Offense:Grade vs. Falcons:C-Comment:The biggest story line, obviously, was the injury to Robert Griffin III. But even before the rookie left the game in the third quarter, the offense was well on its way to its weakest outing of the season.The unit recorded season lows in points (10), first downs (12) and total yards (316). The two turnovers rookie backup Kirk Cousins tossed a pair of picks also were the most in a game this season. Other than Alfred Morris rushing for a career high 115 yards against a weak Falcons run defense, and Cousins 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, there wasnt much to like about the offenses execution.The unit struggled especially on third downs, converting only one of nine opportunities. Two in particular stand out. With Ryan and the Falcons off to a sluggish start, Fred Davis dropped a pass over the middle to stall one drive and Griffin misfired to Moss another the next drive. There were others, but the units failure to snag some points while Ryan struggled cost the Redskins in the end.We make a couple of those plays, just three or four, and keep drives going, you have a chance to have a dominating day, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. We still had an opportunity to win, even with those crazy third down stats as they were.The offense definitely missed Griffins decision-making and versatility in the fourth quarter as it attempted to rally from a 24-17 deficit. Cousins was intercepted on each of the Redskins final two drives. On the first, he attempted to force the ball into double coverage. On the second, the rookie was hit as he released the ball, which sailed over Moss head and into the hands of a waiting Thomas DeCoud.Griffins status Sundays game against Minnesota remains unclear, but if he cannot suit up, Shanahan hinted that Cousins would make his first NFL start.
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.
The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off Week 4 of the NFL preseason with a rainsoaked matchup on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
The game was moved up a day early because of incliment weather and early updates indicate the game is still on, for now.
CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Redskins vs. Buccaneers game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries.
5:30 p.m. — The official kickoff time is set for 8:00 p.m. The radar in Tampa Bay doesn't look to good just two hours out.
Alright be safe my CSN CREW and all involved tonight. pic.twitter.com/dwXVcIafoI— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) August 31, 2016
5:40 p.m. — Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld is getting the start for the Redskins tonight. Having played his college career in Big Ten country, 'a little rain' isn't a concern.
6:10 p.m. — Oh the joys of television ... and cannons. CSNMA Insider JP Finlay still has some things to get used to.
6:20 p.m. — The game is still on as planned, although the torrential downpour in Tampa could potentially force game officials to end the game at the half.
6:40 p.m. — The final preseason game is, for many teams, the final audition for fringe players. As such, 26 Redskins players did not make the trip to Tampa. Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon are just few of the stars who will be watching the Buccaneers' game on TV.
7:20 p.m. — Weather update: THERE IS A LOT OF RAIN.
8:00 p.m. — OK, it's apparently time to play football, which may be a difficult task to carry out tonight. If you're in the neighborhood of Raymond James Stadium, there are plenty of seats still available.
There appears to be MAYBE 300 fans here. It's been raining really hard for hours now.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 31, 2016
8:10 p.m. — The Redskins receive to start the game. Nate Sudfeld is in at QB. Robert Kelley starts at RB with Rashad Ross and Maurice Harris at WR. Logan Paulsen gets the start at TE.
8:15 p.m. — A healthy dose of Robert Kelley to start. He has been mighty impressive in the preseason. WIll he play another series? He probably shouldn't. A position on the roster is all but locked up. The Redskins rushing game looked fairly poor this preseason aside from Kelley.
8:17 p.m. — Redskins first drive stalls. Dustin Hopkins connects on a 47-yard FG. 3-0 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
8:40 p.m. — Mack Brown wants a spot on the roster. The Florida Gators running back ran 60 yards for a TD on the first series of the second quarter. 10-0.
8:45 p.m. — Mack Brown doin' work.
8:50 p.m. — Conventional wisdom suggested that the Redskins running back position would work itself out by the end of the preseason. But as of now it looks like the team could keep Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Mack Brown.
8:55 p.m. — Redskins force a turnover. Deshazor Everett deflected a pass from QB Ryan Griffin and Duke Ihenacho made the grab before the ball hit the ground.
9:05 p.m. — More from Mack Brown. Another big run has Brown at 130 yards on 12 carries.
9:10 p.m. — The fourth game of the preseason is importnat for a lot of reasons. It takes a few games for the catering staff to get on point, too.
Big round of applause for Raymond James Stadium staff. First-team All-Pro press box food. pic.twitter.com/c3yWZxZgbA— Anthony Gulizia (@AnthonyGulizia) September 1, 2016
9:20 p.m. — Mack Brown's dad made the trip and battled the elements to watch his son have a big first half. His reward? The touchdown ball.
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
THIRD QUARTER: REDSKINS 13, BUCCANEERS 0
9:40 p.m. — Roberto Aguayo, the standout Florida State kicker drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, drills a 50-yard field goal to start the third. His preseason has been disastrous up until now. This is a sign things are trending up.
9:50 p.m. — Redskins fire back. Nate Sudfeld finds Rashad Ross fading to the corner of the end zone. Ross hauls in the catch and slides six yarss on his knees in the back of the end zone. 20-3.
10:00 p.m. — Not much to report. We did miss this from earlier. Mike Glennon still has a lot to work on. Woof.
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
FOURTH QUARTER: REDSKINS 20, BUCCANEERS 3
10:10 p.m.— Sudfeld still in the game. Mack Brown is clearly the game's biggest story. The defense has looked solid too, but that may not mean much given the circumstances. But alas, a strong performance thus far.
TAMPA - It's no secret that bad weather is hitting Tampa this week. In fact, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game from Thursday night to Wednesday night in an effort to get in front of the pending tropical weather. While the schedule change may help the teams avoid the nastiest parts of the storm, plenty of bad weather has already moved into Tampa.
From CSN photographer Mitch Tischler live at Raymond James Stadium:
A different view - looking over Tampa Bay:
As of 1 p.m., there are no plans in place to cancel the game, and some of the football operations people involved believe that the game will be fine as the bands of rain space out. Lightning and flooding could lead to a cancellation, however, either before the game or once the action stars.