Jason Campbell didn't get much help from his line, but he also rushed a couple throws and missed a wide-open Marques Hagans. Campbell too often throws high to the small receivers. Todd Collins looked fine; the one near-interception came when he could not step into the throw because the pocket was shoved into his face. Colt Brennan was shaky. His interception came when Hagans slipped and was not physical enough to combat the DB, but Brennan should have recognized that Hagans was not there. He became more tentative after that pick.
Ladell Betts managed seven yards on four carries. Not much to write about here. Marcus Mason did OK on a swing pass. He picked up one blitz, as did Betts, but Mason still worries me in this situation. He's small and gets knocked back easily. It's a problem for him.
Malcolm Kelly made a nice grab over the middle on a high pass from Collins. But he failed to pick up a first down on a third and six, getting five yards. There must be better awareness. Devin Thomas was OK, nothing great. Hagans dropped a pass over the middle. Little guys fighting for spots can't do that. Chris Cooley did a poor job in pass protection, allowing Campbell to get hit on one throw. Fred Davis fumbled on each of his first two receptions. H e has looked good this summer, but that was terrible.
Yikes. The starting left side of Chris Samuels and Derrick Dockery were OK in their two series. No real problems. Center Casey Rabach was fine as well. But the right side will present problems. Chad Rinehart and Stephon Heyer do not do a good job getting off combo blocks and to the linebacker. It allowed holes to close quickly. This was a problem with many of the linemen and in order to create cutback lanes and openings, the combo blocks must work. Rinehart at times did not get enough of the DL before leaving, allowing the DL to make the play. Devin Clark should not play LT. Period. He gets shoved back or beaten or jumps offsides. Everything he showed Thursday is what we've seen all camp. Mike Williams actually was fairly decent. His footwork was fine; he got to the linebackers. He was moved back once or twice, but overall was OK. Will Montgomery was better when blocking one guy than when he had to combo and then get to the LB.
The starters only played one series, but each guy showed something. Cornelius Griffin had one pressure when he beat a one-on-one. Phillip Daniels had one time where he moved the tight end back into the play, got off and made the tackle. Andre Carter was better coming backside and batted one pass when he beat the tackle. Brian Orakpo looked really sharp as a rush end, showing good burst outside. He did well on one stunt, taking a dir ect path to the middle and cutting up to apply pressure. No wasted steps. Renaldo Wynn was a little bit of a disappointment. He didn't do a whole lot and other ends (Alex Buzbee) were more noticeable. Buzbee did a good job with his technique, getting under the pads of the blocker on one rush. Antonio Dixon stood out in the second half. Rob Jackson did nothing to get excited about and seemed to get moved inside too easily vs. the run.
They had problems in coverage, an area that could hurt them all season. Orakpo, good as he was at end, has a lot to learn at linebacker. His first snap could have resulted in trouble as he read run only to see Todd Heap run past him on a route. Fortunately the pass was a screen the other way and he wasn't hurt. But you'd better believe scouts noticed that. He was OK at playing the run; did not string out one run on his first series nor did he get off the block. London Fletcher made a major mistake that resulted in a 34-yard completion to the back. Alfred Fincher whiffed on a jam and was badly beaten by L.J. Smith. They were OK against the run, though too often blocked. Robert Thomas had some nice plays.
Goodness sakes, Justin Tryon. Show up. Like last summer he had a brutal first game (though not as bad). Tryon, as we've worried, can't cover in the slot. He's not physical enough and any receiver with size will present problems, as happened last night. This is where they'll miss Shawn Springs' presence the most. DeAngelo Hall was OK and did a nice job in zone coverage at the goal-line. Fred Smoot was mediocre at safety at best. They are experimenting with this and do like their four-safety rotation, but they want to see if Smoot can handle this role. Again, they miss Springs here too. Smoot took a bad angle on one run, which he admitted. Kevin Barnes was beaten in zone coverage for a touchdown. It looked like he did not get deep enough on the play.
Kind of hard to measure the kicking battle after Thursday, isn't it? The one guy I was disappointed in was Dominique Dorsey. After watching him drop his first punt return in warm-ups, he then dropped the first kickoff that came to him. Can't happen. Robert Thomas made a tackle in punt coverage. The kick returns were mediocre as they're testing how to succeed without more than a two-man wedge. The timing looked off. Hunter Smith was solid at punter, with one bad punt.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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