Peterson shows promise, but ‘Skins, Smith sluggish in preseason loss to Broncos

Posted at 10:35 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 00:22:02-04

Running back Devontae Booker of the Denver Broncos. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

LANDOVER, Md. – The second-to-last game on each NFL team’s preseason slate is often referred to as the ‘dress rehearsal’. After Friday’s performance, the Redskins may want to consider a costume change.

Washington was over-matched by Denver Friday at FedEx Field, 29-17.

Newly signed running back Adrian Peterson provided optimism for fans of the burgundy and gold, as he rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries in his Redskins debut.

Running back Adrian Peterson of the Washington Redskins rushes. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

However, quarterback Alex Smith, after completing 4-of-6 passes in his Redskins debut last week vs. the Jets, goes just 3-of-8 for 33 yards on the four drives he engineered.

The Redskins, held without a touchdown until Kevin Hogan connected with Simmie Cobbs on an 18-yard touchdown with 10:44 left in the fourth, fall to 1-and-2 in the preseason. They’ll wrap-up their 2018 exhibition slate Thursday at Baltimore – in a game to be broadcast LIVE on News 3.