When training camp began 2 weeks ago, the Redskins expected a trio of running backs to compete for playing time.After Thursdays preseason opener in Buffalo, a fourth contender has emerged: rookie Alfred Morris.Morris, a sixth round draft pick in April, led all rushers at Ralph Wilson Stadium, carrying the ball 15 times for 54 yards, including three runs that went for six yards apiece. Although the majority of those gains were made against the Bills reserves, Morris performance left Coach Mike Shanahan wanting to see more of the Pensacola, Fla. native.You can see hes got good running skills and hes got that forward lean, Shanahan said after Saturdays practice. Hes got good instincts. Its going to be fun to see him over the next three games, see if he still plays at a hard level.I anticipate he will, the coach added.Last week, Sports Illustrateds Peter King posted a potentially telling comment on his Twitter account the same day he visited with team brass at Redskins Park.Florida Atl rkie Alfred Morris solid darkhorse for RB job, Kings tweet read.Thursdays effort in Buffalo, it would appear, only enhanced Morris chances of posing a legitimate threat to incumbents Tim Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr., who currently occupy spots 1-3 on the depth chart, respectively.Weve got a number of guys that can play in the National Football League, Shanahan said. As each game goes by, well get a chance to evaluate these guys more. But Morris sure didnt hurt himself.At 5-foot-10, 218 pounds, Morris boasts a no-frills, physical, north-south style that sets him apart from the others.You can see he puts his foot in the ground, said fullback Darrel Young, who has tutored Morris on details of the pro game, such as pass protection. A lot of guys cant do that. He can make one cut and get up field, as opposed to rounding a cut off.With five consecutive carries in the third quarter, Morris also displayed the workhorse reputation that helped define his career at Florida Atlantic. On that series, Morris made inside runs for gains of 6, 3, 3 and 6 yards before being stopped for a one-yard loss.It just shows my endurance and my willingness, no matter how tired I am, to play my hardest every single play, Morris said.Although he hoped to have a pass or two thrown his way, Morris said he was pleased with his performance against the Bills.My whole objective was to not make any mental mistakes and did just that, he said Saturday, as he participated in a time-honored rookie initiation, hauling Hightowers shoulder pads and helmet from the practice field to the locker room along with his own. I was able to show a little ability out there on the ground.The film revealed the type of runner I am, Morris added. Im a physical guy, Im a one-cut-and-get-north-south kind of guy. I have good balance, bouncing off tackles and have that willingness to get every yard possible each and every down.If he doesnt make the 53-man roster, Morris would seem to be an ideal candidate for the practice squad.Competition always makes us better, Morris said. With backs like that in front of me, its only going to make me better. Regardless of what happens, whether Im cut, whether they keep me, at the end of the day, if I knew I gave it my all, Ill be able to sleep that night.
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.
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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.
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.