Washington Redskins: Ranking the 10 Standouts in Thursday's Game vs Ravens

Matt BirchFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2011

Last night's preseason game between the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens was a thriller. The Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter, but the Ravens fought back and QB Tyrod Taylor led them to victory in the final seconds, hitting WR Brandon Jones for a 9-yard touchdown. 

Here are 10 Redskins that stood out in the game:

WR Anthony Armstrong:

Continuing to cement himself as Redskins' deep threat, Armstrong caught two catches for 51 yards. He will be important for his ability to stretch opposing defenses, keeping them honest, and creating opportunities for the run game.

RB Tim Hightower:

For whatever reason, it didn’t work out for Hightower in Arizona. Running behind an abysmal offensive line may have been why. Regardless, the Cardinals’ loss is the Redskins’ gain, as the running back showed explosiveness running between the tackles, scampering 9 times for 56 yards (one touchdown).

RB Roy Helu:

It's been a long time since the Redskins had a speedy, change-of-pace back, and Helu may be that guy. He, once again, showed flashes of brilliance, using his quickness in rushing 13 times for 44 yards. Helu is also great catching passes out of the backfield, and he had a reception last night which went for 14 yards.

WR Terrence Austin:

Austin was fighting for a roster spot coming into this game. If there was any doubt as to whether or not he deserved a spot on the team, there shouldn't be now. Austin hauled in five catches for 71 yards (one touchdown) and did a good job getting separation from opposing cornerbacks.

QB Rex Grossman:

Grossman showed off his strong arm but accuracy continued to be an issue, completing 8 of 15 passes. Last night would have been a great time to challenge QB John Beck for the job as starting quarterback, but it was clear was the better player.

LB Ryan Kerrigan:

The Redskins draft pick shined on prime-time television, executing a perfect spin move en route to sacking QB Joe Flacco in the first half. It appears Kerrigan will be a great fit in Washington, even while making the transition to a 3-4 base defense.

WR Leonard Hankerson:

While he only caught one pass for 11 yards, Hankerson continued to get separation from defensive backs and presented himself as a big target in the passing game. The Redskins have been lacking a big, physical receiver with a large frame, and finally they have one. Hankerson has a bright future in Washington.

CB DeAngelo Hall:

 It was a typical night for the high-risk, high-reward cornerback. In the first quarter, he intercepted QB Joe Flacco and went 52 yards to the house for the touchdown. He showed his elusiveness eluding tackles and finding his way to the end zone.

However, Hall did get burned in coverage a couple of times by WR Anquan Boldin in the second quarter.

QB John Beck:

As soon as Beck entered the game, it was as if the Redskins offense received a shot of adrenaline. Beck found WR Anthony Armstrong – who torched CB Domonique Foxworth – and lofted a pretty pass to the sideline for a 33-yard gain. But he did struggle with consistency, completing only 6 of 10 passes, tossing an interception and missing a wide-open WR Santana Moss on what would have been a key third-down conversion.

QB Kellen Clemens:

Clemens makes this list because of his standout poor performance. If there has been one big disappointment in Redskins training camp, it's Clemens. His horrible accuracy and inability to read defenses makes it easy on opposing defensive backs. Last night, he completed just four of eight passes for 33 yards, throwing a late interception which would set the Ravens up for victory.

As a member of the New York Jets, Clemens was ousted by journeyman QB Mark Brunell for the role of backup quarterback. Maybe there's a reason for that. Clemens adds little to NFL teams besides depth.