WASHINGTON — The rookie linebacker — and possible eventual safety — was all over the field Thursday night.
Su’a Cravens, the Redskins’ second-round pick out of USC, made tackles, knocked down passes and generally made his presence felt throughout the Redskins’ 21-17 preseason-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
His play generated plenty of buzz, and he had perhaps the most impressive game of any Redskins player.
Cornerback Josh Norman specifically mentioned Cravens after the game for his activity on the field.
The best part was watching some of the guys that went out there on the field, some of the young guys that got to play, like Su-Cray out there everywhere. I was like, ‘Man, you can play a little bit, can’t you?’ It was kinda cool to see him fly around out there.”
Norman was one of many to be impressed by the 21-year-old.
The rookie was evidently pleased with his own debut, as he took to Twitter in the aftermath to relive the game.
His comments after the game, per the Redskins team website, reinforce that belief.
“It was a good first game,” he said. “Definitely got the tweaks out of it being my first game, the crowd and things like that. I think I did pretty good during my first game, obviously I made a couple mistakes but overall I think I did alright.”
“I’ve been practicing against my teammates for the last couple months so I haven’t really got to hit anybody,” he added. “So the first chance I got I wanted to make a statement, try to really take a hit out on them. Luckily I got him, he tried to jump over me and I didn’t think he was going to do that.”
It was one preseason game, so the hype machine must be held in check, but it was certainly a reassuring first taste of NFL action for the rookie.