It’s been a long time coming but football has returned for the NFC East defending champions. After all the glamour with watching the kickoff and the first few plays went away, it was time to put last season to rest and start to focus on the 2016-2017 campaign. The Redskins took a 3-0 early in the first quarter as that ended up being the only lead of the game for the home team. The Falcons began to dominate in the second quarter and never looked back.
Although the Redskins backups fought back after being down 23-3 with two scoring touchdown drives, they were not able to complete the comeback as they into Friday’s game with the jets 0-1. Without further ado, here are my takeaways from Thursdays game.
Su’a Cravens: The Redskins may have a gem with this talented rookie. If you look at the stats, he only had four tackles but if you watched the game he was eye popping off the screen. I’m very eager to see how he many strides he will make this season.
Going Deep: I’m not sure if the Redskins secondary had an off night, if former player Aldrick Robinson had something to prove but play after play he continued to make plays going deep.
Penalties: No one wants to have 14 penalties in their first preseason game no matter if it “doesn’t count.” Penalties show a lack of discipline and a high penalty count is not on the mind of team who hope to improve from an NFC East title.
Quality QB Play: All three QBs (Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy and rookie Nate Sudfeld) went for a combined 22-31 for 181 yards, 1 TD and no interceptions. Not phenomenal numbers but they all controlled the tempo of the game. The rookie Nate Sudfeld came in and was very impressive during his stint. A good arm, very accurate QB which makes you wonder will the Redskins keep a third QB this season.
Special Teams: Bad news is the Redskins gave up a TD on a kick return in their first game in the preseason. Good news, the Redskins punter Tress Way was looking like an all pro as he was averaging 50+ yards per punt. If he keeps that along with the expected improvement that the Redskins defense is suppose to have, he may have a pro bowl caliber season.