Mundane best describes the performance and atmosphere involving the Washington Redskins' 17-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their preseason finale. Normally that might seem like an insult. After the wild and unreal events over the last week, mundane felt refreshing.
The Redskins (3-1) lost for the first time this preseason despite Rashad Ross finishing with 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Some initial thoughts now with more coming following the postgame locker room.
- The Redskins kept 28 or so players out against the Jaguars, including many starters and key reserves. Nothing terribly shocking, though worth noting the rookie trio of Matt Jones (rest), Jamison Crowder and Evan Spencer (concussion) did not play. Jacksonville rested all 22 of its projected starters.
- Among those who did play, cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland. Hall was a tad surprising considering players of his stature rarely suit up for the preseason finale. This was about getting him reps. Returning from a torn Achilles last year, Hall suffered a toe injury last month. Breeland suffered a knee injury early in training camp. He was beat for a 40-yard catch one play before Corey Graham ripped off a 40-yard touchdown for Jacksonville in the first half. Better to kick some rust off now than Week 2 against the Rams when he returns following his one-game suspension.
- Colt McCoy played all four quarters and most importantly, left the game in one piece. He finished 22 of 33 for 208 yards. Fine in spots, McCoy's limited arm strength left observers wanting in others. Threw an interception, but was wiped out by penalty. Nothing new across the board. Fine backup. We won't be hearing about him challenging Kirk Cousins for the starting job at least not until Cousins throws his first interception.
- Rashad Ross officially wins the 2015 preseason hero award after his latest productive outing. The wide receiver scored Washington's first touchdown with a 19-yard catch and run, which ended with the second-year player breaking a tackle inside the five-yard line. His final preseason numbers: 25-266-4. Now the question is has the 6-foot-0 target done enough to beat out sixth-round pick Spencer for the sixth and final WR slot, assuming Washington keeps six. Ross made each of my last two 53-man roster projections. He'll make the next one as well.
- Injury report: Center/Guard Josh LeRibeus was ruled out in the third quarter with a calf injury; RB Trey Williams suffered a left ankle injury; Tight end Derek Carrier was evaluated for a concussion, but cleared.
- Running back Mack Brown's two-yard TD run gave the Redskins a 16-14 lead with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter (Two-point attempt failed). Jacksonsville kicker Jason Myers booted the go-ahead kick, a 47-yard field goal with 3:40 left.
- I've thought for some time that the Redskins should carry two tackles and two interior offensive linemen with their likely four backup slots. LeRibeus typically comes to mind as the guard/center in trouble. In possibly related news, guard Spencer Long had a rough night.