The Washington Redskins suffered a major blow last night, losing new starting tight end Niles Paul for the season. The Redskins left Cleveland with a 20-17 victory, with things to be happy about and obviously some issues that need to be addressed. Though, that’s what the preseason is about.
1. Tight End Trauma. Washington just lost the top tight end on their depth chart with a dislocated ankle, Paul worked hard to earn the role and in a blink of an eye his season and huge opportunity is gone. The players behind him on the depth chart are currently injured as well, Logan Paulsen with a toe injury and Jordan Reed with a hamstring injury. Reed has shown how talented of a player he is, but he’s also shown that he’s a bit injury prone. It’ll be interesting to see how the Redskins address this issue, if it’s from the outside, who do they bring in?
& just like that, it was taken from me
— Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul84) August 14, 2015
2. RG III. The embattled Washington quarterback played well last night, there were a few throws that he missed on. However, he also should have had a 60 plus yard touchdown throw to Pierre Garcon on their opening drive, but Garcon had issues tracking and pulling in the ball for the completion. More importantly, Robert looked comfortable in the pocket.
3. Offensive Line. The first team offensive line (for now) played well, they didn’t surrender a sack and gave Griffin a clean pocket to operate out of. The young side of the line, also known as the right side, played well especially in pass protection. It was definitely a positive showing for Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses.
FL4. Chris Culliver. It’s tough to judge the first team secondary seeing as they’re not fully healthy, but the free agent addition flashed a couple of times in the first quarter last night. He showed that he’s a tough, physical corner back. On a pass play, he picked up a Browns receiver and slammed him to the ground. He also had two nice hits in run support, there was a highly questionable pass interference call on him but outside of that he showed everything you want to see out of a guy who was brought in to be a top corner on the team.
5. Rookies that flashed. Scherff wasn’t the only rookie to show glimpses last night as both Matt Jones and Preston Smith displayed their talents as well. Matt Jones had 38 yards on five carries, showing his physicality, agility and vision. Smith didn’t look lost out there, he tallied his first NFL sack on the evening.
Washington had a solid showing, over