Despite kicking off the preseason on Thursday night with eight starters shelved with various bumps and bruises the Washington Redskins pulled off a 22-21 comeback victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Among the highlights were quality showings by Kirk Cousins and the first-team offense; a late-game touchdown drive and successful two-point conversion from Pat White and the third-team offense; and the impactful return of linebacker Brian Orakpo. Meantime there were a few lowlights too. They included poor tackling a disappointing night for rookie safeties Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas and late-game separated right shoulder to backup linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough. “In the first game what we try to do is find a way to win evaluate a lot of personnel which is what we did today” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “There were some good things and some poor things. We’ll take a look at the things we did poorly and hopefully we can improve on those things. And the things we did good hopefully we can build on that.” Charged with leading the offense with Robert Griffin III still working his way back on his surgically-repaired right knee Cousins delivered. After struggling with consistency in the first two weeks of training camp practices the second-year pro looked sharp and accurate during a 13-play sampling in the first quarter. Cousins completed six of seven passes (the lone incompletion a drop by tight end Logan Paulsen) for 52 yards and a touchdown. Cousins did his best on the second possession. After opening the possession with a six-yard pass to Josh Morgan Cousins then connected with Aldrick Robinson for 15 yards on an out route. Titans safety Bernard Pollard drilled Robinson in the back as Robinson was stepping out of bounds drawing a 15-yard penalty.
Redskins vs. Titans: Starters have ups and downs in 22-21 preseason victory
Washington Post | Aug 9