Late round draft picks only get one chance to make a first impression and rookie Richard Crawford made a strong opening argument for a spot on the Redskins roster Thursday night in Buffalo.Crawford notched a tackle, a drive-extinguishing interception and defended a pass, building on a strong first two weeks of training camp thats already opened eyes on the coaching staff.Its important to just to play well every time youre out there, Crawford said outside the visitors locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium. But especially a guy like me, a seventh rounder.The 22-year-old also returned three punts for a total of 42 yards, including a pair of 17-yard run backs and an eight yard return.I actually do a pretty good job of looking downfield before I get the return and feeling who is around me, Crawford said. I knew I had room. My returning is rule is: always make the first guy miss and make something happen, and thats what I did.Crawford is a versatile 5-11, 188 pounder out of SMU who boasts sure hands, decent speed and a strong work ethic that has endeared him to coaches.Listed on the Redskins most recent depth chart as the No. 3 left cornerback behind DeAngelo Hall and Cedric Griffin, Crawford is slowly progressing from training camp hopeful to a player solidly in the mix to earn a roster spot.Hes competing with Brandyn Thompson, David Jones, Travon Bellamy and Morgan Trent for a backup cornerback job.Im just trying to improve and learn from D-Hall, Josh Wilson, Ced, anybody I can, even Brandon Banks with the returns, Crawford said. Any way I can learn and get better, I will.
TAMPA - Originally scheduled for Thursday night, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game to Wednesday night in advance of approaching Tropical Storm Nine. All the coverage starts on CSN at 7 p.m., and despite this being the last exhibition game, there is plenty to watch.
- Talk about the weather - This game was moved up 24 hours in a plan to get the Redskins out of Florida safely. Expect heavy rain to dominate the action; here's a preview from NOAA.gov website, "South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible."
- How to move the ball - Many offenses are weather-proof, but few offenses are Tropical Storm proof. If the weather is significant enough - and most forecasts call for significant rain - it will be tough for either offense to move the ball, especially considering both offenses will be guided by mostly third-stringers. It will be tough for coaches to truly evaluate what happens Wednesday night if the weather is as bad as some predictions.
- Roster crunch - The Redskins cut veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea on Tuesday. That means good news for the newly-signed Cullen Jenkins as well as Terrance Garvin. Jenkins has been with the team less than a week, so it will be interesting to see if he even dresses for Wednesday's game. Garvin is a player that should play in Tampa, but it will be interesting to see how much the staff puts him on the field.
- Su'a show? - Most 2016 draft picks will play Wednesday in Tampa, though we know first-round rookie Josh Doctson will not play against the Bucs. What about second-round pick Su'a Cravens? After a strong training camp and preseason, Cravens is obviously part of the team's plans this fall. He figures to be on the field a lot when the games matter, so will Cravens be on the field when they don't?
- Keeping it real - Coaches will say all the right things about this game being about competition, and players will do the same. But considering a large portion of the Redskins team won't even make the trip from D.C. to Tampa for the fourth preseason game - due to weather - will the guys in Florida be truly ready for the game? It's such a unique situation that it's impossible to predict.
Stay with @JPFinlayCSN all day for updates -weather and otherwise - from Tampa. And tune into CSN @ 7 p.m. for live coverage from Raymond James Stadium.
The Redskins' final 2016 NFL preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been moved a day earlier and will be held on Wednesday, August 31.
Impending incliment weather in the greater Tampa Bay area forced the NFL and the teams to schedule the game a day earlier.
Here is everything you need to know about the Redskins' Week 4 preseason game against the Buccaneers.
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Who: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What: Week 4 of the 2016 NFL Preseason
Where: Raymond James Stadium. Tampa, Fla.
When: 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, August 31
TV Channel: CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: NFL.com Game Pass
Radio: Redskins Radio Network (Frequency Finder)
Washington Redskins 2016 Preseason Schedule:
Week 1 (Thurs., 8/11): at Atlanta Falcons (25 - 19 L)
Week 2 (Fri., 8.19): vs. New York Jets (22 - 18 W)
Week 3 (Fri., 8/26): vs. Buffalo Bills (21 - 16 W)
Week 4 (Thurs., 9/1): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET only on CSN Mid-Atlantic.
The Redskins liked rookie running back Keith Marshall, and the team gave the former Georgia Bulldog every chance to make the roster.
Ultimately he did not get that chance, as an elbow injury will land Marshall on the injured reserve.
Marshall sustained the injury in the team's third preseason game against the Bills. Even before the elbow injury, Marshall failed to capitalize on the opportunity to backup Matt Jones.
In games against the Jets and the Falcons, Marshall struggled to gain much ground and eventually he slid behind Robert Kelley on the team's depth chart.
For now, it appears Kelley is a lock for the Redskins 53-man roster and Marshall heads to the IR.
Scot McCloughan and the 'Skins also made two other roster moves to get the squad to the 75-man limit following this morning's release of veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea. Tight end Derek Carrier was moved to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list and rookie WR Reggie Diggs was waived with an injured designation.
Carrier's move to the PUP list was expected, and Diggs had little chance to make the roster as an undrafted receiver even before an injury limited his training camp.