Huskers Stand Out In Redskins Preseason Game
The Washington Redskins carry the most former Nebraska players on their roster. Unfortunately, Adam Carriker is out for the season. Niles Paul is seeking to remain on the team as the third tight end and special teams player. Roy Helu is hoping to remain among the team's running backs. Dejon Gomes looks to hang on at safety. Will Compton is hoping to catch on as a linebacker. Here's an update on how the healthy players fared last night.
Roy Helu didn't appear until late in the game but he made his presence felt immediately. He touched the ball three times and made an impact each time. He returned a kickoff for 13 yards to set up the Redskins at their own 22-yard line. He caught a pass for 14-yards for a first down. He took a handoff for a 30-yard touchdown. Three touches, 57 yards and a score. Not too shabby. He certainly outshined running back Chris Thompson who lost a fumble.
Paul also didn't appear until later in the game, catching the only pass thrown his way for 7 yards. His place on the team has seemed secure both because there's not a tight end behind him making a hard charge and with injuries at receiver possibly creating extra room on the roster.
Gomes stood out but not necessarily the right way. On the plus side he had two solo tackles and two assisted tackles. On the minus side he was whistled twice for personal fouls for hits out of bounds or too high. Unfortunately, this is not unprecedented for Gomes. Injuries at safety keep his hopes of staying on the team alive, but the coaches don't love everything about his game.
Compton tied for the team lead with 3 solo tackles and added two more assisted tackles. He missed an interception. An injury to linebacker Keenan Robinson might give him some hope of catching on, but the practice squad or pickup by another team might be his best hope for staying in the NFL this season since there are a number of players ahead of him.