By Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Redskins packed up camp in Richmond, VA on Tuesday the 14th and headed to FedEx Field to prepare for their second preseason game against the New York Jets. Sunday when the two teams met in Richmond for a joint practice a brawl occurred between the two teams near the sideline. The fight got serious and spilled over into the fans that were watching the practice. Redskins’ offensive tackle Morgan Moses went down after a late hit from Jets CB Trumaine Johnson and ended up involving more than 30 players with two fans having to be separated by the police.
D.J. Swearinger, the Redskins safety was involved another altercation that made the defense invoke into a crowd of laughter, after Swearinger faked a punch towards former Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and he dramatically flinched. D.J. Swearinger told reporters after practice that Terrelle Pryor is a sorry wide receiver and the Redskins defense doesn’t have enough respect for him, as they matched Pryor against safeties instead of their cornerbacks. “We gave him safeties to go against and we locked him up” said D.J. Swearinger. Both the brawl and the fake punch incident this game made for must watch TV on ESPN Thursday night, as the Jets traveled to FedEx Field.
1st round pick rookie quarterback Sam Darnold got his first NFL start and the Redskins defense made him look like a rookie. The Redskins 1st round pick Da’Ron Payne made his presence felt as he made an impressive swim move to record a sack on Sam Darnold, during the 1st quarter. The game started with quarterback Alex Smith leading the Redskins for the first time and ended the quarter with a 6 to 0 lead over the Jets. The defense for the Redskins was great against the run as both Alabama products Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne clogged up all the running lanes in the trenches. Robert Kelley started the game at running back, but Samaje Perine came into the game and bounced to the outside for a 30 yard run followed by him limping to the locker room. Samaje Perine is ok and is expected to miss at least one week of action with a sprained ankle. The second preseason game of the year felt like a regular season battle, since the game was tightly contested.
Late in the 4th quarter of the game the wide receiver I have been telling everyone about made a play that saved and ultimately clinched the game for the Redskins under 30 seconds to go in the 4th quarter. That wide receiver is Cam Sims, he made a 20 yard catch over the Jets cornerback on the sideline after a penalty that forced the Redskins to throw the ball deep in order to convert. Kicker Dustin Hopkins came onto the field in position to win the game for the Redskins. Hopkins took the field down 13 to 12 knowing he was already 4/4 on the night and kicked the 40 yard field goal to win the game, going 5/5 in the second preseason game and securing a win against the Jets. The Washington Redskins are now 1-1 and will play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field, Friday August 24th at 7:30pm. The game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Washington and will be the last home game of the preseason.
Keep an eye out for wide receiver Cam Sims. Sims is having a great preseason, as he continues to make a name for himself as an undrafted free agent from Alabama. Roster spots are hard to come by in the NFL, but Cam Sims is going to keep working each practice and preseason game to make the Washington Redskins roster. Sims first burst onto the scene when he caught a 57 yard touchdown catch against the Patriots in their first preseason game. He began Thursday night against the Jets a little shaky when he attempted to catch a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy with his body instead of his hands that resulted in an interception for the Jets defense.
After his impressive game week 1 of the preseason he earned more snaps in week 2 and he took advantage of every snap. He is a rookie trying to make the final roster and I expect him to make more plays and earn a spot on the Redskins roster and okay a key role in the 2018 season. Since Cam Sims is a rookie he will have the opportunity to join the Washington Redskins practice squad if he is cut.