Film Session: Sweat and Haskins were impressive in Week 3

Ben Krimmel
August 27, 2019 - 10:54 am

Men lie. Women lie. And, despite the popular belief, statistics lie all the time.

But what about the game tape?

How well did the Washington Redskins' two first-round draft picks, linebacker Montez Sweat and quarterback Dwayne Haskins, perform in the Skins' preseason Week 3 game vs. the Atlanta Falcons? 

Well, the film can certainly be deceiving to the untrained football eye, but thankfully, NFL analyst and former player Brian Baldinger is here to explain what exactly we are looking at from an expert standpoint. 

Baldinger shows sweat playing in the Redskins' 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker and as a defensive end in a 4-3 front. 

Here is how he broke down Sweat's performance during the 26 defensive snaps he took in in Atlanta:

Overall, Baldinger said Sweat showed good use of his length to disrupt the Atlanta offense but struggled to maintain the edge and to find the football at times.

"I thought he showed up and he got better and better as the game went on," Baldinger concluded. "I think he's going to be a player in no time, but he's got a lot to learn."

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Haskins, who finished last Thursday night with seven completions for 74 yards on 13 attempts, didn't win the Week 1 starting job. (That went to veteran Case Keenum).

But that doesn't mean Haskins didn't show signs of why the Redskins made him the 15th overall pick.

The rookie QB took about 30 snaps for the Redskins vs. Atlanta and was impressive, "but mostly, it was a night of near-misses," Baldinger says of Haskins. 

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He adds Haskins had a real chance for two touchdown passes on balls which, it could be argued, better WRs make catches on.

A promising performance in Week 3. 

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