With two preseason games already in the rearview and another one coming up in just a few days we know that Redskins fans have plenty of questions about the upcoming season. Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler answer them in this week’s Q&A presented by Wendy’s.
It’s hard to believe we’re still talking about this as Griffin enters his THIRD season. His first slide Monday night was awkward. A little while later, he should have slid but ended up lowering his shoulder and absorbing a couple of unnecessary blows. Then he finally slid properly and got up limping a bit. So, yes, it’s definitely time Griffin learned when/how to slide. But we've been saying that for years. Afterward, he promised Redskins fans that he intends to finally commit himself to learning. Seems to me, Griffin has no other choice. He must make it a priority before he pays a heavy price.
Davis got a whopping five snaps on defense and another four on special teams. That’s not a good sign for a guy many saw as a solid dark horse candidate to make the 53. Raheem Morris told us in Richmond that Davis knew the defense as well as anyone but that he needed great play on special teams to have a shot at making it, so perhaps that is your answer. I still say that Compton will not make the 53 but he is working hard to make a liar out me. He led the team in tackles last night with five, including one for a loss, and was very active. He’s forcing his way into the conversation. Perhaps if Darryl Sharpton is still hampered by that ankle sprain when cut down day arrives, Compton will find a spot on the roster.
The Redskins certainly tossed the ball around more in Week 2 of the preseason, increasing their total number of pass attempts from 26 vs. the Patriots to 35 vs. the Browns. It’s probably safe to assume Jay Gruden and Co. wanted to gauge their pass game, particularly with star wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson making their preseason debuts. One more thought: there’s only one way Robert Griffin III is going to hone his skills as a pocket passer. And that’s by doing it.
I think that any time you get five different backs with carries and over a dozen offensive linemen getting snaps things aren’t going to looks smooth all the time. And keep in mind that the Browns have a pretty good defensive front. But obviously you hate to see them fail to get the ball in on three cracks from the one-yard line. And if you take out Griffin’s scrambles they averaged a very pedestrian 3.4 yards per attempt. So, yes, there are some things that need to improve. We will see if the running game is a more efficient operation by the time they go to Houston on Sept. 7.
With the exception of his brush with the law last week, Breeland has been one of the pleasant surprises of training camp. And, yes, I agree with your assessment. He was very good vs. the Browns. The rookie recorded a team-high five tackles (tied), defended two passes, recovered a fumble and played physical throughout. Afterward, he was praised by Jay Gruden, who said, “He’s a great tackler and is striking people. It’s exciting to have corners that can run and are big like him and [can] be great tacklers. He knocked the ball loose a couple of times and it’s really impressing me. I’m happy with his progression and, moving forward, I think he has a great career ahead of him.”