Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett rushed to Rambo’s defense after his grasping-at-air moment in a 22-21 preseason victory over Tennessee. Rambo whiffed while attempted to tackle Titans all-pro running back Chris Johnson, who raced 58 yards for a touchdown.
Johnson should have been stopped at the line — Orakpo missed a tackle — and the speedy star has embarrassed safeties with a lot more experience than Rambo, Haslett said. All of that is true, and Rambo impressed in practice throughout training camp. It’s also fact, however, that Rambo is getting schooled by veteran running backs at this point.
Twice against Pittsburgh, Rambo overran plays that resulted in long gains by Dwyer. The Steelers blocked well on both plays, and Rambo’s teammates up front didn’t help him much. As the last line of defense, though, Rambo could be in a similar position often this season. Rambo made a nice play when he knocked the ball loose from Dwyer and the Redskins recovered it.
The draft scouting report on Rambo was that he displayed big-time coverage skills for the Georgia Bulldogs but needed to work on his tackling. Of course, you could say that about many rookie defensive backs. Bottom line, the Redskins need Rambo to tackle better.
Veteran tight end Fred Davis is regaining form after his injury problems last season. Internally, backup Logan Paulsen received good reviews while filling in for Davis in 2012. It seems the Redskins are set at tight end – but watch out for rookie Jordan Reed.
He made some nifty catches in practice during camp and there’s a lot of buzz within the organization about Reed, who is listed at 6-2 and 243 pounds. Reed — who had one catch for eight yards against Pittsburgh — possesses the type of speed and athleticism that could make him a nightmare matchup for linebackers.
Davis also is fast and athletic. With Davis and Reed on the field at the same time . . . well, one could only imagine the possibilities running through the mind of Kyle Shanahan.
The Redskins signed Pat White because they needed a fast quarterback to direct their 50 Series — the zone-read portion of Washington’s college option-style offense — during practice and in games. That’s it. Grossman would be the long-term guy if Griffin and Cousins are unavailable during the season. For the Redskins’ sake, hopefully it won’t come to that.
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