On Thursday night, the Washington Redskins closed out their first perfect preseason slate in 28 years, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-12.
The action was much more one-sided than the scoreboard would suggest, as the Redskins led 27-6 at one point and the defense held the Bucs to just a pair of field goals total.
Redskins touchdowns were scored by three players looking for standout performances, with
For a full recap, let's take a look back at the action as it happened.
The Redskins depth chart is likely set, as
Evan Royster is a different kind of back from the other two. He doesn't have Morris' power and technique, and he doesn't have Helu Jr.'s cut and slash speed. But Royster does have a certain shiftiness that allows him to run laterally at full speed in search of a hole.
Last night, Royster played only into the second quarter, but led the team in rushing with 59 yards on 11 carries, including a 36-yard rip.
Royster closed out that drive with a patient one-yard plunge off tackle and into the end zone:
No. 2: Chris Thompson To The House
Not to be outdone, rookie running back Chris Thompson put himself at the top of the depth chart at punt returner last night, taking it 69 yards to the house.
This was a major game for Thompson, who was in danger of being left off the roster after two preseason fumbles. However, the team needed a playmaker at returner and has found their man:
No. 3: White For The Win
It's still hard to believe that Pat White's NFL line before 2013 (combining preseason and regular season action) was 10-for-25 for 58 yards and an interception. He is barely recognizable in burgundy and gold.
Last night alone, White passed 13-for-22 for 181 yards, giving him a final preseason stat line of 28-for-50 for 330 yards, a pair of interceptions and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The second of those rushing scores happened in last night's contest, as White found no one open and improvised his way to paydirt: