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Redskins Preseason Week 4: Last Audition For Fringe Players

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It’s All Or Nothing For The Fringe Players

The NFL preseason is finally drawing to a conclusion for all 32 teams. This may be a relief to some people who wish that the preseason would be shortened. To others, the preseason is vital for players who are looking for a job to feed their families and chase their dreams. They have the opportunity to audition and showcase their talents and hopefully, make an impression for the current team they play on and other teams around the league. With the new rule, there are no cuts during the preseason until after the final game. This means that this fourth and final game will be the last chance for players looking to make a team. This will be the last audition for fringe players. For Washington, here are some players and things to look for.

Nate Sudfeld Will Lead The Offense

Redskins third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld will get the start and the play the entire last game. He is not amongst the team’s fringe players right now, but it will still be an important game for him. With the uncertainty surrounding Kirk Cousins future at the club, Sudfeld has to be someone who the Redskins can rely on in the future. Last year Sudfeld did well in the final preseason game against Tampa Bay by going 8-for-18 with 72 yards and he also threw a touchdown. He showcased his strong arm and some of the skill set that got him drafted by Washington in 2016. It will be important see how he has improved since then.

The running back position has been an area of emphasis for the team this offseason after Matt Jones lost his starting position during the season last year. They have three backs that they are confident in with Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Semaje Perine. That leaves Mack Brown and Matt Jones out of the picture so far. I expect Brown to get most of the carries in the final game. Last year, similarly to Sudfeld, he was effective, rushing for 149 yards on 19 carries while scoring a touchdown in the process. Also, when Brown gets his touches he looks very explosive and shows decent vision. These are all of the qualities that got him a position on the squad last year.

Matt Jones, whose future looks fairly dim with the Redskins, will also see time in the final game. It is clear that the burgundy and gold doesn’t have room for Jones anymore. This game will be more important for his future with another team or for decent trade value.

Fabian Moreau Needs To Cement His Position

The two position groups on the defensive side of the ball that fans need to pay close attention to are the defensive back and defensive tackle positions. These two still have battles that need to be won with fringe players looking to make the roster. The secondary has played well the entire preseason, depth included. One standout from the first three games has been rookie cornerback Fabian Moreau.

Drafted in the third-round out of UCLA, Moreau has been effective in special teams coverage. In addition, he’s shown effectiveness while playing the outside corner position. He’s shown that he can stick with receivers and disrupt plays. He needs to play well in this game to ensure that he will have a roster spot that he has clearly earned. Joshua Holsey, another rookie, is someone who has to continue to impress the coaches. Last week he also played well and shows how having speed is an important factor on defense. He is one of those fringe players that has to have a good game.

The defensive tackle position will see some changes due to the unfortunate season ending injury that Phil Taylor suffered. This will be a great opportunity for players AJ Francis and Joey Mbu to show the coaches that they can be called upon and answer the challenge. These are both players who didn’t necessarily have a roster spot before the Taylor injury. If they don’t make the team, this can also be a great chance for them to show other teams what they can potentially do for them.