Preseason Game Cap: Redskins at Titans
This is the first of many Preseason Game Caps that we'll be releasing. These are not comprehensive game reviews. Rather, Game Caps are a way to catch up on the key fantasy information that we find in each game. Yes, we watch them all.
The Redskins came out with a lot of their backups. RGIII sat out as expected, but they did show him doing some agility drills in warmups and he looked impressive--driving off of both knees in all directions. It was good to see.
Roy Helu got the early work at tailback. He looked like the same Roy Helu we remember and he ran well--showing the same kind of toughness we saw back in 2011. This definitely adds a wrinkle for Washington as Helu can do some things in the passing game that Alfred Morris can't and was a pretty effective back before Shanahan even had RGIII. Helu is looking like a very strong handcuff option for Morris and Morris owners had better hope he doesn't turn into anything more than that. Helu Jr. has the talent to poach some touches from the lead dog.
TE Fred Davis looked be moving well and that's a big key for the 'Skins and for RGIII. He also found the end zone on a short throw from backup QB Kirk Cousins, who played well as usual. Davis is a quality sleeper at TE right now. We'll have to see if his ADP starts to side now that he's shown good health following his Achilles surgery.
With the exception of Pierre Garcon, all of the receivers were active and all made some plays.
- Leonard Hankerson (4 for 38 and scored on a nice flanker screen from Rex Grossman)
- Josh Morgan (3 for 39)
- Aldrick Robinson (2 for 28)
There was no real separation within the core group competing at split end though Aldrick Robinson did have a drop which was not good to see.
Backup QB Kirk Cousins played solid ball as usual and has the backup job pretty well in hand. He’s good enough where he could be trade bait by next offseason. He could improve several teams at the starter’s spot.
The Titans came out running behind rookie stud RG Chance Warmack and the results were impressive with both Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene ripping off impressive touchdown runs. Johnson’s was particularly impressive with a few nice cuts and typical Johnson burst. Greene, who is a very underrated addition, looked very comfortable in the scheme and could be a steal in drafts at his current ADP. CJ finally has a high-quality handcuff option. That said, with this showing, Greene may move up fantasy draft boards. The big back could end up having flex appeal in 12-team leagues.
Greene also showed of his skills as a receiver, which he rarely gets credit for. Greene is not a Michael Turner type. He has an all-around game. It may not be pretty, but he has some diversity to him.
Kenny Britt was active early on and looked good (healthy) on his one catch. Nate Washington showed good burst after the catch.
QB Lake Locker was not impressive though he did make a few good throws and there was a drop by Kendall Wright. Locker played into the 2nd quarter--after a lot of the starters were gone. He showed his usual penchant for sliding laterally in the pocket, but he did show off his athleticism on a few plays/runs. He’s a work in progress for sure, but the ground game’s success certainly bodes well as it will open things up and make Locker’s life a lot easier than it was in 2012.
Newly signed RB Jackie Battle ran well. He was typically north/south and no nonsense, and we suspect he’ll stick on the roster.
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