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Washington Redskins v Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 11: Aldrick Robinson #19 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this reception against Quinton Dunbar #47 of the Washington Redskins at Georgia Dome on August 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Falcons were 23-17 winners over the Washington Redskins in their first in game action of the year. To focus on the game in its entirety is pointless because the preseason is not about the overall team performance but about individual performances as such I want to take a look at the three players whose performance stood out in this game.

Aldrick Robinson:

Robinson spent the first three years of his career in Washington and last year out of football. With the need to impress in mind Robinson had 3 receptions for 118 yards. He averaged 39.3 yards a reception with a long of 68 and with 5 targets for the game had a RR of 60%. He showed great ball awareness down field and ran crisp routes. For a team looking for a fourth receiver I think Robinson catapulted himself to the top in that position battle.

Matt Schaub:

The need for a reliable backup at quarterback can never be understated. Schaub has experience in the Falcons system playing for Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during his days in Houston. His familiarity with the system showed as Shaub looked sharp in a 10/15 for 179 no touchdowns but more importantly no interceptions and QB rating of 107.4.

J.D. McKissic:

McKissic returned the second half kickoff 101 yards, was not touched and showed great speed, on the run back. Furthermore on the next kickoff he received he listened to his teammate who told him to take a knee. A rookie like McKissic is generally looking to chalk up a highlight reel and the fact that he didn’t try to add to it after he ran one back was impressive to me. He also showed good vision on the one punt he fielded and good speed as he brought it back for 14 yards

While I did say the preseason isn’t about overall team results but personal performance nonetheless Dan Quinn should be happy with his teams overall performance as the Redskins never climbed back into the game until the fourth units were on the field.

 

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