Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason Recap

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Aug 31, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons (40) intercepts a pass and runs for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins were victorious 13 to 10 in a defensive struggle. None of the starters of either team played. The game actually was the last chance for most “two’s and three’s” to win a roster spot and/or catch the interest of other teams. Many talented, young football players will be looking for a new team to sign them after being cut from their current teams. All NFL teams must be down to their 53-player roster before 4:00 pm tomorrow, Saturday, September 2nd.

Third string quarterback Nate Sudfeld showed he has improved and has a grip on Head Coach Jay Gruden’s system. He did a good job and probably saved himself from being cut. A poor game might have meant he would be cut to make room for another player they would like to keep. The Redskins might have gone with two quarterbacks and have Terrelle Pryor as an emergency quarterback. In the game, Nate Sudfeld completed 22 of 33 pass attempts for 228 yards and smartly threw the ball away at times, with no interceptions. Sudfeld moved the team down the field and put the Redskins in position for three field goal attempts. Dustin Hopkins made good on two of three, missing one field goal. It was his only miss of the preseason.

Of course, there were drive killing penalties, but Sudfeld’s passing was accurate for the most part. He spread the ball around to 11 different receivers. The top receivers were Matt Hazel who caught 4 passes for 60 yards, James Quick also caught 4 passes for 45 yards, Maurice Harris caught 3 passes for 43 yards and Jamari Staples caught 2 passes for 30 yards. Maurice Harris fielded punts very well. He has a good chance of making the roster.

Important statistics are the Redskins won the time of possession and had more yards rushing and passing than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins had an almost 53% 3rd down completion rate with Nate Sudfeld at quarterback.

The offensive line did a good job. Offensive line guru Bill Callahan seemed to give all linemen some playing time, Tyler Catalina was very impressive in pass protection and run blocking. I hope the Redskins keep 10 offensive linemen, but will probably keep 9. The Redskins need the depth that rookies Chase Roullier and Tyler Catalina can provide.

In less than 2 days, the Washington Redskins will cut down to the 53-player roster. With Jordan Reed and Niles Paul both having an injury history, the Redskins will probably keep four tight ends. I believe they will be Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Niles Paul and Jeremy Sprinkle. They will probably keep four running backs, so I see Robert Kelley, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson and Mack Brown making the roster. We will soon see the 53-player roster for 2017, the practice squad and injured reserve.

To be victorious in our opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles, our offense must have their timing down between Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor. I am confident quarterback Kirk Cousins is already on target with both tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis as well as Jamison Crowder. The aggressive and pressure defense of Greg Manusky will be ready. Expect more balance between run and pass plays this season in the game planning since Bill Callahan has more input in the game planning. The next game counts and it is an NFC East division game. It is time for Head Coach Jay Gruden to finally win a season home opener at FedEx Field.

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