Falcons vs  Redskins First Preseason Breakdown 

Fans got what they what they were looking for as the Falcons defeat Redskins 23-17 in their first preseason game of the 2016 year. 

OFFENSIVE – Matt Ryan and the first unit were a little bit rusty in the first two (only) possessions of the game. Ryan was 0-4 no completions, no first downs. 

Matt Schaub Aldrick Robinson had a helluva night. Schaub 10-15 179 yards two to receiver Aldrick Robinson 47,68 yards.  

Running back Brandon Wilds had a pretty decent night. Rushing for 25 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. 

DEFENSE – Linebackers Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell played great in their first game. Both guys showcased their speed and hitting ability in tonight’s game. Campbell especially showed why everyone around Falcons camp is raving about.. 

Campbell was incredible diagnosing plays….impressive for a guy in his first year. 

Sean Weatherspoon had a very productive game. Had three tackles one big big hit on Redskins running back Matt Jones. 

Special Teams – JD McKissic returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. 

Positives – Falcons back up quarterback position seems to be in good hands should Matt Ryan miss time. 

Linebackers were noticeably much faster, more aggressive than last year. Vic Beasley showed off his spin move, he’s been working hard on getting a secondary pass rush move all off-season. Dan Quinn has his defense flying around and confident in the system. 

Negatives – Matt Ryan and first unit could not get in any rhythm in the first two possession.  I know it’s only the first preseason game, but it was sloppy to say the least. 

I thought Kyle Shanahan could have done a better job of getting Ryan in a rhythm by giving him easy throws, but we’ll have to see next game against the Cleveland Browns. 

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