Instant analysis: Redskins 22, Titans 21

Instant analysis: Redskins 22, Titans 21
August 8, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Kirk Cousins: It's a constant learning process

NASHVILLE--Two minute drill: With Robert Griffin III in uniform but on the sidelines, all eyes were on Kirk Cousins. 

And the second year quarterback did not disappoint in Thursday’s preseason 22-21 win over the Titans over the Titans at LP Field. Cousins, the Redskins’ interim starter while RG3 works his way back from a knee injury, completed 6 of 7 pass attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown.

More important, Cousins looked comfortable, in command and capable of leading the Redskins in the event Griffin is not ready Week 1.

Cousins is expected to play more in the second and third preseason contests, but he certainly got off to the strong start Coach Mike Shanahan wanted to see from him. 

The 24-year-old capped the Redskins' first scoring drive with a three-yard pass to Fred Davis in the back of the end zone. Cousins finished the drive 4 of 4 passing for 36 yards. 

After the touchdown, which put the Redskins ahead 7-0, Shanahan pulled Cousins, 13 snaps into the game.

Upon further review: Aldrick Robinson had some great moments, and some not so great ones. The 24-year-old, who was recently singled out for praise by RG3, finished with 2 receptions (on six targets) for 28 yards, including a nice grab along the sideline that was upheld after a video review. But his effort was marred by a dropped pass in the second quarter. Without a single defender within five yards, Robinson failed to haul in a perfectly-placed ball from Rex Grossman. 

Asked to evaluate Robinson’s camp, Coach Mike Shanahan said last week, “Well, what you like is consistency and if you take a look at Aldrick, everybody knows what type of speed he has. Can he make the big play? I think everybody has seen that, but for him to really step up his game, he’s got to be consistent.”

On Thursday, he wasn’t.

What everyone will be talking about tomorrow: With rookie defensive backs David Amerson, Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas in the starting lineup, the Redskins might have caught a glimpse of their future in the secondary. And, as one might expect, it was a mixed bag.

Amerson showed flashes, nearly picking off Jake Locker on the first pass he ever faced in the pros. Rambo got turned around badly on a 58-yard touchdown scamper by Chris Johnson, who faked Rambo outside, then turned inside before pulling away. Rambo was later flagged for unnecessary roughness after pushing Shonn Greene out of the end zone after the running back had scored. Thomas, meantime, gets an incomplete grade after leaving the game early with a foot injury.

Injury report: Thomas’ pro debut was indeed short lived. Late in the first quarter, the rookie strong safety suffered shoulder (right) and foot (left) injuries as he tackled 5-11, 233-pound Shonn Greene. First, the Redskins announced that Thomas was questionable to return because of the shoulder. A few minutes later, the team said he would not return because of the foot. Replays seemed to show Thomas’ foot getting caught underneath him after his awkward collision with Greene.

Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth left the game with a hamstring pull, while Jeremy Kimbrough suffered a right shoulder injury just before the two-minute warning.

Up next: The Redskins will not practice Friday. Their next practice is Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond. The session is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

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