Washington may have defeated the Detroit Lions, 21-17 on Thursday night but the Redskins couldn’t help but leave FedEx Field with a bad taste in their mouth.
Robert Griffin III suffered another setback, this time a concussion and a right shoulder injury.
MyMindOnSports’ Troy Jefferson gives his five takeaways from Thursday’s game.
1. Blame can go all around for RG3’s injury
Jay Gruden, the offensive line and RG3 can all shoulder the blame (no pun intended) for RG3’s latest injury. Some will argue Gruden left RG3 in the game too long, which I don’t necessarily agree with- RG3 needs as many reps as possible. What I didn’t like was RG3 only had dropback plays called for him while Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have had read option and bootleg plays called for them in back to back games. It also didn’t help that RG3 was playing against one of the best defensive lines in football with a left tackle that probably won’t be on the roster on opening day. But RG3 cant go without blame, he doesn’t seem to have that mental clock in his head when time is running down in the pocket to get rid of the ball. One thing is for sure, RG3 can’t survive too many more of these hits.
2. Running back depth is strong
We already know what Alfred Morris can do. But Trey Williams, Matt Jones and Chris Thompson have all been strong through two games. Williams/ Jones/ Thompson combined for a 133 yards on 23 carries against Detroit. Matt Jones also had a touchdown.
3. Patience with Brandon Scherff
Brandon Scherff looked like a rookie against Detroit on Thursday and had his “Welcome to the NFL” moment. Scherff, who is making the transition from tackle to guard, was driven back into the pocket by Detroit’s Tyrunn Walker for an easy sack/fumble. Scherff has to learn how to play with more leverage, he was too high in his stance and at the NFL level players are too strong to play straight up.
4. I like Houston Bates
For the second week in a row, Houston Bates tallied a sack. He followed up his two sack performance against Cleveland with another sack and three tackles against Detroit. With Ryan Kerrigan and Junior Galette sitting out, Bates has turned heads with his effort plays more than flashy moves.
5. Quinton Dunbar has been impressive
Another player, who has caught my eye is Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar is making the transition from wide receiver to cornerback and all things considered is playing well. Dunbar had a pass deflection on Thursday after recording a pass deflection and a tackle against Cleveland a week ago. At 6’2” 201 pounds, Dunbar has the measurables to at least warrant an extended look going forward.