Redskins: Studs and duds from the team’s Preseason Week 1 loss to the Browns
Stud: CB Jimmy Moreland
This is a no-brainer. Moreland had been one of the Redskins’ most exciting players through camp. And on Thursday night, he showed the Redskins faithful just why he has been receiving so much hype.
Moreland had a reputation as a ballhawk during his college days. That has translated directly to the NFL. Against the Browns, Moreland was able to log 6 tackles, 3 passes defensed, and 2 forced fumbles. He was all over the field and any time the team needed a play to be made, he was able to do it.
The two forced fumbles were particularly impressive. The first came on a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Moreland recognized that the play was a run right off the bat, so he came down and attacked the ball head-on. The ball popped out and Cassanova McKinzy was able to scoop it up.
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On the second forced fumble, Moreland was chasing down receiver Ishmael Hyman after Hyman beat Moreland by a step on a route across the field. Moreland was able to strip him at the five-yard line. Jeremy Reaves, who had a solid game, was able to scoop it up and return it a bit before tiptoeing out of bounds.
Moreland still has some areas to work on. He wasn’t perfect in coverage and he did get beaten at times. But, that’s to be expected of a player making the jump from the FCS level. And also, it’s clear that Moreland’s playmaking skills are there, so he could be used in certain packages when the team needs a game-changing play. Either way, it seems that he has locked down a role with the team.
We’ll see if Moreland can progress as the preseason goes along. But at the moment, it looks like he has the potential to be a versatile playmaker for the team’s secondary.