Robert Griffin III had his best showing of the preseason versus the Colts at FedEx Field. It was Griffin’s first home game as a Redskin and he didn’t disappoint. Robert completed 11 of 17 passes for 74 yards and a four-yard touchdown to Santana Moss. The highlight of Saturday’s game wasn’t the play of either quarterback though, it was the coming out of Redskins running back Alfred Morris. With Washington’s top three backs injured or recovering from injuries, Morris got the nod and boy did he deliver.
Morris had 107 yards on just 14 carries with a touchdown. He looked solid and played like he had been there before. Alfred had been featured previously as a “last four in” for the active 53-man roster, but now, clearly, he is a must-have. Morris would likely be picked up as soon as the Redskins cut him, if they were to go that route. Shanahan historically does not put much of an investment into running backs and switches them frequently. With the likelyhood of four running backs being carried increasing, the chances of the Redskins carrying six or seven receiver have decreased.
Niles Paul was taking back kicks and even managed to break one for 42 yards. Santana Moss and Brandon Banks had their shots as well. The question now is who will be cut? Most are assuming that Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, and Josh Morgan and safe. This leaves a plethora of receivers vying for (maybe) two spots. The picture at receiver will become a little more clear after the first round of roster cuts is finished today by 4pm.
More updates on roster moves and Redskins news as they develop today!