Washington Football Team: 5 negative takeaways from loss to Chargers

Washington CB Kyle Fuller (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Washington LB Jamin Davis (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

4. The Rookies Fall Short

Let’s be honest about one aspect of Sunday’s game.  The rookies played poorly.  Very poorly.  There were some positive moments, but the rookie class of 2021 is off to a poor start, but it’s only the first game and there is plenty of football left to play in 2021.

  • Jamin Davis – He had two tackles on the day and had little to no impact.

The Washington Football Team Rookies Will Improve

  • Sam Cosmi – He had some good moments, but Chargers defensive end extraordinaire Joey Bosa made Cosmi look like, well, a rookie.
  • Benjamin St-Juste – He had the toughest day of any rookie for Washington.  Fans on social media bemoaned the loss of former cornerback Jimmy Moreland.  BSJ had a very poor opening game, but we’ll see what he will do this season.
  • Dyami Brown – Brown had plenty of reps, but most of his passes were short routes and wide receiver screens.  The play calling limited his impact on Sunday.
  • John Bates – He played two snaps and had no impact to talk about.
  • Sammis Reyes – Reyes was inactive
  • Jaret Patterson – He had one impressive run called back due to a holding penalty.
  • Dax Milne – He was on the field for two plays.
  • Camaron Cheeseman – The Cheese Man had a solid debut and his efficient snapping led to three field goals and an extra point.
  • Shaka Toney – Toney was inactive on Sunday.

The rookies need some work and the experience they gain along the way should help in their development.  We hope to see improvement from Davis, Cosmi, St-Juste, and Brown in the coming weeks.

Bonus:  Brandon Scherff could be in his last season with the Washington Football Team, especially if we see more mistakes from the Pro Bowl right guard.  A holding penalty and false start came at a critical moment in the game.