5 Young Players Who Stood Out In Washington Redskins Preseason Opener
Five Impressive Young Redskins
While everything that happens in the preseason should be taken with a grain of salt, the Washington Redskins victory over the Tennessee Titans brought out the best in a number of young and talented players for the Redskins.
The Redskins defeated the Titans Thursday night 22-21 after quarterback Pat White led the Redskins on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. He then tacked on the two-point conversion after finding Emmanuel Ogbuehi in the middle of the endzone.
Unfortunately, the Redskins were without Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon and a couple of key defensive players that many would have liked to have seen. However, in their absence, we got to see young and up-and-coming talent make their case as to why they should be on the team at training camp's end.
Whether it was a solid defensive play, a great offensive move or just a solid all-around effort, there were several young players who stepped up and showed out, and the Redskins coaching staff and fans should take notice.
It’s my favorite part of preseason. While the games are pointless and many find them boring, I like to sit back and pick out young players that are flying under the radar. When most fans turn the game off after the first half, I’m just getting settled in to find that next diamond in the rough that could make a huge impact.
In the following slides you’ll find five players that had extra special performances in last nights 22-21 victory. Some you’ve heard of before, others you’ll want to remember their name.
Phillip Merling - Defensive End
While he’s been in the league for four years now, Phillip Merling got a majority of his reps in the second half and thus, he’s on this list. Merling had three tackles, two solo, a sack, a tackle for a loss, a pass deflection and a quarterback hit. He had a nose for the football and did a solid job wreaking havoc on the Titans offensive line.
Roddrick Muckelroy - Linebacker
If there’s one thing that the Redskins are finding at the linebacker position, it’s depth. Last night, Roddrick Muckelroy showed that he only adds to that depth. Muckelroy finished the game with three tackles, two solo. Throughout the second half, Muckelroy kept hustling to the football and was around each and every play.
David Amerson - Cornerback
While he got all of his reps in the first half, David Amerson’s age is what lands him on this list. The Redskins top draft pick this past spring, Amerson had three tackles and a pass deflection. He showed great range and solid coverage skills, and has made the Redskins look smart by selecting him.
Pat White - Quarterback
The Redskins have quite the problem at the quarterback position. They have three quality players that could contest most other starters in the NFL. After the late game heroics that we witnessed from Pat White, the two-year veteran showed that he still has what it takes to make a difference. White connected on five-of-eight passes for 31 yards and carried the ball five times for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Richard Crawford - Cornerback
While Richard Crawford got a limited role last season, he is once again proving his worth this season. Crawford had two tackles, both solo, and two pass deflections, more than any other player last night. In the fourth quarter, Crawford had a nice play on a jump ball in the end zone that he appeared to intercept, but was called otherwise. Even though he didn’t get the interception, he still made a great play on the ball and broke up a touchdown. Crawford is once again proving that he deserves significant playing time with the first teamers.