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Why does every No. 46 on the Redskins play the same? I remember watching Ryan Torain two years ago and I thought, “he reminds me a lot of Ladell Betts.” Now I watched rookie Alfred Morris and said the same exact thing.
If I could add someone to my “studs” list, it would be Morris. He could potentially be that short-yardage back that will be needed.
He was consistently falling forward and looked better than I expected. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team takes a similar strategy with Morris as they did with Evan Royster last year.
That means we won’t see him for the rest of preseason, then stash him on the practice squad until the end of the year. They bring Morris in for a couple games and he goes for over 100 yards, thus tormenting fantasy football owners nationwide.
Very impressed with Richard Crawford, liked him on defense and in punt returns. Even though I don’t think Crawford has that breakaway speed, I’m perfectly fine with picking up solid yardage in the return game.
Liked his interception and overall coverage, if he continues this style of play, he’ll make the roster.
Jordan Bernstine looks best at the strong safety position, and he appeared very comfortable playing against the run.
Let’s just look at the rookie production from Thursday’s game (check meaning good): Robert Griffin—check; Josh LeRibeus—solid; Kirk Cousins—needs work; Keenan Robinson—solid; Adams Gettis—needs work; Alfred Morris—check; Tom Compton—check; Richard Crawford—check; Jordan Bernstine—check.
Can I count Vince Young as a dud? What happened to that guy? He might be the worst Madden curse ever.
Despite Chris Baker’s dominance, I thought Chris Neild was impressive, too. Mike Shanahan needs to find a way to keep both of those guys.
Other than Rob Jackson, I liked the outside linebacker play from both Markus White and Chris Wilson, who will probably be competing for that final spot. Whoever performs better on special teams will end up making it.
Lastly, I just want to mention how the overall depth on the defensive side of the ball really has improved. Especially on the front seven.
Now I know that both safety positions are not what we hoped for, but let’s think about that for a second. How much worse is the team from last year? LaRon Landry was out most of the season, and when he played, he was never fully recovered. O.J. Atogwe was a complete bust. So that left the team with DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty.
Right now, Gomes and Doughty are getting beat out by two veterans—Madieu Williams and Brandon Meriweather. If anything, (even though I actually liked Gomes) this should be a steady improvement rather than a regression.