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Week 4 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 3, New York Giants 24


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Washington Redskins

The Redskins have put their first-round rookie in the worst spot possible with the lack of talent on the offensive side. He came in today to take over for Case Keenum which was mostly influenced by public pressure, but it backfired on everyone involved. Washington would be better suited handing this team back over to Case just to maintain a level of stability and not wrecking Dwayne before he gets a true shot to run the offense. A lack of talent on both sides of the ball is glaring and the coaching staff should be on the hot seat as well.

New York Giants

Daniel Jones wasn't spectacular but he was effective against a bad defense. Wayne Gallman was a fantasy hit on the back of two scores and a lot of passing game involvement, but he was mediocre as a runner. Both he and rookie Jon Hilliman fumbled, Hilliman's close to the goal line and Gallman's trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter. Sterling Shepard got open at will in the slot and was Jones main man on third down.

Washington Redskins

QB Dwayne Haskins, 33 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 17 - 107 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 23 - 0
Dwayne Haskins had a rough start to his rookie season as he faced the Giants today. Coming in to replace the starter did not erase the issues that Washington is facing weekly. Dwayne was often under pressure, behind schedule on downs, and at times looked lost going through his progressions. He threw a pick-six in the third quarter forcing a pass over the middle. Then added two more interceptions in the fourth quarter trying to make things happen that simply weren't there. His supporting didn't provide much assistance as his skill position players are average at best. If he can't get some form of a run game, it will be tough for him to keep this offense afloat moving forward.

QB Case Keenum, 18 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 11 - 37 - 0 TD / 1 INT
Case Keenum had his worst start to a game this season and it ended with him being replaced. He was wildly inaccurate and continued his bad decision making from the previous game. On the third play of the game he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He also missed Trey Quinn for a potential touchdown on a seam route deep downfield. With a little under 7 minutes left in the second quarter he was replaced by Dwayne Haskins.

RB Adrian Peterson, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 28 - 0
Adrian Peterson wasn't allowed to establish himself in this game as the offense was out of sync all game. Washington was already down by two touchdowns going into the 2nd quarter which minimized the run game. Too many stalled drives and negative game script kept him from being productive. Adrian had eleven carries in this game for less than thirty yards.

RB Chris Thompson, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 4 - 0, Rec: 4 - 56 - 0 (5 targets)
Chris Thompson was the most productive player on offense as he had a combined eight touches totaling sixty yards. His fifty-six receiving yards paced all receivers as well. The offense only managed three points for the entire game and Chris' contributions were minimized by bad quarterback play.

WR Paul Richardson, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (5 targets)
Paul Richardson tallied three catches for less than twenty yards in this game. Paul's one chance at a big play was wiped out as it was intercepted. Nothing was working in the passing game and things got even worse once the offense was turned over to a rookie. With Terry being out, Paul's matchup turned bad as he was lined up with Janoris Jenkins all game.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Kelvin Harmon didn't make an impact at all in this game as both of his receptions totaled less than twenty yards. He was on the field more than usual today as they were down one starter. He did catch both of his targets, but Kelvin is a reserve most weeks.

WR Trey Quinn, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (4 targets)
Quinn was basically non-existent in this game with two catches. He was targeted four times, but all his opportunities came on short passes. Aside from the one deep shot where he was terribly overthrown. The offense went in the tank once it was taken over by Dwayne Haskins.

TE Vernon Davis, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (4 targets)
Vernon Davis was targeted four times in this game but only managed one catch for five yards. Case missed him for a touchdown in the redzone that would have made his final stat line a little more pleasing. He was held in check for the third consecutive week.


New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 31 - 225 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 33 - 0
Jones was solid in his second start, albeit against a weak defense. He was on time on third down, mainly to Sterling Shepard, and he was also good at recognizing the blitz and quickly getting the ball out. Jones had a great sense of when to break the pocket on third down and use his athleticism to get the first down with his legs. His touchdown pass came on a walk-in easy short pass to Wayne Gallman, although pass interference was committed in the end zone on Rhett Ellison on another drive that was capped by a Gallman run instead. Jones underthrew a deep ball that was almost picked and another underthrow was picked by Quinton Dunbar right after he peeled off of his man to pick Jones, accounting for the two interceptions thrown by the rookie. The game was out of hand by the second half and Jones didn't have to push the ball downfield, which capped his fantasy production. There was a long gain to Gallman left on the field when the ball was slightly overthrown.

RB Wayne Gallman, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 63 - 1, Rec: 6 - 55 - 1 (7 targets)
Gallman was more effective as a receiver than as a runner, breaking tackles and running with a good burst in space. He ran the ball with urgency and did hit the hole hard, but couldn't push the pile and was clunky in his transitions. Gallman's hands and adjustments as a receiver were excellent and he could have had one more big gain if Jones was a little more accurate in the second half. His best run came when Washington vacated half of the field and he almost scored, but otherwise he didn't have much success as a runner. He fumbled as the team was running out the clock late in the fourth quarter.

RB Jon Hilliman, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 33 - 0
Hilliman was better between the tackles than Wayne Gallman, getting north south and gaining yards after contact, and making sharp moves to hit holes and find cutback lanes. He was mostly successful as a runner, but didn't see much action after he fumbled close to the Washington goal line.

WR Sterling Shepard, 70 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 23 - 0, Rec: 7 - 76 - 0 (9 targets)
Shepard was getting out at will with good releases out the slot, and came through on an early fourth down on a drive that set the tone for the game. He got a big gain on an end around and was Daniel Jones primary target on third down, usually with good results. He had a good sense of where the first down marker was and should continue to be a primary read even after Golden Tate returns. Shepard even broke a tackle to get extra yards on a slant.

WR Darius Slayton, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)
Slayton wasn't a frequent target and didn't get any play in the deep passing game.

WR Cody Latimer, 27 offensive snaps
Latimer had a long gain on a crossing pattern nullified when he was called for pass interference after running into and pushing the defender covering him in his route stem.

TE Evan Engram, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 54 - 0 (7 targets)
Engram's speed and strength stood out on his long gain after a crossing pattern, but Daniel Jones was too high on Engram's end zone target and Engram didn't really get a chance to show off his gifts very often because the win was comfortable and the Giants didn't lean on the passing game.

TE Rhett Ellison, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
Ellison got the first target of the game and in general played a larger part in the game than expected. He did have the game clinching reception that included a broken tackle and drew pass interference in the end zone, but wasn't much of a factor in the game.