Redskins.com recaps Saturday night's 27-14 preseason loss to the New York Jets before 65,000 at FedExField
#### Revealing Moment:
The Redskins had just scored its first touchdown of preseason--courtesy of Rock Cartwright's 1-yard touchdown run--to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. Derrick Frost kicked off short to Leon Washingto, who collected the ball at the 13-yard line. The rookie out of Florida State returned it 87 yards for a touchdown, giving the Jets the lead right back.
Redskins Play of the Game:
#### Redskins Player of the Game:
Jason Campbell's evening began with disappointment when he tossed an interception on his second pass of the game. He responded to lead a 6-play, 52-yard drive that included a 15-yard pass to David Patten and a 20-yard pass to James Thrash. Overall, Campbell was 6-of-13 for 83 yards, and his QB rating was a lowly 35.1, but the stats don't reveal that the second-year quarterback displayed progress and showcased a strong arm on several throws.
Redskins Unsung Hero:
Jimmy Farris is the classic unsung hero. He'll do whatever is asked of him, be it special teams coverage, return kicks or wide receiver. On Saturday, he saw significant action at wide receiver in the second half, and he ended up with five receptions for 65 yards, both team highs. Did Farris do enough to make the team? He still would seem to be a long-shot, but he might push James Thrash for a roster spot. (Thrash, incidentally, had a key 20-yard catch in the game.)
#### What Went Right:
-- It's evident that fullback Mike Sellers will be getting some carries in Al Saunders' offense this season. Sellers had three carries for 26 yards in Saturday's game. Who would want to tackle this 6-3, 278-pound behemoth?
-- After struggling last week against Cincinnati, cornerback Kenny Wright rebounded with a solid performance against the Jets. He logged four tackles, to go along with his sack of Patrick Ramsey. He remains positioned as the Redskins' primary nickel cornerback heading into the season.
-- The Redskins' safety tandem was a force early in the first quarter. Sean Taylor stripped wide receiver Jerricho Crotchery of the ball on one play, forcing a fumble that was eventually recovered by the Crotchery. Later, Adam Archuleta was unblocked as he blitzed Patrick Ramsey to record a sack.
What Went Wrong:
-- Trickery fooled the Redskins again. Last week in Cincinnati, the Redskins' defense was fooled on a flea flicker. On Saturday against the Jets, it was the wide receiver reverse. Wide receiver Brad Smith took the ball and raced around right end for a 61-yard touchdown run. You can bet that Gregg Williams will get after his secondary for their overpursuit.
-- Special teams will almost certainly be a focus in practice this week. Along with Leon Washington's 87-yard kickoff return, the unit allowed a 47-yard kickoff return to Justin Miller.
-- The Redskins' quarterbacks have thrown five interceptions so far this preseason. On Saturday, Jason Campbell and Todd Collins each had one interception. That's an alarming trend.
#### What's Next:
First and foremost, check on the status of defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin. Initial reports indicated his knee sprain was just a minor injury. "Nothing serious," Joe Gibbs said. Secondly, the Redskins travel to New England to take on the Patriots next Saturday night. The third preseason game is typically when coaches give the first-teamers the most work. So if you want to get a read on how far along the Redskins are, that's the game to watch. The Patriots, one year removed from a Super Bowl championship, will be a tough opponent, though.
The Redskins' defense allowed 216 rushing yards to the Jets, but yielded just 91 yards passing.
"There will be some positives. I'm sure some guys did some good things. You can analyze it that way, but I'm concerned about the team. You've got to play good as a team, and we're not doing that. I don't think I could pick any one segment of our football team. We don't like to play like that at home. It starts with me and it goes right through the whole football team." --Head coach Joe Gibbs
Time to get concerned? Joe Gibbs seemed plenty concerned in his post-game press conference, but that might have been his way of sending a message to his players to start getting serious. So hold off on the worrying. While the first-team defense has played solid, the first-team offense has not had much of a chance to develop a rhythm in preseason contests. Give it time--there are too many playmakers on offense for the unit to struggle.