If special teams standout and backup linebacker Lorenzo Alexander looks faster, well, thats because he is.Alexander, who is transitioning from outside linebacker to the inside, said he shed 20-25 pounds in the offseason so he can keep up better in coverage.I did it because I wanted to be able to run with guys like tight ends Fred Davis and Niles Paul and receivers, I had to be lighter, said Alexander, who is listed at 244 pounds. You lose 25 pounds, probably 40-50 over the last two years, and Im still as strong, so Im keeping that explosion while moving less weight. So of course Im going to be faster.In addition to seeing an increase in his foot speed, Alexander said his body is taking less of a beating from carrying around the excess weight.At the same time, he added, his new weight hasnt hampered him on special teams, where he lines up on each unit with the exception of the field block team. He joked that he dieted his way off that unit.Its not like back in the say when we played Dallas or the Giant and you faced big 330 pound guys trying to hit the wedge, Alexander said, referring to kickoffs. Im just as strong, so I dont think it will be an issue at all.Alexander lost the weight with the help of a dietician and will power.Being disciplined, that was 90 percent of it, he continued. Ive always trained hard but I wasnt really disciplined as far as pushing back from the potatoes and the fried foods. I cut all that stuff out.He does, however, allow himself a cheat meal from time to time.Im an IHOP guy, Alexander said. I love pancakes. I can just go crazy, so I normally have a stack of pancakes, and Im in there just going to work on them.
TAMPA—The Redskins—or two-thirds of them anyway—came into Raymond James Stadium in a driving rainstorm and played a respectable game.
They rushed for 246 yards, played some stout defense, and outscored the Bucs 20-13.
Washington had a two-headed rushing attack with Mack Brown rushing for 149 yards, including a nice 60-yard touchdown run, and Robert Kelley picking up 99 on 16 pounding carries.
Nate Sudfeld went wire to wire at quarterback. His numbers weren’t pretty, 8 for 18 for 72 yards, but he was victimized by a few drops. The rookie’s best play came on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Ross as he showed nice touch and dropped it into the receiver’s hands.
Defensively the Redskins played well. Newly acquired defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins got a sack, Duke Ihenacho picked off a pass, and the secondary did a good job making plays on receivers.
The game was moved up a day due to an approaching tropical storm. The Redskins kept 26 starters and front-line players back in Ashburn and brought only the ones they expected to play. The ones here made it worth the trip.
No injuries reported for the Redskins
FG Hopkins 47
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 5:36
Drive summary: This drive took place almost all on the ground. It was mostly Robert Kelley, who carries five times for 30 yards. But Mack Brown also kicked in two for 13 yards. It added up them getting close enough for Hopkins to split the uprights.
Redskins 3, Bucs 0
Brown 60 run (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 57 yards, 0:58
Drive summary: This was Mack Brown’s show. He lost three yards on first down but on the next play he took the handoff, went off of left guard, broke a few tackles, and outran the defense to the end zone.
Redskins 10, Bucs 0
Grant 38 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 2:22
Drive summary: The Redskins got a short field to work with when Deshazor Everett tipped a pass and Duke Ihenacho picked it off, returning it to the Bucs 18. Robert Kelly ran for six, six, and six yards but after two incomplete passes Hopkins came in for the short field goal.
Redskins 13, Bucs 0
FG Aguayo 50
Drive: 12 plays, 43 yards, 4:37
Drive summary: A pass from Ryan Griffin to Jonathan Krause for 17 yards into Redskins territory. A few plays later the Bucs faced fourth and two at the 36 and Griffin threw to Bernard Reedy for five yards and the first. The drive stalled there and Aguayo came in and got his kick just over the crossbar.
Redskins 13, Bucs 3
Ross 13 pass from Sudfeld (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:39
Drive summary: The drive got jump-started when on third and four at the 31 when Sudfeld tossed one to T.J. Thorpe who got away from an attempted tackled and scampered down the sideline for 41 yards to the Bucs 28. Then Kelly powered for 11 yards to the 17. On third and six at the 13, Sudfeld showed some good touch on a pass to Rashad Ross in the corner of the end zone. He made the grab for the touchdown.
Redskins 20, Bucs 3
FG Aguayo 22
Drive: 17 plays, 81 yards, 6:43
Drive summary: Ryan Griffin finally developed some passing rhythm, completing passes to Freddie Martino and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to get into Washington territory. Rookie Peyton Barber pitched in on the ground with some good running. They worked their way down to a first down at the 11. On third and three at the four Griffin’s pass was incomplete and Aguayo kicked the field goal.
Redskins 20, Bucs 6
Reedy 9 pass from Griffin (Aguayo kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 2:14
Drive summary: Two Ryan Griffin passes to Freddie Martino got the Bucs into Redskins territory at the 43. On third and two at the 25 Griffin went back to Martino for five yards and a first down. A few plays later it was Griffin to Bernard Reedy for the touchdown.
Redskins 20, Bucs 13
Preseason or not, Mack Brown had himself a game Wednesday night.
Just how good was he? He finished with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown, whereas the Buccaneers as a team had 46 yards on the ground total and zero rushing scores.
His performance certainly gained the attention of his teammates, including those who did not travel with the team and watched comfortably on their sofas.
Among those at home was linebacker Mason Foster, who thought Brown was making it look a little too easy out there.
"Childs Play" Mack Brown— Mason_Foster (@Mason_Foster) September 1, 2016
Defensive lineman Chris Baker was certainly pumped up too.
Mac Brown baby lets go #HTTR— Chris Baker (@cbaker92redskin) September 1, 2016
Perhaps most impressive of Brown’s night was his 60-yard touchdown run, especially considering the sloppy conditions from the tropical storm weather.
Guard Spencer Long and safety David Bruton Jr. also chimed in on the performance:
Atta boy Mac! 🙌🏼— Spencer Long (@slong_61) September 1, 2016
Ground Game Strong!! #HTTR— David BRUTON JR. (@D_Brut30) September 1, 2016
And last but certainly not least, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and fellow running back Chris Thompson also gave the youngster some props.
My boy Mack brown Ballin 2night #httr— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) September 1, 2016
We won't hear the last of it from Mack Brown tomorrow 😂😂. But I'm so happy for him balling out like he is tonight.— Chris Thompson (@ChrisThompson_4) September 1, 2016
A total of 26 Redskins did not travel to Tampa Bay for the team’s final preseason game, which meant more than usual members of the burgundy and gold taking in the game watching at home on TV.
Brown certainly put on a show for them, and his performance helped the Redskins put down the Bucs, 20-13, in the final tune up before Week 1.
TAMPA — The Redskins did not bring the entire team to Tampa for their preseason game tonight.
A total of 26 players, most of the team’s starters and top reserves, stayed back in Washington.
They were not going to play in the game, which was rescheduled from tomorrow to tonight.
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Here are the players who did not make the trip:
- 8 QB Kirk Cousins
- 11 WR DeSean Jackson
- 20 CB Greg Toler
- 23 S DeAngelo Hall
- 24 CB Josh Norman
- 25 RB Chris Thompson
- 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
- 30 S David Bruton Jr.
- 31 RB Matt Jones
- 51 LB Will Compton
- 54 LB Mason Foster
- 61 G Spencer Long
- 64 NT Kedric Golston
- 71 T Trent Williams
- 73 DE Ziggy Hood
- 75 G Brandon Scherff
- 76 T Morgan Moses
- 77 G Shawn Lauvao
- 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
- 80 WR Jamison Crowder
- 85 TE Vernon Davis
- 86 TE Jordan Reed
- 88 WR Pierre Garçon
- 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
- 92 DE Chris Baker
- 94 LB Preston Smith
None of the names on the list is particularly surprising with the possible exception of Hood.
He has likely earned a roster spot but his inclusion in the group getting the night off was not expected. We will keep an eye on his situation as we move towards Week 1.