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Rookie preview: Tom Compton

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Rookie preview: Tom Compton

Tom Compton
Tackle
South Dakota
6-9, 310The need: Starting tackle Jammal Brown has been dealing with an injured hip ever since he came to the Redskins in 2010. Mike Shanahan has said that he seems to be better this year but that remains to be seen. In any case, an eventual replacement is needed for the 31-year-old Brown. Willie Smith did a nice job filling in for both Brown and Trent Williams last year and it is possible that he and Compton will compete for Browns job next year or, at the latest, in 2014.The fit: Compton is smart, quick and athletic, just the way you draw up a zone blocking O-lineman on the board. At 310 lb., he is not going to overpower anyone but he uses his quickness and intelligence to make blocks in the second level.The depth chart: Trent Williams is the starter at left tackle and, as noted above, Brown is the starter on the right side. Smith filled in for both last year and Tyler Polumbus also played some games there. Polumbus is a utility lineman so Compton might have to bump Smith if he is going to remain on the 53-man roster.Comptons upside: It seems doubtful that Compton could start this year except in the event of a rash in injuries. But, as noted above, he could get himself in position to compete with Smith for Browns job either next year or the year after. It wouldnt be surprising to see Compton spend all or part of 2012 on the practice squad.Shanahan on Compton: Hes got great speed, quickness, what we look for in our tackle. He did a great job in all his agility drills as well as his 40-yard dash. We think he gives us some flexibility to play both sides.Compton on Compton: (on playing either side of the line) I am comfortable on either side. Its one of those things that it doesnt really matter to me. I was hoping that it would add some value to me because I am pretty versatile throughout the line.Previously:G Adam Gettis

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Why Mack Brown's performance makes Redskins' roster choices even more difficult

Why Mack Brown's performance makes Redskins' roster choices even more difficult

TAMPA—Just when it looked like the Redskins had their running back situation settled, Mack Brown put it back into turmoil.

After rookie Keith Marshall was put on injured reserve earlier this week, it looked like the Redskins would carry three running backs in starter Matt Jones, third-down back Chris Thompson, and backup Robert Kelley.

But that was before Brown ran all over a soggy Raymond James Stadium, racking up 149 yards on 19 carries.

Included was a 60-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter Brown found some space up off of left guard, broke a few tackles and accelerated through the secondary and into the end zone.

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But it wasn’t like he didn’t do much outside of the long run. If you subtract the long TD he still averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

“Mack made some big plays. I think he did 'show up',” said head coach Jay Gruden.

Did Mack make a case for the Redskins to carry four running backs? Of course that would mean they would have to trim someone at another position and that’s not something a team can always afford to do. The process of finalizing the list of who stays and who goes will start on Thursday.

“We'll get together with the coaching staff and Scot's staff and we'll figure it out,” said Gruden. “There's a lot of guys who stated there case tonight and I'm happy to see that.”

The fact that they will have to agonize over players like Brown is a good sign.

“The harder these decisions are, the better your roster is,” said Gruden.

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Dominant run game leads Redskins to rainsoaked victory in preseason finale

Dominant run game leads Redskins to rainsoaked victory in preseason finale

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.

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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.

Injury Updates:

No injuries reported for the Redskins

Scoring drives:

First quarter

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      

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Second quarter

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    

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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    

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Third quarter

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    

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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    

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Fourth quarter

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    

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Fourth quarter

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 

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Redskins react to Mack Brown's big night on Twitter

Redskins react to Mack Brown's big night on Twitter

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. 

Defensive lineman Chris Baker was certainly pumped up too. 

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: 

And last but certainly not least, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and fellow running back Chris Thompson also gave the youngster some props. 

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.