defended in 2010. He had 8 sacks in 2011.
6th Round – No. 191 Overall – Bacarri Rambo – S – Georgia
Yet again, Washington found value at the safety position when Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo fell to them in the sixth round after being projected as a third-to-fourth round pick.
Rambo failed his second drug test after eating pot brownies and was suspended the first four games of the 2012 season for it. Like Thomas, Rambo is a ballhawk, logging 16 career interceptions as a Bulldog. He finished his senior season with 67 tackles and three interceptions.
In his college career, Rambo started 36 games and played in 47. He logged 235 tackles, 16 interceptions and six forced fumbles.
7th Round – No. 228 Overall – Jawan Jamison – RB – Rutgers
Jamison ran in the zone-blocking scheme at Rutgers. He ran for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns in last season. In 2011, he ran for 897 yards and nine touchdowns. An ankle injury played a factor in production in 2012.
He told local reporters on a conference call that he entered the draft with two years of eligibility remaining because his mother is battling breast cancer and wanted to help her out the best he can.
The only thing predictable about this draft so far has been its unpredictability. After one round, we’ve seen Shariff Floyd fall from a projected third overall choice down to No. 23 with the Vikings, who ended up drafting three players in the first round. We’ve seen the Bills take E.J. Manuel as the first quarterback off the board. The Cowboys traded back and drafted a projected second rounder with the 31st selection.
Heading into Day 2, names like Manti Te’o, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Eddie Lacy, and Jonathan Cyprien remain available.
With their first pick not until No. 51 in the second round, it’s clear the biggest needs for the Redskins are safety and cornerback but with talents like Robert Woods from USC and Keenan Allen from Cal still on the board, wide receiver could still be a possibility. However, the second round could be where the cornerback dominoes start to fall and force the Washington to select one before the top of the group is selected.
The Redskins own the 51st (2nd round) and the 85th overall selection (3rd round).
2nd Round – No. 51 Overall – David Amerson – CB – N.C. State
With their second round selection, the Redskins decided to take cornerback David Amerson out of North Carolina State.
Ranked as the 19th best safety in the country coming out of high school, Amerson transitioned to become a skilled cornerback, picking off 13 passes as a sophomore in 2011 and earning him the Jack Tatum Award. Amerson also possesses size with his repertoire at 6’1″. However, he had a down year in 2012, getting burned deep regularly. He finished last season with 61 tackles and five interceptions.
He told local reporters in a conference call that the coaches will keep him at cornerback and playing safety was not mentioned.
However, he is still regarded as a bit raw and was burned deep a bit in 2012. The Redskins coaches hope working with DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers, all of whom have expiring contracts after 2013, will help give him time to develop into a pro.
Here’s a summary of Amerson provided by Pro Football Weekly: “Overhyped, enigmatic, Jekyll-and-Hyde interceptor who looked like a slam dunk first round pick during his 13-interception sophomore season but was repeatedly burned as a junior. Zone, off-man corner who will never be a shutdown cover man, and the team that drafts him must be willing to sacrifice consistency for turnovers.”
3rd Round – No. 85 Overall – Jordan Reed – TE – Florida
The Redskins opted to select a young security blanket with their third round pick. Reed adds depth to a tight end spot that may be without starter Fred Davis after he becomes a free agent in 2014.
Reed, 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, was a quarterback coming out of high school but made the move to tight end with the Gators. His versatility should help his adjustment to the dynamic Redskins offense.
During a conference call with local reporters, Reed shed light on head coach Mike Shanahan’s approach to the draft, admitting he had no idea the team was interested in him and that the team had not contacted him at any point before tonight.
In his 2012 senior season, Reed started 12 of 13 games and caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns.
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