Alex Smith finishes first Redskins drive with points

Brian Tinsman
August 16, 2018 - 9:53 pm

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It is only the preseason, so take anything you see with a grain of salt. Many first-string players are playing. Offensive and defensive schemes are basic. 

But it is still better than nothing.

Alex Smith indeed got his first start as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback, despite the absence of All-Pro left-tackle Trent Williams and top tight end Jordan Reed.

He still managed to complete four of six attempted passes for 48 yards, leading the offense into field goal range and giving them shots at the end zone. He left after the first drive with a 3-0 lead.

On the one hand, he might have collected his first touchdown were it not for a tough drop by rookie draft pick Trey Quinn, who was closely defended by Buster Skrine on the play. Quinn, drafted at No. 256 as "Mr. Irrelevant" got several looks on the drive and also collected a tough catch.

On the other hand, Smith took a good shot from Jets defender Jordan Jenkins on the drive. The play goes down as a QB pressure, but it was still harrowing to watch a solid shot on Smith. 

At the end of the day, all is well that ends well. Smith looked good, made no real mistakes, and will likely see an extended look against the Broncos on Friday in the "dress rehearsal game."

Hopefully, by then, he will be joined by teammates Williams, Reed and more, to give a first look at the starting offense this season.


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