Rookie Hask­ins leads Red­skins past Fal­cons

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Charles Odum

Rookie quarterbac­k Dwayne Hask­ins led Washington to three sec­ond­half scor­ing drives, in­clud­ing two set up by At­lanta’s lost fum­bles while at­tempt­ing to field punts, and the Red­skins took a 19-7 pre­sea­son win over the Fal­cons on Thurs­day night.

Case Keenum played the first half at quarterbac­k and lost a fum­ble which helped the Fal­cons lead 7-6 at half­time.

Hask­ins, the first-round draft pick from Ohio State, com­pleted 7 of 13 passes for 74 yards in the sec­ond half. Colt McCoy, Washington’s third con­tes­tant in the quarterbac­k com­pe­ti­tion, is still re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken right leg suf­fered in 2018.

Washington run­ning back Der­rius Guice ran for 44 yards in his first game since a knee in­jury in the 2018 pre­sea­son ended his rookie sea­son.

Keenum com­pleted 9 of 14 passes for 101 yards but his lost fum­ble when sacked by Dead­rin Se­nat set up a sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down for At­lanta. Takk McKin­ley re­cov­ered the fum­ble and ran 17 yards to the Washington 33. Ito Smith’s 5-yard touch­down run gave the Fal­cons a 7-3 lead.

At­lanta’s Matt Ryan played the full first half in his most ex­tended play­ing time of the pre­sea­son and com­pleted 9 of 14 pass for 74 yards. He was per­fect in the first quar­ter, when he com­pleted each of his eight passes for 60 yards.

Vet­eran backup Matt Schaub was held out as Danny Etling be­came the lat­est third-string quarterbac­k to play in the pre­sea­son. Matt Simms was held out with an undis­closed in­jury. Simms was signed af­ter Kurt Benkert was lost with a toe in­jury.

The Fal­cons signed Etling last week af­ter he was re­leased by New Eng­land. Etling’s lack of fa­mil­iar­ity with the Fal­cons play­book showed as he strug­gled to move the of­fense in the sec­ond half.

The Fal­cons suf­fered their 12th straight pre­sea­son loss since their pre­vi­ous win, on Sept. 1, 2016, against Jack­sonville.

Spe­cials teams mis­takes helped extend the Fal­cons’ los­ing streak. Rook­ies Mar­cus Green and Olamide Zac­cheaus lost fum­bles in­side the At­lanta 20 when try­ing to field punts in the third quar­ter. Each turnover set up short Red­skins scor­ing drives led by Hask­ins.

Green’s lost fum­ble, re­cov­ered by Washington’s Trop Apke, set up Sa­maje Per­ine’s 3-yard scor­ing run for a 13-7 lead.

Zac­cheaus couldn’t catch Tress Way’s next punt, and the re­cov­ery by Robert Davis set up Dustin Hopkins’ 23-yard field goal. Hopkins also made field goals from 48, 29 and 40 yards.

At­lanta’s Gior­gio Tavec­chio, who missed two 42yard field goal at­tempts in last week’s 22-10 loss to the New York Jets, was wide left on a 39-yarder in the first quar­ter.

Red­skins: TE Jor­dan Reed left the game in the sec­ond half with a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion. TE Matt Flanagan (hand) was listed as ques­tion­able in the fourth quar­ter . ... CB Fabian Moreau (an­kle) and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (chest) did not play.

Fal­cons: TE Jae­den Gra­ham (knee) was de­clared out in the sec­ond quar­ter. CB Taveze Cal­houn was helped off the field and then carted to the locker room in the fourth quar­ter with a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion. DT Justin Zim­mer (foot), FB Ricky Or­tiz (an­kle) and DT Ra’Shede Hage­man (neck) were listed as ques­tion­able. will re­turn home to play Bal­ti­more in its fi­nal pre­sea­son game next Thurs­day night.

Fal­cons: At­lanta will con­clude its five-game pre­sea­son sched­ule when it vis­its Jack­sonville next Thurs­day night.

Fal­cons de­fen­sive end Adrian Clay­born (99) tack­les Red­skins quarterbac­k Case Keenum (8) dur­ing the first half an NFL pre­sea­son foot­ball game Aug. 22 in At­lanta.

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