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Jason Campbell wants to keep a good thing going

Jason Campbell wants to keep a good thing going


This just in: Jason Campbell is hot.

The Washington Redskins' fourth-year quarterback enjoyed another sharp, productive appearance on Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills. On his team's second possession he led a 12-play, 53-yard touchdown drive. Actually, the drive covered 73 yards in 14 plays as the Skins had to overcome a pair of 10-yard penalties.

In any case, Campbell was on target and in rhythm. He hit Antwaan Randle El in stride, giving the receiver an opportunity to turn upfield for 19 yards on a third and five. On second and 18 he found Ladell Betts on a little outlet pass, hitting him in good position to get some yards after catch to pick up 12. A third and six at the 14 was no problem as Campbell fired a pass into James Thrash to set up first and goal at the four.

In rhythm. On target. In charge. In control.

Yes, it is just the preseason. August games are vaporball; recollections of them become vague 48 hours after they're over.

The fact that the games are unimportant, however, does not mean that what happens in them is insignificant. And here is what is significant about Campbell playing well:

It's easier to stay sharp than it is to get sharp.

If a quarterback is clicking and his confidence level is high, he can just keep on doing what he's doing. He's looking for ways to refine efficiency of the offense.

If the performance is uneven, you are struggling to try to fix things. Some of what you try might work, some of it might not.

Success breeds success; struggling leads to more struggles. In both cases, there are ripple effects emanating from the play of the quarterback.

Since the importance of everything a quarterback does is magnified, the significance of him performing well from the get-go increases exponentially. If he's throwing to the wrong spots and misfiring even when he goes to the right place, nobody else can get in the flow of things. Everyone's progress stalls until the quarterback gets it together.

Still, as good as things may look right now, there is a long way to go before the games that do count start. Things could come unglued in a hurry for a variety of reasons including injury.

But if you're Jim Zorn you have to like what you've seen so far. Having to figure out how to keep a good thing going is a good problem to have.

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Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

All signs point to the Redskins starting Arie Kouandjio at left guard this weekend against the Eagles, and the coaching staff knows it's a big chance for the second-year man.

Incumbent starter Shawn Lauvao injured his groin last week against the Cardinals, and has not practiced all week. Assuming he doesn't play, this would mark Kouandjio's second start this season. He also got the start against the Browns in Week 4.

Washington coach Jay Gruden did not speak glowingly of Kouandjio's play against Cleveland, but it wasn't a negative review, either.

"He’s played one game, he played OK," the coach said. "He has another great opportunity for him. He’s waited his turn, done what’s asked of him. Practiced hard, played hard, and it’s a great opportunity.”

With center Spencer Long currently in concussion protocol and backup John Sullivan started to go in the middle of the Redskins offensive line, the group will have a number of new faces against the Eagles. The right side of the line, with guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses, will be the same as its been all year, though both of those players are nursing ankle injuries. 

"We have confidence in the guys that if some of those guys that are backups need to step up and be ready to roll," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. 

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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