Studs and duds from Commanders Week 2 preseason loss to Chiefs
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders are now 0-2 in the preseason after falling to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Saturday afternoon. In the simplest of terms, it wasn’t the performance Ron Rivera and Co. were hoping for. If this was a regular season game, the Chiefs would’ve blown the doors off Washington.
That’s how much the Commanders’ starters were out-played.
Of course, just because the team as a whole disappointed doesn’t mean some players didn’t shine bright in hostile territory. Let’s bring back the postgame studs and duds from last year and highlight Washington’s best and worst performers.
Commanders studs and duds from Week 2 preseason loss
Stud: Brian Robinson
A fitting first-time stud, Robinson got the start after his eye-opening preseason debut and continued running hard. He was treated like a starter and came out after the second-team, which included Antonio Gibson, entered the game.
Like Week 1, the Chiefs needed multiple defenders to wrestle Robinson to the ground. The third-round pick out of Alabama manufactured consistent positive yardage even when he had minimal room to work with and finished the afternoon with 31 yards on eight carries for a respectable 3.9 yards per attempt.
Dud: Kam Curl
This will likely be the only time Curl will show up as a dud. However, the ever-consistent safety was picked apart by Mahomes in the first half. Curl was unfortunate to give up a touchdown to Jody Fortson, as Mahomes went scorched earth on the play, but he gave up a long third down earlier in the drive.
Better days are ahead for Curl, who was one of Washington’s best defensive performers last season, but Saturday was a rough day at the office.