Derrius Guice– Guice looked completely healthy after suffering an ACL injury in the preseason opener last season. Guice’s 11 attempts for 44 yards were solid, and he had a touchdown that was brought back. Guice and Adrian Peterson together should be a great one, two punch this season.
Defensive Pressure– The Redskins defense was able to put pressure on the Falcons’ quarterbacks all night. Montez Sweat showed consistent pressure as well as Cassanova McKinzy. Greg Manusky will have plenty of options with this defense.
Special Teams– After struggling last week, Dustin Hopkins put on a great performance tonight. 3 for 3 on field goals and an extra point . Tress Way and the punt unit forced two consecutive muffed punts to create 10 points for the offense. The special teams definitely had a bounce back week.
Jordan Reed Injury– Jordan Reed suffered a possible concussion after taking a hit from Falcons safety Keanu Neal. Reed, who has struggled with concussions and head injuries during his career, seemed fine after the play but ended up getting checked after he started suffering symptoms. This will need to be monitored.
Ereck Flowers– Let me start by saying Flowers was not bad overall. However Flowers he had a penalty on a touchdown run from Guice and an blown block on a third down right outside the red zone. Flowers is learning and that’s what the preseason is about but you have to wonder if Wes Martin might be the better option.
Keenum’s Turnover– Keenum played well and showed veteran leadership. However his interception, (changed to a fumble), was just Keenum trying to do too much. If that play doesn’t happen the Falcons possibly don’t score. Those are the plays Keenum must limit in the regular season for the Redskins to be successful.
Finish the Play– The Redskins finished with 19 points but they could have had another touchdown. The Redskins forced a fumble that was picked up by Ashton Lampkin for what should have been an easy return. Lampkin did not secure the ball and it was stripped away and fumbled for a touchdown. Lampkin was a long shot for the roster but those are plays you have to make.
Neal’s Hit– Preseason’s biggest concern is keeping players healthy. Falcons’ safety Keanu Neal had an illegal hit on Jordan Reed. The hit was flagged but that hit warranted an ejection. Those are the hits that no fan wants to see.
One More– With the dress rehearsal over, the next time we will see the starters will be in Philadelphia week 1. The fourth preseason game is usually the game fans like the least. however the fight for the 53 man roster will be on full display. Those fringe players will be giving one last showcase before cuts begin. That makes that game at home against the Ravens more important than people suspect.