Third-string quarterback Rex Grossman completed passes to nine players in the first half against the Bills. The best news for the Redskins is that Garcon has showed no signs of the foot problem that slowed him last season.
Garcon has emerged as a true No. 1 receiver. Garcon’s speed is a major problem for opposing defensive backs whether in long- or short-field situations. In the first quarter, Buffalo cornerback Stephon Gilmore had no chance against Garcon, who scored easily on a seven-yard slant pattern.
Even after all these years, Santana Moss still has a knack for breaking free from coverage. Moss doesn’t make a big deal out of his film-study work (he’s not the type to pat himself on the back), but Moss is among the best on the team at identifying coverage and locating holes in the secondary. Moss had a 45-yard reception against the Bills.
Morgan and Hankerson could share the other starting position. Entering camp, the coaching staff wanted Hankerson to be more consistent in, well, everything. Hankerson has done enough to remain in the mix for a first-string gig with only one preseason game remaining.
Keep an eye on Aldrick Robinson (four receptions for 61 yards). Offensive play-caller Kyle Shanahan likes big plays. Robinson has the speed to run past people.
On his first play of the preseason, cornerback Josh Wilson, trying to regain form after having shoulder surgery in the offseason, was called for pass interference on a deep pass. Wilson was the team’s best cover corner last season. He has to get enough work to be ready for the Sept. 9 season opener against Philadelphia.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett needs Wilson and fellow veteran corner DeAngelo Hall to help him guide inexperienced players in the secondary. Rookie safety Bacarri Rambo and rookie cornerback David Amerson, also called for a penalty in deep coverage Saturday, are expected to have prominent roles. The loss of second-year corner and punt returner Richard Crawford, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Saturday, means Wilson and Hall will have to shoulder more.
The encouraging thing for the Redskins is that Wilson wasn’t nearly as rusty as he could have been under the circumstances. Amerson has had more good moments than bad in coverage this preseason. In the game, the Bills had 63 yards passing.
Helu has made a strong statement. His reemergence is among the most important developments of the preseason. The roster picture is becoming clearer with only one preseason game remaining. And for the Redskins, it’s looking good.
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