Handing out labels after Skins games, this time a game against the Buccaneers that existed, but really who’s going to quote the score or brag about a fourth preseason game.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 29, 2014
All of us. Preseason is over, everyone. We made it. RG3 didn’t burst into flames. Trent Williams is still going strong. Nothing horrible happened to any starters. Next time we see this football team take the field, it will be for a real game. Great job, everyone. Way to stay tough.
Gabe Miller. Had a genuinely impressive sack/fumble, albeit against Mike Kafka and a bunch of random people I’ve never heard of. (To be fair, it’s not like I’m super-familiar with Miller either. The draft version of this item listed “Somebody wearing number 45 named Miller” as a Winner, so.)
Lache Seastrunk. The knock on him when the Redskins drafted him was “can he catch”. He caught the first one they threw him tonight, and then did all the stuff that no one was knocking and took it 80 yards for a touchdown. Then he caught another one and finished as the team’s leading receiver. He also carried the ball 6 times for 23 yards. Probably earned a roster spot.
Silas Redd. To my untrained eye, he looked like the most complete of the Redskins running backs tonight. Finished with 14 rushes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Probably put Evan Royster out of a job tonight.
Ryan Grant. By most accounts had already made the team. Still put up 5 catches for 73 yards, including a beautiful toe-tapping 31 yarder along the sideline.
Clifton Geathers. Got two sacks, including one to finish Tampa’s last offensive possession. I know nothing about him and assume we will never hear from him again.
Akeem Davis. Apparently.
Had thought of Davis as potential practice squad guy. But this undrafted rookie really could make the 53 based on how he's playing.
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 29, 2014
Chris Nield. Literally the only thing that matters in a preseason game is that no one gets hurt. He got hurt. I’m assuming it’s an MCL — I’m no doctor, but when players walk easily off from bad-looking knee injuries, I assume MCL. [UPDATE: Nope, they're suspecting ACL, but the following point remains accurate regardless of which ligament it is.] Nield has seemed like a potentially promising player, especially for a late-round pick, for a few years now, but injuries like this have made it tough to find out, and he’s probably running out of time.
Evan Royster. Given first shot to distinguish himself in the crowd of running backs, Royster did virtually nothing against whatever random dudes the Bucs were trotting out on defense. Finished with 4 carries for -1 yard and has to be considered a longshot for a roster spot.
Richard Crawford. Did nothing on special teams returns to make anyone forget the halcyon days of Antwaan Randle El.
Tampa Bay players. Those uniform numbers are awful. Helmets are pretty awesome, but not enough to offset the disastrous numberforms.
Ken Harvey. Continues to redefine awfulness in sideline reporting.
Colt McCoy. Given a chance to play the whole, game, McCoy acquitted himself decently, going 22 for 29 for 321 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 interceptions, albeit against backups and backups-to-backups. Still, maybe it was enough to get him a job somewhere (if Cooley’s wrong and he doesn’t stick here as a third-stringer). Personally, I’d rather see McCoy cut than Seastrunk or Redd, but what the hell do I know.
Aldrick Robinson. He looked okay to me, and his stats were reasonably solid 5 catches for 75 yards, but Joe Theismann seemed to think he should be a Winner twelve times over.
Chris Thompson. Carried the ball successfully without shattering like a Christmas ornament dropped on a tile floor, which, for him, is enough to keep him out of the losers column. He even looked decent at times in finishing with 8 carries for 18 yards and 4 catches for 41 yards. But if there’s only room for one speed-based back on this offense, I think it has to be Seastrunk.