ES Coverage: Redskins @ Ravens
What's that? Meaningless preseason game? Starters won't play? Most who do will be bagging groceries next week?
I've got just the coverage-team to send...
Hello friends, JimmiJo here, joined by the inimitable one; Spaceman Spiff. Together we will bring you tonight's action.
After all, this IS a grudge match. Battle of the beltways and all. RGIII ready to enact some vengeance on his old squad.
Meanwhile, I am not sure you can argue the roster is set in some key areas like receiver, nor the depth chart in others such as running back. A lot will depend on how many of each position the team keeps. It may also come down to a few who make a convincing case in this game 4.
Chances are there is at least one player on this field that few people have heard of, but whom everyone fan will one day know about. I don't know who he is. But tonight is where many of us will remember seeing him for the first time. He will earn a spot based on what he does this night in Baltimore Maryland.
No inactives in the preseason. But there is definitely food in the press box. Talk soon...
I have been more than entertained so far.
Rob Kelley has run like his job depended on it. Kevin Hogan's sideline art to Simmie Cobbs was worth the drive. And I loved the big plays on both sides.
I hope the second half is even better.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Washington Redskins 30 to 14.
Boy have we seen this movie before.
The Ravens played with more intensity. More cohesion. Hey were more physicality.
Washington seem to come in going thru the motions. They did have some bright spots, especially at the end. But for me; this game stood out more for missed tackles, penalties, and reversed calls by Washington.
Kevin Hogan played the whole game at quarterback. He did some good things. He finished the night…
Hogan had to deal with a lot of pressure throughout. He was having to throw off of his back foot much of the night. Despite this we made some very nice throws. The sideline throw to Cobbs was magnificent.
Not all of his work was positive. Two of is throws resulted in interceptions.
The real subplot was at running back. The rushing cadre featured Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, and upstart De.Veon Smith.
All played well.
In fact, tonight was easily Kelley’s best night as a Redskin. He played with intensity I have not seen before. It was an urgency. I think he did everything possible to make a case for himself.
Kelley finished with 49-yards on 11 carries for 4.45 yards per carry. He logged 2-catches for 14-yards
Perine on the other hand was less convincing. He showed flashes of what he is capable of. He also turned the ball over being careless in the backfield in traffic.
Perine finished with 30-yards on 7 carries with a 4.3-yard per carry average and the fumble.
Smith got in the act, and made a case for himself, if not in Washington then at his next stop. Smith went 42-yards on 7 carries for an impressive 6-yards per carry average. He added a 28-yard reception.
Among the receivers, Simmie Cobbs led with 75-yards on 3 catches, to include the beautiful 38-yard sideline grab. Darvin Kidsy reeled in 5 receptions for 46-yards. Trey Quinn added 43-yards on 3-catches and Kapri Bibbs logged 3-completes for 43-yards.
There will be little time for the players to digest tonight’s effort. Final cuts are Saturday. It will be interesting to see who makes the roster.
I haven’t seen every snap of practice and the preseason. Based on this game, Perine is leaving this weekend and Kelley is staying.
We’ll know soon.
It has been a pleasure covering this preseason. But I am ready to cover a game that counts.
I will go and try to get some audio. Have a good night.