Redskins.com’s Andrew Walker takes a closer look at Thursday evening's brawl with the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Forget the fact that the Washington Redskins' starters on offense and defense weren't playing in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Why? Because the game meant just as much to the team's player personnel folks and coaching staff, who got the chance to see the Redskins' second and third teamers compete for an entire game for a final chance to make the final 53-man roster.
By 4 p.m. Saturday, the team must trim 22 players from its current 75-man roster. With competition at virturally every spot for the Redskins -- especially at running back, wide receiver, defensive line and in the secondary -- Thursday's game certainly had an intense attitude for "just another preseason game."
And when the clock struck 0:00, the Redskins came out on top, 24-10, at Raymond James Stadium.
With the win, the Redskins improved their preseason record to 3-1.
You could tell this game’s meaning to some players from the opening kickoff. Rookie Zach Hocker’s opening kick was fielded by the Buccaneers’ Solomon Patton about four yards into the end zone. Redskins rookie safety Akeem Davis sprinted down the middle of the field and took on two Tampa blockers at full speed, creating a hole for his teammates to rush in and stop Patton at the Buccaneers’ 17-yard line. Plays like that by Davis are the reason why the Redskins believe their special teams will be much improved this season, but it also showed, from the start, just how bad Davis wants to continue his Redskins career past this game.
PLAY OF THE GAME
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Quarterback Colt McCoy hasn’t had many chances in the past couple years to play an entire game, but that’s exactly what he did Thursday night against the Buccaneers. McCoy, a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2010, completed 22-of-29 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns. He even got a nine-yard run in the second quarter, utilizing the pump fake to open up the field and escape down the sideline for a first down. McCoy is listed as the team’s third-string quarterback and will likely stay there after Thursday night’s game, but he proved he is a valuable asset for fellow quarterbacks
Lache Seastrunk did not catch a single pass in his senior season at Baylor in 2013. On Thursday night, he caught his first pass as a member of the Redskins from McCoy and took it 80 yards to the house for a third-quarter touchdown. Seastrunk showed off his home run capabilities on the play, juking a couple Tampa Bay defenders near the line of scrimmage, and then turning on the jets and going untouched the rest of the way. Seastrunk, like
With the final auditions now in the books, the Redskins player personnel staff and coaches have just a couple days to decide who makes their final 53-man roster.
By 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, the Redskins must cut their 75-man roster down to 53, and then by noon Sunday – after the claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction passes – the team will put together its 10-man practice squad.
Then the team turns 100 percent of its focus to the Houston Texans – their Week 1 opponent Sept. 7 in Houston.
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