WASHINGTON — The Redskins wrapped up the 2016 preseason with a convincing 20-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday evening.
The field was a disaster, with a tropical storm putting much of Florida into a state of emergency, which likely contributed to the Redskins running the ball 37 times compared to just 18 pass attempts. There were five fumbles in the game, remarkably all lost and recovered by the Bucs, and none of the three quarterbacks — the Redskins’ Nate Sudfeld and the Bucs’ Ryan Griffin and Mike Glennon — could get much of a grip on the football. The two teams combined for just 223 yards and one interception on 61 pass attempts.
But in the sloppy game, three players caught the eye of Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho.
Ihenacho, who caught the game’s only interception after defensive back Deshazor Everett deflected a pass, took to Twitter after the game to single out Everett and two others for their hard work and accomplishments.
Running back Mack Brown racked up a whopping 149 yards on 19 carries, including an electrifying 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Ihenacho wasn’t the only one who perked up at Brown’s run.
Rashad Ross managed just two catches for 16 yards, but one of those catches was a difficult grab in the endzone for Washington’s second and final touchdown. After an up-and-down preseason, Ross was happy to call out those who doubt him.
Everett finished with a team-high nine tackles in the preseason finale, in addition to the pass deflection that led to the interception.
All three players have a chance to make the 53-man roster, but none is a guarantee. Still, it doesn’t hurt having a respected veteran like Ihenacho vouching for you.