St. Louis Rams offensive player to watch

SAM BRADFORD


(Jeff Roberson/AP)

How to stop him: Although Bradford has good mobility, he doesn’t have the greatest protection from his line, and so bringing the pressure is key. The Rams have surrendered 11 sacks in three games, and Bradford has completed only 50 percent of his passes while tossing two touchdowns and throwing one interception. He also has four fumbles (three of them lost) and had only seven all of last season. The Redskins likely will try to disguise coverages and work to confuse the second-year pro as much as they can to keep him from getting comfortable and developing a rhythm.

Bottom line: The Redskins know better than to underestimate Bradford, so expect an aggressive gameplan from Jim Haslett. The biggest way the Rams can help ease the pressure on Bradford and try to keep Washington off-balance is to get the run game going. But running the ball has been a challenge with Steven Jackson (who burned the Redskins last season) banged up and limited to only six carries and 79 yards in two games this season. Cadillac Williams has received the bulk of the workload (50 carries, 202 yards), but he is nursing a hamstring injury. So, without healthy horses and a reliable line, that could be a challenge. Could be a long day for Bradford & Co.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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