Redskins: Studs and duds from the team’s Preseason Week 2 loss to the Bengals
Stud: Josh Harvey-Clemons
Many viewed tonight’s game as an opportunity for Redskins fifth-round rookie Cole Holcomb to prove himself. After all, projected starter Shaun Dion Hamilton was set to miss the game, so Holcomb would hypothetically have a chance to play a bit more.
However, Holcomb didn’t play in the contest. He was held out for precautionary reasons as he nursed a sore shoulder.
But that was no matter. Josh Harvey-Clemons played in his place. And Harvey-Clemons’ play was very, very strong.
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Harvey-Clemons was all over the field on Thursday night. He ended up leading the team in tackles and showed solid abilities in coverage as well. He finished the game with eight tackles and showed some toughness as well, gutting through a knee injury that he suffered partway through the game.
Moving forward, Harvey-Clemons could have a real chance to earn a starting role with the squad. His performance tonight was that impressive. The converted safety has a lot potential thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame and after two strong preseason outings, he certainly should be in the conversation for a starting role. Perhaps if he shows well in the third preseason game, he could continue to start along with Jon Bostic, as that tandem looked good on Thursday.
The Redskins linebacker battle is shaping up to be the most interesting one on the team. The third week of the preseason should do a lot to determine the various roles that the young ‘Skins will have this season at that position.