Seahawks defensive player to watch: CB Richard Sherman

January 3, 2013

Cornerback Richard Sherman leads Seattle with eight interceptions. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

How he beats you: A second-year pro, Sherman leads the Seahawks with eight interceptions and 24 pass breakups. At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, he has above-average size for a defensive back and plays with a physical style. His long arms and strength come in handy on press coverage; he jams defenders at the line and works to disrupt them. 

“He’s just a wiry guy. He’s always draped on you, or doing something extra,” said receiver Santana Moss. “He’s one of those guys you get up for because you know that he’s going to bring that competitiveness out of you. You consider him one of the best because of how he plays.”

How to stop him: The Redskins receivers say they can’t let Sherman, and his size, affect them. They know he will challenge them on every play, but their aim is to run routes precisely and bring great effort to compensate for whatever size they may give up to the corner.

“You have to have very precise routes, and great angles coming back to the ball, and attack the ball,” receiver Josh Morgan says. “This is one of those games where all the little things matter.”

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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Mike Jones · January 3, 2013