They say the third preseason game is the best barometer of how a team will fare during the regular season…but what if they’re playing their #4 quarterback for the bulk of the game against a team minus its ideal signalcaller and then minus the one they’ve settled for? It’s difficult enough projecting how a team does in January based on its December (witness the Ravens 1-4 finish last year before going 4-0)…can one make sense of an August affair in Landover? No, but that won’t stop me from trying.

Unbeaten! Granted, Detroit went 0-16 after a 4-0 preseason and the last time the Skins won a Super Bowl it was after an 0-4 August. But at least this team looks crisp and sharp in executing on both sides of the football…and there appears to be a depth in the organization that was not there in 2010 when coach Mike Shanahan took over. This is not fool’s burgundy and gold this team is taking into the regular season as it has after other dominating offseasons. If everybody stays healthy, the future is wow.

RG-FREE– #10 did not play Saturday…and that is all. Nothing has changed and he remains on track. Nothing to see, ladies and gentlemen…

Turnoverasaurus Rex Tamed– and they said he couldn’t be domesticated. Yes, he was almost intercepted…but almost counts even less during games that don’t count in the standings. I liked Grossman’s stretching the field (171 yards on 11 completions, roughly 15+ yards per completed pass) as well as his lack of lost fumbles and “inadvertent punts”. After wearing a baseball cap all last fall, #8 is making people forget all about Babe Laufenberg.

Postmaster Pat– if the QB line of succession goes from RG3 to Captain Kirk to T-Rex… it’s almost fitting the Skins 4th stringer and likely practice squad player at best earns the “Postmaster General” moniker. Although truth be told, the PG isn’t even a Cabinet post anymore– you can kick Dick Nixon for that one. White threw for 96 yards while running for 26… scoring a second quarter touchdown. As long as we don’t see him on the field after Thursday, I’ll put my stamp of approval on his preseason.

Mr. Morris saved by the backups– Alfred the Limited ran just 4 times for 16 yards…just enough to get into game shape for the season opener. And it appears as though Roy Helu Jr will be playing the role of Slater this fall– tallying 70 yards on 13 carries against the Bills keeping his yards per carry for August an impressive 5.8 while the injured Evan Royster must feel like the chess kid from the Valley– unable to compete. Keiland Williams (8-52 and a touchdown against the Bills, 5.7 YPC for the preseason) gets to play Screech while rookie Chris Thompson gets the Jessie Stepbrother treatment–he’s intriguing but you don’t know if he’s a 2-episode arc player or an eventual full-time cast member. Just don’t lend him Belding’s car.

Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson– Aldrick notched 4 catches for 61 yards to pace the Skins…including a key 15 yard catch on 3rd and 7 in the first half. While he remains firmly behind the Firm of Garcon, Morgan and Moss…preseason production is encouraging for a player looking to contribute.

Four Tight Foresight– Can you imagine a formation with Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed AND Niles Paul on the field at the same time? Although Paul failed to record a reception, the TE Trio tallied 6 grabs for 85 yards–not bad at all. And a potential defensive matchup nightmare (see New England with Gronkowski and Hernandez recently) on the horizon.

Third is the Word– that you heard. The Skins went 7-17 in moving the chains… with Rex completing 4 of 8 passes (3 conversions) and Pat connecting on 3 of 5 throws (3 conversions). Breaking down the distances: 1-2 on short yardage (<3), 1-3 midrange (4-6 yards needed) and 5-12 on third and long (7+). Fourteen of seventeen third down calls were pass plays. For the preseason, the Skins are 17-41 (41%)… 5-8 short yardage, 6-12 midrange and 6-21 on third and long.

D earns an A– while the offense may be 6 of 21 on third down, the defense has allowed only 7 third down conversions all preseason (7-38, 18%). Two sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries while holding the Bills to just 2-13 on third down…and 155 total yards. Granted, these are the Bills– a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs this millennium. But when your defense ranked 28th last year…you take any sort of encouragement. No matter how ridiculous.

Tracking the Triumvirate II (Electric Boogaloo)– David Amerson notched 6 tackles (4 solo)…Bacarri Rambo tallied three tackles while Chase Minnifield added one stop with one pass defended. Not as thrilling as watching Thomas, Kelly and Davis underachieve–but these are the new Redskins.

Cobra Kai– Mr. Forbath looked like Johnny Lawrence pummeling a fresh from Brooklyn Daniel LaRusso on the beach…connecting on field goal attempts of 21,28 and 53 yards. He also made all three extra points… making him perfect for the preseason. In Karate Kid 2, it becomes known that Ali left Daniel for a “football player at UCLA”…the very school that Forbath attended. Sweet revenge, Johnny…

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