It's not like going 4 for 10 for 28 yards is completely irrelevant, it's just incomplete information. It's like trying to judge a Miss American contestant by looking at one of her arms.
Football games ebb and flow. Quarterbacks sometimes start out hot and cool off as the defense adjusts. On other occasions the offense has to adjust to what the defense is doing and the QB finds his stride as the game goes on.
While there's no guarantee that Campbell would have caught fire had this been a real game, it's safe to say that he would not have gone 16 for 40 for 112 yards (his numbers projected out over four quarters).
It also needs to be said that the same can be said of his two previous games, when he started out hot.
I know that there is impatience when it comes to finding out what the Redskins have in Campbell. Unfortunately, we won't even begin to know until September 4.
Billy McMullen had a drop late in the first half but he did wind up catching three passes for 53 yards including a 37-yard grab that jump started the Redskins late drive to take the lead. Anthony Mix, on the other hand, watched the game from the sideline, nursing a rib injury. He will have to get in there and make some catches if he's going to beat out McMullen.
Along the defensive line, both tackle Ryan Boschetti and end Rob Jackson appeared to bolster their chances, although the two remain long shots to make the final cut. Boschetti batted down a couple of passes and made two tackles behind the line of scrimmage while Jackson got a sack.
Vernon Fox may have played his way onto the bubble with some shoddy tackling, especially in the Jets' final drive. It appears that both Kareem Moore, who started the game, and Chris Horton are safe. Will Blache want to hold on to the veteran Fox or let him go to open up a roster spot and let Shawn Springs play free safety in a pinch? Justin Hamilton made some solid tackles but he's probably auditioning for another team or to be an injury replacement for the Skins.
I'm not sure that Marcus Mason belongs in a discussion of bubble players any more.
The Winning Drive
I don't want to make a big deal out of something that ultimately is meaningless, but I really liked the Colt Brennan-led drive to give the Redskins the lead. Joe Gibbs would open every two-minute drill with a draw play that would gain eight yards and cost 30 seconds. Zorn went deep and all of a sudden the Redskins were in New York territory after the 37-yard completion.
Then, after the defense was back on its heels, came the draw and Mason made a nice gain. Two plays later the defensive back gambled for the pick and Jason Goode made the catch and rolled in for the score.
--Devin Thomas, the Redskins' top draft pick, did not have a stellar debut and, unlike Campbell, he played a lot. Kelly Jonson on Comcast reported at halftime that Thomas "had his tongue hanging out" as he went into the locker room, and then he played in the third quarter. He did not have a catch; he had a good shot at one but Derrick Devine led him out of bounds. In all, he got a big-time lesson in the speed of the game at this level.
--I noticed that Anthony Montgomery was in the game in the third quarter alongside Boschetti and Jackson. I checked and Kedric Golston did start at defensive tackle. I don't know if this means that Golston has won back the job he had in 2006, but I'll certainly have an eye to see if he starts next week.
--Eric Mangini showed that he is a twit for going for the field goal and overtime with five seconds left. Play like you have to score a touchdown or go home. He got what he deserved.
Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the upcoming book The Redskins Chronicle. You can reach Rich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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