By: Jakob Vaughan
Preseason Week 3
Shortly after the Washington Redskins played the New York Jets, the team made a blockbuster move that all Washington fans had been waiting for this offseason. Like I predicted last week, the Redskins worked out free agent running backs Jamal Charles, Adrian Peterson and Orleans Darkwa. After the workouts, the team decided to sign veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who played for the Saints and Cardinals last year.
The move was a surprise as many people across the league thought that AP should retire. After signing with D.C., Peterson told the media that he wants to help them win a championship and prove that he can still play at a high level.
Later in the week the Redskins played the Broncos AP started after only having a couple of practices under his belt. Adrian Peterson surprised and proved multiple football fans wrong after his first run he busted it to the outside and cut up field making multiple defenders miss him. AD or AP whatever nickname you would like to call him, Adrian Peterson doesn’t care he rushed 11 times for 56 yards looking like he still has plenty in the tank left to give to the Redskins organization. AD was impressive running all over the Broncos tough defense and looking very rested and elusive. After the game Adrian Peterson addressed the media and said the team could have given him another 15 carries and he would have been fine and that his legs felt great. AD has had more success in his career behind a fullback, but h says that he prefers the one back set that the Redskins have, since it fits him well. Even though the Broncos defeated the Redskins Friday night 29 to 17, the Redskins defensive line continues to improve and come together more and more each week. Veteran leader in quarterback Alex Smith says he is very confident the Redskins will be well prepared for week 1 of the regular season when they face the Cardinals. Head coach Jay Gruden said “the most important thing for us is to get to Arizona healthy”.
After the Broncos game the Redskins made some roster changes and moves as they signed quarterback Connor Jessop with Colt McCoy hurting with his thumb injury and then they cut WR Allenzae Staggers. In all of my previous articles I have been very high on rookie undrafted wide receiver from Alabama Cam Sims. He has impressed all offseason and has made a name for himself in the preseason. He is fighting to make the 53 man final roster at the beginning of the regular season and Sims has done enough in my opinion to make the final roster and bring young talent to a mediocre wide receiver core. Cam Sims did get on twitter and tweeted Saturday morning at 2:39am with the simple message of “Blessed” many are saying that it was him shining light on his roster spot. If he is to make the 53 man roster you heard it here first all summer I have been a supporter and fan of Cam Sims to make the official roster of the Washington Redskins. Another story to keep a close eye on is that it may seem everyone was excited about the Adrian Peterson signing, but running back Rob Kelly is not the happiest about the team’s decision. Rob Kelly has a strange feeling of needed to impressive AD and the coaching staff now. He has a since of urgency to take the starting running back position, make the final roster and not be traded or cut. The Redskins back field is already crowded and with the addition of a starting running back in Adrian Peterson the running back room could get smaller if Ad continues to impress and show he can handle the workload.
Preseason 4/Cut Day
The Washington Redskins faced their I-95 interstate foe in the Baltimore Ravens for their preseason finale. Ravens defeated the Redskins 30 to 20 and finished their preseason undefeated with a 5-0 record as Washington finished with a 1-3 record. During the final preseason game a lot of players that were on the bubble of making the 53-man roster played their hearts out, but not all of them made the roster. The NFL cut day was this past Saturday, September 1st. Some Ravens news that made a lot of Redskins fans happy is that former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made the Ravens 53-man roster and will be the backup quarterback for Joe Flacco. The Redskins signed 8 players to their practice squad including preseason standout running back Kapri Bibbs.
The other members of the practice squad include:
WR Simmie Cobbs Jr.
TE Matt Flanagan
WR Darvin Kidsy
DB Kenny Ladler
LB Cassanova McKinzy
T Timon Parris
DT JoJo Wicker
Some notable cuts the team made were:
S Quin Blanding
QB Kevin Hogan
WR Brian Quick
DT Phil Taylor
The team also placed RB Bryon Marshall on injured reserve with the designation to return this season.
The news I was waiting on all day was the news on undrafted rookie WR Cam Sims from Alabama, if he would make the 53-man roster or not. I have been very high on him as a player for the Washington Redskins as I have been preaching he has a lot of young talent that can help contribute to the active roster this upcoming season. Almost every article I have written this summer has included Cam Sims performing in the preseason. The news of the team releasing WR Brain Quick, who has had a good NFL career so far caught me by surprise and gave me hope for Cam Sims to make the roster. As 4pm came on Saturday and the team announced their 53-man roster, WR Cam Sims named appeared among the other wide receivers on the active roster. Cam Sims will prove to the organization that he was worth the gamble, if injuries do occur or he is given playing time I’d watch out for him in fantasy football.