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OLB Lorenzo Alexander reminded us not to forget about him as a pass rusher. He kept his right shoulder low in turning the corner and getting under the tackle for his third-quarter sack. We didn’t see such quickness often from Alexander last season.

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On an unrelated note, Alexander tweeted after the game his frustrations about how the new kickoff rules are limiting his value as one of the Redskins‘ best cover guys. I feel for him because coverage is how he has earned a living for the last few years.

The Redskins seem content just booting the ball through the end zone right now. Four of their five kickoffs were touchbacks on Friday, making it nine out of 10 on the preseason. But the one that Indianapolis ran out, the Redskins stopped at the Colts‘ 13. It’ll be interesting to see whether special teams coach Danny Smith mixes up his approach during the regular season and has the kicker hang balls high and drop them at the goal line, expecting the coverage team to pin the opponent inside the 20.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith has something cooking that he doesn’t want to show in the preseason.

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Reserve OLB Rob Jackson had another quiet game. I expected more of a pass-rush presence from the three-year veteran, but that hasn’t happened. He hasn’t shown the explosiveness he did against Jacksonville last December. I’m starting to wonder if that Jaguars game was an aberration, but there’s still time for him to get going.

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Seventh-round rookie NT Chris Neild gets an ‘A’ for effort for battling constant double teams in the second half. I’m not convinced, however, that he’s quick and strong enough to deserve a roster spot. He consistently was pushed back two or three yards, and as we saw last season, that causes the defense to fall apart. Colts backup C Jamey Richard pancaked Neild on one run. Perhaps the practice squad is the appropriate place for Neild to land in a couple of weeks.

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OLB Brian Orakpo got off a block to make tackles on separate plays Friday. This was one of his biggest weaknesses last season, and he has significantly improved. On a first-quarter screen, he was quick enough in space to slide inside and around rookie first-rounder LT Anthony Castonzo. Later, he disengaged from TE Dallas Clark to stop RB Joseph Addai for 3 yards.

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Rookie S DeJon Gomes thrived around the line of scrimmage for the second straight game. Redskins‘ coaches have simplified his responsibilities as he tries to grasp the mental requirements of playing safety, and near the line he can just go get the ball. Gomes hit QB Dan Orlovsky on CB Brandyn Thompson’s interception. Before that, he burst forward in run support and tackled RB Javarris James for a 2-yard gain.

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