Battle of backups: Redskins top Buccaneers 30-3
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Lots of big numbers in the final preseason game for Brandon Banks, a player on the bubble as the Washington Redskins prepare to make their final cuts.
A 47-yard catch. A 43-yard run. A 22-yard punt return. Of course, there was also a bobbled punt, a botched handoff and a dropped pass in Wednesday night's 30-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Yet Banks claims he won't be anxious on Friday, when NFL rosters must be trimmed to 53 players.
"Naw, I think I put enough on film that I'll still have a job somewhere," Banks said. "If not here, somewhere else."
For what it's worth, the game proved that the backups from the consensus last-place Redskins are much better than the backups from the consensus last-place Bucs. With head coaches Mike Shanahan and Greg Schiano resting nearly all of their offensive and defensive starters, the players further down the depth chart vied for jobs before a modest crowd.
"I left it all out there," said Tampa Bay receiver Tiquan Underwood, who had six catches for 82 yards and has been cut six times by other teams since being drafted in 2009. "I'm just leaving it in God's hands and in the coach's hands. I went out there and played my heart out."
Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster returned from injuries to account for all three of Washington's touchdowns. Helu ran for 90 yards and two scores after missing two games with a sore Achilles, while Royster ran for 44 yards and a TD after missing last week's game with a sore right knee.
No. 2 overall draft pick Robert Griffin III was declared the Redskins starting quarterback before training camp, so the Heisman Trophy winner ran with the other inactive first-teamers on the field before the game. He then watched fourth-round selection Kirk Cousins play into the third quarter and complete 15 of 27 passes for 222 yards and an interception.
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