9 Quick Hit Redskins Observations

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- There's a lot to touch on after the Redskins 24-14 victory of the Raiders.

Week 1: Don't blame rust: RGIII, Redskins straight up embarrassed by Eagles.

Week 2: Give RGIII some time to adjust to being a pocket passer

Week 3: Quit on RGIII if you must, but remember: he's at his best when you count him out.


1) You're being an Alfred Morris fanboy if you don't think Roy Helu is about to impede on some of his carries. Helu is a much better receiver, has more burst in the open field, and occupies the advantage of Mike Shanahan being his head coach. I fully expect Helu to get a minimum of 10 touches per game, from here on out.

2) Robert Griffin III wasn't spectacular in Oakland, but he did more than enough to win the game. More so than any other week, RGIII looked the part of a passer, evading rushers the way Ben Roethlisberger does: standing strong in the pocket. In Griffin's first few weeks he was dazed and confused when rushers were in his face. Now, it seems like he's thinking less and reacting more, a very positive sign.

3) The Redskins weren't shy in trying to utilize the read option. ESPN 980's Kevin Sheehan tweeted the Redskins ran 11 read option plays, accounting for 17 percent of the offense. As long as Griffin is the Redskins quarterback, it's hard picturing the read option formations totally disappearing from the offense.

4) Still,for much of the first half, there was some hesitancy from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. So far this season the Redskinsare calling too many wide receiver screens, and too many throws on three step drops. As productive as Pierre Garcon has been (on pace for 115 catches) this season on short routes, the time has come to open up the playbook. Griffin istrusting himself more athletically and is at best when the play breaks down showing off his flair for improvising. So spread out the defense with deeper routes --think Philly and Dallas last season. Kyle Shanahan should know how to spark this offense by now.

5) I've been hard on Brian Orakpo for his lack of big plays, and well, he shut me up on Sunday. Even if it is the pathetic Raiders, multi-sack games are something tocelebrate. I will say this though: he dropped a surefire interception early on in the game which could have given the Redskins a much needed breather. As long as he's rushing the passer, Orakpo has looked above average in 2013.

6) Now time to praise the guy who has easily been the best player on the team: Ryan Kerrigan. He's slowly become a manchild, possessing strength that rivals some of the top-tier pass rushers in the NFL. His five sacks in four games are the second most in Redskins history -- only behind Dexter Manley's six and a half. The best thing about Kerrigan? He doesn't just sack people On Sunday his forced fumble insured a Redskins victory.

7) Is Fred Davis about to get traded? Both Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul saw burn over one of the longest tenured Redskins. Davis has only three catches this season. It's kind of a shame, because the former USC Trojan has the talent to make big plays. Maybe the Redskins can trade Davis for someone who can return punts and kicks?

8) Maybe it's a good thing, maybe it's a bad thing...but rookie cornerback David Amerson reminds me a ton of DeAngelo Hall. They both roll the dice in coverage,they both will often get burnt, they both trust their athleticism a little too much, but they both will make plays that alter the course of the game. A positive thing going for Amerson is that he's already a more reliable tackler than Hall.

9) The unsung heroes of the Raiders game were both Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield. The pair keyed Washington's effort in stifling Oakland's running attack. Going forward, if Bowen and Cofield play at this level, opponents won't be able to count on gashing the Redskins on the ground.


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