Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
The future is now.
I admit putting Ike Hilliard (WR), Sean McVay (TE) and Matt LaFleur (QB) into one group is a little unfair, but I decided that for all our sakes, I would save you the two extra slides.
Matt LaFleur has an opportunity to become the talk of the town with RG3 as his starting protege, but what impressed me most was how he took our third-string rookie, Kirk Cousins, and turned him into a self possessed, calm and solid backup in such a short time. Kirk looked like the obvious back up to Griffin after Rex came out and, um, did what Rex does.
I can't blame LaFleur for Rex—he's a 10-year veteran QB. He's hit his ceiling. The end.
So LaFleur himself gets an A.
Sean McVay, on the other hand, is working with tremendous skill at the tight end and completely failing to impress me. When Logan Paulson makes the only noteworthy play by a tight end in a game, there are issues. That is especially true when you are watching two rookie QBs play. Rookies need their tight ends.
Niles Paul is supposed to be working on blocking, but instead drops the ball. Maybe too much focus on blocking in camp and not enough reps getting the ball his way?
Cooley seems to be a fullback now, but we all know he's got all the tools and talent still to be a high caliber tight end. I hope we see more of him at the position in the following weeks.
At the end of the day, to have this much talent and to be almost an afterthought to the game yesterday is a bad sign. I know it's just preseason, but this is the game I'm grading them on. A teacher grades the test handed out, not the test they might have next semester.
McVay gets a C-.
Ike Hilliard found himself in a tight spot yesterday. RG3 found his guy, Pierre Garcon, and hit him several times for several big plays, including the only touchdown of the night.
Then Rex found his little man, Brandon Banks, and proceeded to underthrow, overthrow and of course, throw to the defender on seven pass plays directed to the fan favorite.
Banks had to break up an interception, slow down after having a full stride on the defender, and once actually come back past the defender to attempt a catch. In Rex's defense, Banks slipped and fell twice on his cuts.
My point is this: Ike Hilliard had his hands tied as far as demonstrating how far along he's brought this squad, but overall, the group looked solid in their first outing.
Ike gets a B.
Aggregate grade: B-.