Washington Football’s Past ‘Summer Feelings’
Washington had several players who shone through the preseason. OMPP’s Dave Preston names the preseason stars during Jay Gruden’s era.
The rewards season is back!
The lack of a 2020 preseason has forced us to suspend the long-held honor (in our minds) of the “Babe Laufenberg Trophy”. The Dallas Cowboys radio color analyst shined for Burgundy & Gold on three separate stints, but never appeared in a regular season game for Washington.
Indiana’s sixth-round pick was a rookie for the 1983 NFC champions, though he was inactive every game as a third string. He ended his days in DC as a substitute for the 1987 Super Bowl winning team, but was only on the active roster for two games and therefore did not get a Super Bowl share.
Laufenberg also spent time with San Diego (two stints), Kansas City and New Orleans before eventually landing with Dallas. While he appeared in more regular season games (8-7) and threw more assists (144-67) with the Chargers, Laufenberg made his return to the Cowboys and shone on radio and television. television in this city.
But for many fans of a certain age, “Mr. August” set the burgundy and gold standard for the preseason promise: in 1983, he threw for 86 yards against Miami and led the team to his. only score in a loss to a Dolphins team still mad about losing Super Bowl XVII. In 1984, he threw for 154 yards in a win over New England.
He threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns to rally Washington 13 points in the fourth quarter against the Patriots in 1985. Finally, Laufenberg threw for 182 yards to rally the team for 14 points in the fourth quarter of a game against Pittsburgh they ‘d win in overtime (preseason overtime… ugh).
Since then, we’ve marveled at the summer sensations that vanish when local pools close on Labor Day, from Marcus Mason and Marko Mitchell to the late Colt Brennan.
Two years ago, I dived into the excellence of the previous August and put together a list of those who shone during the Jay Gruden era (2014-2019):
2014 : Quarterback Colt McCoy: 73% completion rate for 496 yards and 4 TD (111.6 rating). McCoy came close to becoming the first double winner of the award in 2017.
2015 : Wide receiver Rashad Ross: 25 catches for 266 yards and four touchdowns, although linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat scored 4 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
2016: Running back Mack Brown: 39 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown.
2017: Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons: 15 tackles plus an interception returned for a tournament.
2018: Running back Kapri Bibbs: 106 rushing yards and 119 receiving. Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton was second with 24 tackles.
2019: Perhaps the most difficult run to determine in recent memory as defensive back Jeremy Reaves posted 21 tackles while Montae Nicholson returned a 96-yard interception for a touchdown. Cassanova McKinzy had 2 sacks (and had the coolest name on the list) while wide receiver Robert Davis had only 3 catches, but 2 were for touchdowns over 45 yards.
Should I spend the next few weeks watching the Shanahan and Zorn preseason?
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