2011 NFL Preseason: Quick Slants – Redskins Steelers
Rex Grossman showed he is the man….for the job, at least: Displaying good command of the Shanahan offense Friday night against the defending AFC champions. Mike Shanahan somewhat backed himself into a corner this off-season and might have the most pressure on him coming into this season than any other in his career. He puzzled many by no selecting a QB in the draft and instead relying on Rex Grossman who came with his son (offensive coordinator) from the Texans.
In his three starts last year the Redskins went 1-2 (lost by 6 point points) and Rex threw for nearly 900 yards with 7 TDs and 4 INTs. Much like the end of last season, he relied heavily on Sanana Moss who was targeted 9 times (34x in last 3 in ’10). While I don’t expect them to win the NFC East what I do expect is for Rex to throw for a ton of yards and Santana to be a great value pick in Fantasy Football leagues once again. Watch out for Fred Davis who is looking more like a WR/TE hybrid and is #1 on the depth chart with Cooley already out for a little while.
Camp Competition: One of the biggest competitions is for carries. Surprisingly, the Redskins were able to trade for under-rated Tim Hightower and promptly have put him on top of the depth chart with Torain already injuried. Hightower looked explosive in the run and pass game. This is a great opprotunity for him and the offensive line looked surprisingly coordinated in the opener. Definitely someone to target who will go later than he should. After him on the depth chart the two rookie late round picks will battle for playing time, the fast Helu and Penn State leading rushing Royster as predicted in May.
Mendenhall ready to go: After setting a new career high in carries many have questioned the durability of Mendehall for the 2011 season, especially considering his load in the post-season. From what I saw last night he is no worse for the wear and might even have a chip on his should after that costly fumble in the Super Bowl. Redman reportedly put on an extra 20 lbs, bringing his weight up to 245 but he still looked quick (5-42, TD).
Brown ain’t messing around: Antonio Brown, in his second season, is his first chance to start and looked good while he was doing it. With the more popular sleeper Emmanuel Saunders out with an injury Brown wasted no time getting used to the role catching four passes for 64 yards. Wrote this about him in May sleepers, “Wallace is now a known commodity and teams will send coverage his way to prevent the deep ball. Brown was an excellent playmaker at CMU as a receiver and returner.”
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