WASHINGTON — Anyone who says the fourth preseason game doesn’t matter, doesn’t know Washington Redskins running back Mack Brown.
Brown entered a rain-soaked Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay with 20 rushes for 78 yards. He nearly tripled his preseason yardage in the first half, and counted for most of the Redskins’ offensive production.
The highlight that Redskins coaches will have a hard time overlooking during difficult roster discussions will be his 60-yard touchdown run, the Redskins’ longest offensive play of the preseason:
It’s a keen observation by the @NFL Twitter account, as the play did resemble the Beast Quake touchdown run by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints.
This is the type of play that will stand out for not just the Redskins’ coaching staff, but any other around the league, in case the Redskins attempt to pass him through waivers to the practice squad. This is the type of play that will ensure a 53-man roster spot for Brown on one of the 32 teams in the league.
By halftime, Mach Brown was the No. 2 trending item on Twitter in Washington, D.C., and was also trending nationally.
Brown had a simple salute celebration in the end zone, but the ball ended up in a very special place: the hands of his father Mack Brown Sr., who was holding court in the stands of the mostly-empty stadium:
In order for the Redskins to keep Brown, they will likely have to carry four running backs or make a tough decision ahead of Brown. Matt Jones is hurt, but will start when healthy. Chris Thompson is banged up, but will be the team’s third-down option when the regular season arrives.
Brown is splitting carries tonight with Robert Kelley, who came into the game leading the Redskins with 99 yards through three games. He added another 58 in the first half, part of a dominant Redskins running attack.
Whether or not Brown sticks with the Redskins is still to be determined, but one thing is certain: he has the support of his veteran teammates that are sitting at home watching the game: