Evan Royster had a golden opportunity to make an impression last night, and boy did he make one. Royster had seven carries for 21 yards and one huge fumble. The fumble itself was only on the second drive of the game, but every single play is a big one when you’re trying to secure a spot on the depth chart. Robert Griffin III, however, has little to worry about after his performance. Griffin complete four of seven passes for 70 yards and a touchdown to Pierre Garcon. The important thing is that Griffin remained healthy. He appeared to have total control over the offense and also seemed poised in the pocket.
The surprise of the night, much to the dismay of Royster, was running back Alfred Morris. Who is Alfred Morris? Here’s a quick bio.
Morris was a sixth round pick out of Florida Atlantic University in this year’s NFL Draft. He’s 5’9″, 219 pounds, and runs a 4.6 4o-yard dash. The biggest asset to Morris is his low center of gravity. He runs almost in a hunched position. Alfred went for 54 yards on 15 carries against second and third teamers. He’s got a lot of upside, being a rookie, and seems to now be a threat to the established trio of Hightower, Helu and Royster. It’ll be interesting to see where he fits in.
The un-surprise of the night was Brandon Banks. Banks was given multiple opportunities to make plays on offense and just couldn’t get it done. It also didn’t help that every kickoff went out of the endzone. In all, Banks only amassed seven yards on two receptions. Banks still has a decent shot to make the team, but he didn’t help his case for playing receiver, against Buffalo.
Overall, everybody remained healthy and the Redskins’ first team offense and defense looked good. This game went about as well as possible. Now, on to Chicago!