4.Washington’s rookies step forward
For most fans of the Washington Football Team, the rookie class was considered a bust after the Chargers game. After the Giants game, the rookies have regained a measure of favor and respect from many of the same fans. The initial reactions were obviously overblown, but lofty expectations should still be tempered down a bit. After all, they are rookies and there is a learning curve.
Sam Cosmi is a second-round steal
Prior to the NFL draft last spring, right tackle Sam Cosmi was ranked about tenth overall in the offensive tackle class of 2021. After two games, he is looking like a major steal in the second round and he is quickly establishing himself as a solid right tackle for the next decade or more.
Jamin Davis drew the ire of fans in game one, but returned to flash in game two. The expectations placed on the former Kentucky Wildcat doesn’t seem to faze him and continued improvement is likely.
- Benjamin St-Juste had a very rough rookie debut against the Chargers, but improved significantly against the Giants.
- Dyami Brown had almost no impact against the Chargers, but he bounced back on Thursday night and produced a highlight reel catch in the first half for a 22 yard gain.
- Tight end John Bates participated in 15 snaps on special teams and had a solid night.
- Camaron Cheesman continues to prove that he is the long-term answer as Washington’s long snapper.
Bonus: Punter Tress Way could be mentioned as a positive after each game. He has been one of Washington’s best players for many years. The previous regime at Football Team Park deserves praise for bringing him to the Burgundy and Gold.
5. Good coaching for Washington
After the first game against the Chargers, we listed the coaching staff as a negative. In the spirit of fair play, we list them as a positive for the Giants game. Washington was facing a tall task in game two and snapping a dreaded losing streak was on the line.
On New York’s first possession, they confidently marched down the field with a six minute drive and it was déjà vu all over again. However, the story does not end there. The Burgundy and Gold continued to battle back and scored with seconds remaining in the first half to take a four point lead. The battle was fully engaged.
There are several plays that the Giants can look at in the second half and realize that there was a chance to put the game out of reach. However, the Washington Football Team took advantage of the miscues and fought valiantly for a difficult victory. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s offense was clicking on all cylinders and Jack Del Rio’s defense had several timely stops in the fourth quarter.
Bonus: The offensive line was rock solid against the Giants. It wasn’t prefect, but 30 points on the board and more than 400 yards of offense is proof positive of a solid effort from the big guys up front.