With Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve and Trent Williams on the sideline in street clothes, John Beck’s first start of the season came with a revamped offensive line in front of him.
For the most part, the group held up well. When the Redskins focused on the run in the first half, the line helped the team get 83 yards on the ground. When the Redskins focused on the passing game in the second half, Beck wasn’t sacked a single time.
“There was definitely questions of the new guys coming in,” said center Erik Cook. “I think we all did pretty good. It’s unfortunate that we lost.”
Beck was sacked on the team’s first possession of the game, which resulted in a fumble and a change of possession. On the play, right tackle Jammal Brown was beaten on the outside by defensive end Antwan Applewhite.
The game marked the first career start for Cook, who conceded there’s a lot of room for improvement. He said he failed to identify the Carolina linebackers at times.
“I think it was good,” said the first-year lineman. “I just made some wrong calls.”