3-and-out: Redskins-Ravens post game quick hits

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106.7 The Fan Redskins beat reporter Craig Hoffman was in the press box at M&T Bank Stadium as the Washington Redskins took on the Baltimore Ravens for Game 4 of the NFL preseason. He combined his observations with post-game interviews to write his top-three takeaways from this week in football:
The Redskins have completed the preseason with only one major injury, which was close to their sole goal of getting out the preseason with no injuries. After Derrius Guice went down, the team waited until Samaje Perine was hurt before bringing in Adrian Peterson. He played so well in his first game that he didn’t play on Thursday night. Here are some thoughts on the guys that did:

  1. “Samaje Perine fumbled his way off the team” is the exact phrasing to describe what happened on Thursday. Rob Kelley was performing better and then Perine fumbled. It’s essentially his second fumble of the preseason. He lost the rock in New England, but forward progress was called to save him. He had multiple fumbles last season and the ball is simply too valuable in the NFL to fumble. Ball security trumps all, but if you had it to the fact that Kelley looked more explosive in his 11 carries for 49 yards and Perine will not be on my final roster projection. 
  2. The Redskins tackling was dreadful at times on Thursday night. Troy Apke was chief amongst that group in the first half, which doesn’t bode well for the fourth-round pick. He’s just not ready to play in the NFL. His upside might be enough to keep him on the roster right now, but Kenny Ladler’s probably the better football player right now. It’s not a wide gap, and thus I’m not projecting Ladler makes the team over Apke, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Also wouldn’t surprise me if they go after a veteran safety. 
  3. There are some really interesting practice squad candidates for this team. Ranthony Texada had an interception and really nice return. Ladler showed a lot early in camp and has some potential both on defense and special teams. De’Veon Smith ran incredibly well in the second half in his first game action. Jerod Fernandez was a priority undrafted free agent and is buried on the inside linebacker depth chart, but could be a good player one day. These guys won’t get written about again for the rest of the year unless called upon, but deserve a hat tip for coming to work every day knowing they likely won’t make this or any other NFL team this year and working their tails off anyway. Gruden spoke earlier this week about how he wanted to let these guys get some things on tape. Many showed themselves well.

The roster is cut to 53 on Saturday at 4 p.m. After that? Well, the roster might change again. It’s vital to remember that the roster Saturday isn’t necessarily the roster by Monday. By Monday, there will be waiver claims, free agents signed and maybe a trade or two. There will also be a practice squad. Then? Week 1 is finally here.

Stat of the day: Five, as in the number of first downs Kapri Bibbs was responsible for, of the six third-down conversions the Redskins had. All three of his catches were third-down conversions. He also had two monster blitz pickups on the back-to-back second-quarter conversions by Trey Quinn. He’s on the team for me.
Quote of the day: “I thought I did better things in the game, but that’s all anyone wants to talk about,” said Trey Quinn of his viral third-down celebration. “It was fun. It was the first thing that came to mind, I guess. It was really weird. I’m a weird guy. The world saw that tonight. Secret’s out, I guess!”


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