4 Downs: Redskins-Titans takeaways

Football is back and the world is a better place for it. Here are 4 Things  I noticed from the Skins Titans game.

1. Kirk Cousins continues to progress

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Cousins arm looked live and he remained poised in the pocket in the face of pressure. Cousins took a few shots after getting passes off. It is a trait (among other traits) that separates ok from good quarterbacks in the NFL and should make Cousins a bunch of money… And Mike Shanahan look like a very wise man.

2. Competition outside: CB

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Competition is a good thing to have in training camp. The Redskins young corners played well against Tennessee. David Amerson played physical and came close to baiting Jake Locker into an interception. Chase Minnifield showed some of the skills that had him regarded as a second round pick before micro-fracture surgery. Richard Crawford had a near interception and had a  solid evening in coverage.

3. Competition outside: WR

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Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson are fighting to make the roster. Both may be on thin ice if they fail to catch the ball, block well, and finish routes with effort/YAC.

Desmon Briscoe and Lance Lewis appear to be hot on Robinson and Hankerson’s tail. Briscoe is a holdover from last year who needs to finish plays and possibly impact special teams to make the roster; Briscoe had a shaky night, seeing few targets and dropping a pass. Lance Lewis had a gorgeous adjustment on a 50/50 ball that was called back due to a illegal formation penalty.

Josh Morgan had a quiet but solid night. He showed good effort, finished plays, and looked a bit more explosive than last year. The DC Native is the clear favorite to start opposite of Garcon again this year. His progress should continue to be monitored as well.

4. Run Fits in Haslets 3-4

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Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene gashed the Redskins for long TD runs Thursday night. Although they were missing some starters, Haz could not have been pleased with those two big runs. The 3-4 is built to stymie the run and teams like the Steelers rarely give up big runs like that, preseason or not. I would keep an eye on this next week against the franchise this defense is meant to resemble: Pittsburgh.

Next Up: Steelers- Monday, August 19th @ 8:00 PM EST. TV: ESPN

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