The Washington Redskins saw what they hoped to see on Thursday, a convincing effort from their backups in a 24-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a relatively healthy end to the preseason, save for nose tackle Chris Neild (who would have had a tough time making the roster). Washington’s coaches will have a difficult choice at running back, both in how many they keep and whom. It’s a good problem, but will provide some agonizing moments in the next day and a half.
Here are some other thoughts on the Redskins' third preseason game of the year:
You can’t coach speed, and Lache Seastrunk has plenty of it. On the 80-yard catch-and-run screen for a touchdown, Seastrunk’s speed was evident in how he turned the corner and forced a bad angle by the safety. But it was also visible in another run in which he turned the corner and bounced wide. Seastrunk has a ways to go to be an effective third-down back, but that speed is tough to dismiss. Fellow speed back Chris Thompson had his moments, but not as much as Seastrunk.
Fellow running back Silas Redd again flashed, thanks to a combination of power and patience. He cut decisively and when he does, he arrives with power. He still needs to work on getting lower through the hole at times, but Redd consistently gained yards after contact. He’s another who will be hard to cut. Though Evan Royster has been productive this summer, he does not necessarily offer what they want. Interesting call at running back.
At place-kicker, Kai Forbath had the stronger night by making his lone field goal attempt -- a 45-yarder -- while Zach Hocker missed his attempt from 39 yards. Both had kickoffs in the end zone, but Hocker consistently gets more hang time and therefore sets up his coverage better. But Fortbath has done a solid job on field goals the past two years. If they were even going into the game, Forbath might have edged ahead of Hocker after this outing. Punter Tress Way had a good night, but it's hard to imagine him beating out Robert Malone, not that he has been awesome.
Linebacker Gabe Miller had a night worthy of winning a job, with a sack/fumble/recovery in the first half. He also showed excellent recognition on a draw play for a stop and had a tackle for a loss in part because of how well he took on the lead blocker, getting low, spinning off and making the tackle. He and Everette Brown were about even entering the night. Miller stood out.
Ryan Grant just keeps doing everything right. I know it was against backups, but I love his game -- it's the tough catches, the way he runs routes, the way he comes back for the ball. Also liked how he blocked at times. He is, as a number of players have said, the real deal. Aldrick Robinson did a nice job, too. If there was any doubt if he should have a roster spot over, say, Nick Williams it was erased Thursday -- and there shouldn't have been any doubt. Robinson also came back for the ball and showed his speed after the catch.