The HoustonÂ Texans won just two games last season, but their defenseâs front seven may pose as formidable a challenge as Washington will face all year â with linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft, added to a unit thatâs anchored by two-time Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt.
It will fall on every member of Washingtonâs offense to nullify theÂ Texans’ attack. That means not only a stout performance by the offensive line, but also blocking help from tight ends, a steady dose of running by Alfred Morris and a quicker release by quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was sacked four times in his 10 offensive series during the preseason.
Washington tight end Logan Paulsen welcomes the challenge.
âItâs exciting, to go against the best,â said the 6-foot-5, 261-pound Paulsen. âYou want to see where youâre at, and this is an opportunity to do that. It is a little scary, but itâs also an exciting opportunity for this team to show that weâre here.â
Watt, a 2011 first-round draft pick who recently signed a $100 million contract extension that made him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, has started all 48 games in his career, recording 36.5 sacks, forcing eight fumbles and recovering six.
âHe is a special guy,â Paulsen said of Watt, expressing a sentiment that was echoed by nearly every offensive lineman in Washingtonâs locker room. âHe can do a lot of stuff for them and is very athletic for how big he is, which is something a lot of people overlook â his athleticism.â
The 6-1, 266-pound Clowney has played just two preseason games, so the Redskins have little footage to go on, apart from his heroics at South Carolina. But thatâs impressive enough to get any football playerâs attention.
âEveryone knows heâs a freak athlete,â Paulsen said. âThose guys can pose problems for you if youâre not careful. But those guys are good players, but weâve got good players on this team, too.â
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