The final preseason game, game four, will be Thursday. None of the starters are expected to play, so this will be a critical game for many players trying to make the roster. In Head Coach Jay Gruden’s words, “This game will show how much they have learned throughout the OTA’s (organized team activities) and training camp. Now they have the opportunity to play well against a good Tampa Team.” Starting Friday, the coaches and staff will be deciding which players to keep and which players to cut. Also, there will be more good players cut from all 32 teams than before since the cut down is not from 75 to 53 but instead it is from 90 to 53 since the NFL omitted the cut down from 90 to 75 players this season. This means the Redskins will be evaluating players cut from other teams.
Third string quarterback Nate Sudfeld will start and his backup will be Colt McCoy. Of course, the coaches will be watching all the non-starters play. I am so impressed with our “two’s” that I predict a victory over Tampa Bay. I know our defensive players will be impressive and probably sack the Buccaneers quarterback and get at least one interception. Offensively, Redskins quarterback Nate Sudfeld will have time to read, plant and throw because of the good protection of the offensive line. Keep an eye on #68 Tyler Catalina who pass protects like a stone wall and is a good run blocking guard who likes to block through the whistle.
Other players I believe will have a good game and contribute to my predicted victory are Nico Marley (LB), A.J. Francis (DL), Chris Carter (LB), Robert Davis (WR), Joshua Holsey (CB), Anthony Lanier II (DL), Joey Mbu (DL), Fabian Moreau (CB), Ronald Patrick (OL), Martrell Spaight (LB), Fish Smithson (S) and Jeremy Sprinkle (TE). I am very interested in those who will be playing nose tackle since Phil Taylor had a season-ending quad injury last game.
Many of the players the Redskins have to cut to get down to a 53-man roster before September 2nd will be picked up by other NFL teams, so this game is important for them to play well and leave it all on the field.
My prediction is Redskins 31, Buccaneers 20 because our “two’s” are better than many “ones.” Remember after this game, one of the determining factors is how many players will the Redskins carry at each position? How many running backs? How many tight ends? How many offensive linemen? Winning Coach Joe Gibbs kept five tight ends. I think Jay Gruden will keep four. Jordan Reed and Niles Paul both have had an injury history, so he will probably keep four. There is not much time between Friday after the game and September 2nd. Let @cover32_WAS know which players you think we should keep after this preseason game four.
In the meantime, our starters and coaches need to practice hard to get ready for the Philadelphia Eagles in game one of the regular season. Starting a game slower than a 3-legged turtle is not going to cut it. It is time to change the “country club” atmosphere to “Hell Week” practice. The Redskins have the talent to go all the way, but they have to do their job and execute.
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