4 Redskins Players in Danger of Losing Starting Role After Week 1
But as all football fans know, overreacting after your team's first game is normal. Not necessarily smart, or warranted. But normal.
Here's a few Redskin players who over the next couple of games will have with more than a few pairs of eyes on them to see if belong as starters on this current Washington squad.
It wasn't that Davis didn't look good last week against the Eagles. In fact, given his return from last year's Achilles tear, Davis looked pretty damn good. But when you see Jordan Reed effortlessly hauling in five passes for 38 yards, it's easy to see the rookie challenging Davis for more snaps.
Again, this isn't to say Davis should lose his job. He's a very good tight end, and the Redskins benefit from multiple tight end sets. But this guy Jordan Reed may be pushing Davis more so than we initially thought.
The pocket for Robert Griffin III improved in the second half, but right tackle Tyler Polumbus still keeps fans on edge. And his ineffectiveness as a run-blocker in the first half only adds to the fanbase's frustration.
But that doesn't mean the answer is to replace Polumbus. Although Tom Compton serves as the team's swing tackle, he's valued as insurance on both sides. And to be honest, he’s unproven as a starter at this level.
Mike Shanahan is known for being loyal to his lineman. Unless Polumbus's play declines even further or somebody else really steps up in practice, expect Polumbus to stay put.
I know. I'm not even comfortable writing this, so reading it is probably infuriating. But not acknowledging London Fletcher's struggle in pass coverage against the Eagles would be neglectful.
And even more problematic, if that's possible, Fletcher also was left grasping at the trails of LeSean McCoy's juke moves on more than a handful of plays Monday night. He was slow getting off blocks and his age has clearly caught up with him, much like we saw last season.
It seemed to go a bit under the radar when it happened, but losing Keenan Robinson during the preseason was a big blow to the Redskins defense. There isn't much insurance behind Fletcher.
Remember when I mentioned hasty overreactions and irrational demands from fans following Week 1?
Well, calling for rookie safety Bacarri Rambo's head after one regular season game certainly falls under that category.
Although Rambo has shown improvement as a tackler in the open field since his first preseason game, Monday night's game against the Eagles was proof that the former Georgia Bulldog has a long way to go.
In addition to being caught out of position on a DeSean Jackson touchdown, Rambo once again looked tentative as a tackler, and he appears indecisive in one-on-one situations. He was victimized by numerous juke moves made by McCoy and Michael Vick.
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