Tarik El-Bashir gives an update on Redskins injuries
Here are a few Redskins who saw their stock go up on Thursday in Tennessee and some who saw theirs go down.
Up—Pat White: He was starting from a very low point, having been out of the league for three years, so you could say he had nowhere to go but up. But he did what he needed to do, using his arm and his feet to move the Redskins to a late touchdown and two-point conversion. The drive was against defenders who are unlikely to be in the NFL in September and White remains a long shot to make the team, but he maximized his opportunity and that’s all you can ask of him.
Down—Aldrick Robinson: He did have two catches but one of them was very shaky, requiring a video review when he bobbled the ball on what should have been an easy catch near the sideline. And he flat dropped a nice pass from Rex Grossman for what would have been a substantial gain. Mike Shanahan said last week that Robinson needed to become more consistent and he was anything but that in this game.
Up—Tom Compton: The second-year player started at left tackle in place of Trent Williams and played 36 snaps. Both his inexperience and athletic ability were on display as he struggled at times both pass and run blocking but overall he got a passing grade. He did show an ability to recover if he didn’t get to his guy on the first try, something we didn’t see last year. I’m not sure if you can rest easy if Williams goes out and Compton is in but the kid is making some progress.
Down—Penalties: The Redskins were among the league leaders in penalties last year and they were not successful in having a clean game on Thursday as they got flagged 11 times for 89 yards. Particularly annoying were an illegal formation penalty on Xavier Nixon that wiped out a Lance Lewis touchdown catch and a pair of 15-yard penalties after touchdowns. One was on Fred Davis for excessive celebration and the other was against Bacarri Rambo for shoving Shon Greene after he was already in the end zone.
Up—Roy Helu Jr.: After a season lost to injuries, Helu showed that he can be a cog in the offense. He rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries and showed the burst and elusiveness that helped him lead the team in rushing as a rookie in 2011. Alfred Morris remains the starter, of course, but Helu could force Kyle Shanahan to find a way to get the ball into his hands.
Down—Phillip Thomas: The rookie has struggled in training camp but he got his chance to show he’s a gamer with a start last night. However, he went out early with a sprained foot, an injury that could cost him some valuable practice time. It’s way too early to write off his chances of contributing this year but things need to turn around for him quickly.