1. Jason Campbell needs a good game. Not to prove to everyone that he's the guy. He is. There's no doubt about that; Todd Collins is a backup. However, Campbell needs to get the world, or at least D.C., off his back. And the coaches need to get him into a better rhythm with their play-calling.
2. Chase Daniel vs. Colt Brennan. Is it real? Yes, it is. That's not what we figured would happen even two weeks ago. But Daniel has closed the gap because he's smart, gets rid of the ball on time and in rhythm and Brennan has struggled. Add it up and there's good competition. Here's the thing: Does Daniel project to anything other than a No. 3? No. Brennan still does. But he needs to make better decisions. He stared down the receiver last week and then hesitated. Bad combo.
3. Brennan also runs harder plays, as he should. That won't exactly prevent Daniel from winning the job because if he's picked up the offense to a satisfactory point now, the coaches can project.
4. Anthony Alridge must show something. It'll be his first chance to play this preseason. He fumbled a lot in training camp, but he has speed. That means: more chances. It would be nice to see he and Dominique Dorsey do a better job holding onto the ball. Dorsey, by the way, needs to20be more patient on the sweeps. His depth behind the fullback was too shallow.
5. Carlos Rogers and Rock Cartwright won't play. No worries about Rock; big worries about Carlos as far as this being a season-long nagging injury. But the only good thing is that the coaches can see Justin Tryon vs. quality players. They don't view him as anything other than a No. 3, even in the future. But he does need to prove he can be that guy. Thus far, he hasn't. Kevin Barnes is not there, either.
6. Players such as Barnes, Cody Glenn and Eddie Williams must do a better job in kick coverage. Same with Alfred Fincher; it's one thing for rookies to struggle in this area, but a veteran should not, especially if he's a backup.
7. Brian Orakpo needs to be tested by the tight ends tonight. Want to see if he's improved his eyes; they've failed him in each of the first two games. Love his pass rush, though.
8. How will the backup linemen fare? Specifically want to see Jeremy Bridges and Chad Rinehart. Keep waiting to see signs of life. And don't judge them against third-string guys. If they're going to be primary backups they should beat them all the time. Last week they struggled against starters and primary backups.
9. How will the receivers fare? If Malcolm Kelly has another good game, then he should be elevated above Devin Thomas. One guy produces when healthy; the other guy does not. The only issue with Kelly is his health.
10. Love Marcus Mason and his hard runs. But Mason's fate lies in special teams. He was cut last year in part because he couldn't make plays in this area. He would be a fourth running back at best, which means he'd best learn to tackle.
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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