Now that the Week 2 contest between the Redskins and the Rams is over, it's time to prepare for the process in which coaches, players, and analysts break down the biggest plays from the contest many times during the next few days.
However, there are plenty of other plays from the game, ones that won't necessarily garner a lot of attention in the highlight shows or get their spot in online stories, which are still important. They may be quirky, they may be funny, or they may be awful, but they're important nonetheless.
In Extra Reps, my job is to bring your attention to those plays. You'll hear plenty of talk about Kirk Cousins’ impressive day, but what about the new kicker looking like Adam Vinatieri 2.0? That's where I come in — to analyze the under-analyzed.Let's get some extra reps:
Matt Jones is a bad, bad man.
When is Matt Jones’ Ring of Fame induction? Anybody know? The Florida back was a MONSTER today. 19 carries for 123 yards and two scores. Broken tackles left and right. Hitting holes so hard. What a pleasure to watch him play. Him and Morris are going to be so fun the rest of the season.
Hopping on the Hopkins bandwagon
Thought for sure that new kicker Dustin Hopkins would somehow screw up in his Washington debut, but the kid was money. Made all of his PAT’s (no easy task after this year’s rule change), knocked in a long field goal, and was annihilating his kickoffs. Anyone else want to go in on a Hopkins jersey with me? I’m about to head NFL.com and pick up a couple for my family and me.
A stumbling zebra
After the bomb that Nick Foles threw to Kenny Britt, Britt taunted DeAngelo Hall and Trenton Robinson. The ref, however, had some trouble while getting the flag out of his pocket to penalize Britt:
Honestly, he probably should’ve just given himself a 15-yarder for excessive unathletic-ness. That was bad, dude.
Defensive line is dominant again
Jason Hatcher looks ten years younger. Terrance Knighton is the size of a wardrobe but has the quickness of a kitten. Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, and Ricky Jean-Francois provide a ton of depth. I love this defensive line. I love it so much. They’re leading a refreshed Redskins’ defense and I can’t get enough of them. Feels weird to say this, but I actually like watching the Burgundy and Gold go up against opposing offenses nowadays.
FOX’s broadcast has a lot of swag
Drake’s “Enemies” and Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” were just two songs that FOX played when heading to commercial today. Reason No. 35924 why FOX is better than CBS.
The special teams were fine — and that’s a massive improvement
Tavon Austin did nothing Sunday, no punts were blocked, and the kicking game looked like it belonged to a real-life NFL team. Aren’t special teams awesome when they just do what they’re supposed to do?
Familiar number, not familiar face
Terrance Plummer got called up this week from the Redskins’ practice squad to help fill out a dinged up linebacking corps, but the team’s equipment manager didn’t do him any favors. Plummer took the field in a No. 59 jersey, which of course belonged to London Fletcher while he was roaming the Washington defense from 2007-2013. That’s a tough assignment for the Central Florida product.
Players who I thought were going to be bad are actually playing well
Dashon Goldson and Shawn Lauvao were two of my biggest question marks heading into this year. And while it’s still quite early in 2015, today they were both fantastic. Goldson was flying around and making tackles, and Lauvao was constantly out on the edge paving the way for Jones and Morris. A real strong effort from both guys on Sunday.