Training camp and the preseason offer unique opportunities for players that might not otherwise see playing time. Those that truly benefit for this are undrafted and lower-round drafted players. Tonight will offer a chance for some to shine and some to crumble, under the spotlight. Here’s a list of players to watch and why.
1. Brandon Banks (WR/KR)
Banks has to do well on offense and special teams or he has to take a kick/punt to the house. Some people feel as though he is a lock to make this team, but if Banks struggles or even muffs a kick, he could be on the chopping block in a hurry. Right now the Redskins are looking at several different receivers that could possibly take back kicks, including a former receiver in Niles Paul. Banks likely cannot play himself out of roster contention tonight, but he could secure a spot within the final 53 if he does extremely well.
2. Reed Doughty (S)
The Buffalo Bills are not the Detroit Lions. The Bills have a great running back coming off of an injury and one true threat at receiver. Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams are the projected starters tonight, meaning Doughty is at-best a backup (surprise). Jordan Bernstine, DeJon Gomes, Tanard Jackson and Doughty will be fighting for two spots. If Doughty can play well tonight and maybe even make a key play, he could secure his spot as a backup as the incumbent.
3. Adam Gettis (G)
Gettis was “expected to compete for time at backup guard and center as a rookie”, by the Washington Post Insider. Gettis has a huge opportunity here as a starter. Robert Griffin III is expected to go for anywhere from 10-20 plays, but it could be more. Gettis will have an opportunity to show Mike and Kyle that he is capable. Gettis was the Redskins 5th round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
All three of these players have the potentail to make or break their roster spot tonight. Stay tuned to Riggo’s Rag and follow us on twitter for updates and commentary during the game.