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Redskins Recap: Sudfeld And Defense Impress In Win

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Great Performances From Sudfeld And The Defense

The Washington Redskins wrapped up their final preseason game in winning style by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10. There was a lot on the line for players looking to make the team and other rosters around the NFL. Sudfeld and company gave it their all and looked good doing so. Now, they will wait to see what the future holds for them as the coaches have to make the final cuts.

Nate Sudfeld Has Improved

Last year in the final preseason game for Washington, Nate Sudfeld look pretty good completing eight passes out of 18 for 72 yards and a touchdown. Sudfeld was expected to play really well in Tampa this year. That is exactly what he did. Two things that have plagued him in the past were his inaccuracy and indecisiveness. Both of those aspects of his game have clearly improved based on how he performed. What I noticed from Sudfeld was that he was confident and poised in the pocket. He also went through his progressions well and took what the defense gave him. The second-year quarterback was effective in delivering the ball downfield with accuracy and was 9-for-17 on third downs. Overall, he would finish the game going 22-for-33 for 228 yards and got the ball to just about every receiver who played.

What Can Brown Do For You?

Although Sudfeld had an impressive game, he had a lot of help from his receivers and running backs as mentioned. Wide receivers Matt Hazel and James Quick had good games showing great hands by making spectacular catches along the sideline. Hazel seemed to be open all night and help convert some key third downs. He would finish the game with four catches and 60 yards. Quick would finish with 4 catches and 45 yards.

When it came to the ground game, Mack Brown would once again lead the rushing attack as he did a year ago. Brown is a player I think the Redskins should look to use more in the regular season if he does, in fact, get a job with the team this year. I like his vision and cutting ability. There have been times where he has effectively bounced runs to the outside after seeing that the middle had collapsed. In addition, he showed good speed getting to the outside. As a result, he finished with 69 yards on 18 carries.

Defensive Cuts Are Going To Be Hard To Make

During the preseason, it is no secret that the defense has looked impressive under new coordinator Greg Manusky. The coaches are going to have a hard time figuring out who to cut because they, once again, played great in week four. The defense held Tampa to three points the entire game until late in the fourth quarter where they were able to finally score a touchdown. Deshazor Everett made some solid plays early on and looks like a solid option going forward into the regular season. Stefan McClure and Pete Robertson seemed to be all over the field at times. Robertson was constantly applying pressure to the quarterbacks and made tackles in the backfield. When the ball made it to the third level, McClure was either making plays on the ball or making tackles in the secondary. He was able to record four of them.

The two guys who stole the show were linebackers Josh Harvey-Clemons and Nico Marley. They both recorded five tackles on the night. Marley was effective at disrupting run plays and filling lanes so that others could make plays. Harvey-Clemons played the run and pass effectively. He assisted on four tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown. All of these players did what they were supposed to do. They made their coaches job that much harder to decide who to cut. On Saturday their futures will be decided.