ORCHARD PARK, NYIn summary: Most of the focus Thursday night in Buffalo was on Robert Griffin III, and rightfully so. But there were a handful of other storylines that unfolded on the artificial turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium.For your fill of RGIII, check out Rich Tandlers wall-to-wall coverage of the rookie quarterbacks professional debut. When youre done with that, come back here for everything else you need to know about the game.MVP: Pierre Garon led all pass catchers with three receptions for 58 yards (19.3 yards per) and the games only touchdown. The first-year Redskin and No. 1 wide receiver also looked to be inbound on the sideline catch he made on the first drive. If he had been given credit for it, Garcon would have hauled in all four passes thrown his way.Offensive play of the game: Admittedly, there werent many offensive highlights. But the nod has to go to Garons 20-yard touchdown reception. On a bubble screen to the left, Garon burst through the line, made a cut and got a crucial block downfield from Trent Williams, who occupied two defensive backs as Garon flipped into the end zone.We definitely needed that, Garon said. The first two drives were a little bit tough but were happy we ended off that third touchdown.Injury update: Speaking of Williams, the Redskins tackle said his left footankle was stepped on during the scoring play. He said X-rays were negative, but he had a pronounced limp as he walked from the locker room to the team bus.I just got stepped on, Williams said. Im fine.Asked if hell practice on Saturday, he added: Well see. It depends on how I feel in the morning. Its nothing serious.Williams was injured making that critical block downfield. Teammate Maurice Hurt was shoved into him from behind.Defensive play of the game: Late in the second quarter and the Redskins leading 7-3, rookie cornerback Richard Crawford made an over-the-shoulder interception of a Tyler Thigpen pass along the sideline. Crawford, a seventh round draft pick out of SMU who has shined through the first two weeks of training camp, returned the ball 16 yards.I used to play receiver, Crawford said, so I have to catch the interceptions.Breakthrough performance: Crawford gets a hat tip here, too. In addition to the interception, he made three punt returns for a total of 42 yards, including a long of 17.Its good just to get the nerves out, just to realize that you can play everybody else, Crawford said. Just gaining confidence, and thats pretty much what I did tonight.What they said: Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams on Griffin: It was pretty obvious they protected him. They did not want him to get hit. Its kind of hard to judge him because I do not thing we saw everything they are going to do with him this year.What they said, Part II: Royster on Griffins on-field leadership: He did well. I was surprised when he actually audibled a play at the right time. I was sitting back there like, You have to change this play. I was surprised that he caught onto it and it actually ended up being a successful play.What they said, Part III: Asked about his flip into the end zone, Garon cracked that he was inspired by the gymnastics competition at the Olympics.I need to work on my landing, though, he joked. I didnt know I was going to do it until I was in the air. Tried to do my little Gabby Douglas.Armageddon avoided: The injuries along the offensive line the unit was minus starters Kory Lichtensteiger, Jammal Brown and Chris Chester seemed to hold the potential for disaster for the Redskins and their rookie quarterback.But thats not how it unfolded. Backups Hurt, Adam Gettis and Tyler Polumbus proved more than adequate against a first team Bills defense. Polumbus was especially impressive against standout defensive end Mario Williams.Accepting blame: Although the official box score CHARGES Griffin with a fumble lost, running back Evan Royster said he should have held onto the ball, despite the fact that the handoff was low.Its tough to say, but Ill take the full blame, said Royster, who bounced back and rushed for 12, five and two yards on consecutive plays to set up Garons touchdown.Full stat line: Linebacker Bryan Kehl had six combined tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and a pass defended.The Redskins return to the field Saturday.
Redskins fans, the following sentence may cause your jaw to drop so hard, it will break through the floor of wherever you are, and maybe even break through the floor below that one, too: Andre Roberts has been a nice role player for the Detroit Lions so far this year.
Is the ex-Redskin, whom many fans dubbed "Dropberts" because he wasn't exactly the most sure-handed receiver to come through town, setting the league ablaze with his performance? No, not even close.
But Roberts has done very well as a punt returner for the 3-3 Lions (his major highlight being an 85-yard score versus the Bears) and, last week, hauled in one heck of a touchdown catch against the Rams.
Here are those two plays (no, the man you're about to see in the two videos isn't someone else who just so happens to be named Andre Roberts. It is in fact the same Andre Roberts who played for the Redskins in 2014 and 2015):
Is the legendary Andre Roberts Revenge Game about to be upon us? It's almost time to find out.
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Last year the Redskins got some quality defensive snaps from Kyshoen Jarrett, a rookie defensive back out of Virginia Tech. He was a valued member of the defense but it appears that his career has been derailed by a severe neck injury.
They may have found another Hokie who can fill at least some of the role that Jarrett filled last year. Third-round pick Kendall Fuller started off slowly as he nursed an injured knee back to health. He was inactive the first three games and then he came in at nickel cornerback in Week 4 and it looks like it will be hard for anyone to push him out of the lineup. Last week, in fact, Jay Gruden said as much.
“I think he’s going to be a nickel here for a long time,” said Gruden. “Yes, we love the way he plays. I love his work ethic.”
This week, Joe Barry was even more expansive in his praise of the rookie and of the program that produced both Jarrett and Fuller.
“You know, I’m going to give Virginia Tech a little plug right here because I said the same thing about Kyshoen Jarrett last year,” said the Redskins defensive coordinator. “He was just very mature, very football savvy, and Kendall is absolutely in the same mold. He is a rookie. He’s obviously young, that’s obvious. But he’s very mature for his age, football mature I’m talking about.”
What does he mean by “football mature”?
“Very detailed, asks great questions,” said Barry. “You know, the biggest thing, playing any position but especially playing DB and specifically the nickel corner, you’ve got have a plan every week on how you attack the guy that you play based on what type of player that is, and usually young guys don’t get that. Usually young guys say, ‘Oh, I get the call, I’ve got to play the call.’ You know, ‘I’ve got to play my leverage, I’ve got to do my job.’ But you learn as you’re in this league, you’ve got to approach every single wide receiver different. And it’s cool that Kendall already understands that.”
Fuller had some good background coming into the NFL. He went to Virginia Tech, know and “DB University” for producing a number of NFL corners and safeties including Fuller’s three older brothers. He has been exposed to NFL-level defensive back savvy since his older brother Vincent was drafted by the Titans in 2005.
Vincent played until 2011. Kendall would be seeing his brother Corey playing for the Lions on Sunday but Corey is on the PUP list with foot injury. Kyle Fuller of the Bears also is on the shelf, sent to IR after getting a knee scoped. So for the time being, Kendall is the only active Fuller in the league. But he carries the benefit of growing up in an NFL family.
“He already really gets it and that’s why I talk about his awareness, his savviness, his instincts, whatever you want to call it,” said Barry. “He has that and it’s really neat.”