Washington Redskins third-string quarterback Rex Grossman and fourth-string quarterback Pat White led a dynamic offense in the team’s 30-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 24 in FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Though the third game of each preseason usually features extended playing time for a team’s starters, top quarterback Robert Griffin III continued to sit out as he recovers from a knee injury and backup Kirk Cousins was also unavailable, nursing a recent foot sprain. Given the starting job for the night, Grossman was impressive; completing eight of 14 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. The 11-year veteran made several quality touch passes, including a deep strike to tight-end Fred Davis and a short touchdown pass to receiver Pierre Garcon.

White, who signed with the Redskins in April after taking two years off from professional football, took over in the second quarter and played the rest of the game. He completed seven of 14 passes for 96 yards, and also used his speed to run for 26 yards and a 14-yard touchdown.

The two backups led the Redskins’ offense to 452 total yards in the 23-point blowout.

“It was good to get a win, whether by 20 points or two points,” White said. “I’m just glad to be a part of the win, and show off my talents in competing against the best of the best.”

The Redskins’ defense had few problems keeping the Bills offense in check after running back C.J. Spiller left the game with a knee injury. Spiller scored Buffalo’s lone touchdown in the first quarter, but came up holding his knee on the same play. Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb also left the game in the first quarter, suffering a concussion after he was kneed in the back of the helmet on a eight-yard scramble.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor