Members of the Washington Redskins’ defense say they know their task will be formidable Sunday in Green Bay when they face Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“He’s a great player,” safety Brandon Meriweather said. “He’s one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He might be the best. But he’s a great player. He’s one of the guys you can’t make many mistakes against. …He can run. He’s shifty. He’s got a great arm. He can make every throw. He trusts his receivers. He’s got a good running game now. It’s everything.”
Meriweather was one of several Redskins players to speak respectfully of Rodgers this week.
“Obviously Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in this league, can make all the throws,” defensive lineman Kedric Golston said. “You’ve got a big, physical offensive line. So we know the challenges that they have there. They lost a tough game [last] weekend, too. We know we’re gonna get their best shot, and we’re gonna give them our best shot. All we can do is work today to win a football game and on Sunday see where the chips fall.”
Redskins reserve linebacker Nick Barnett spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers and is a former teammate of Rodgers.
“He’s gonna make his plays,” Barnett said. “When you face a quarterback like that, you’ve got to expect that he’s gonna made some good plays and be able to let it roll off. You have to have a short memory. He’s going to make his plays. He also might give us some. So you never know what’s gonna happen. You have to just keep playing and just play tough. The biggest thing with a quarterback like that is you don’t want to give everything right away. You don’t want to go out there and line up in your alignment. You maybe want to line up in your alignment one play and then line up off your alignment. You kind of just make it difficult for him. Don’t make it easy for a quarterback like that.”
Nose tackle Barry Cofield said Rodgers is a complete quarterback who can win a game in different ways.
“It’s almost like he’s not a runner, but he’s athletic,” Cofield said. “And he still has that same pocket presence like a Brady or a Manning, just that cool like they might as well be throwing to a receiver in their back yard. When you look at them, you look at their mechanics, you look at their pocket presence, it doesn’t look like they’re panicked whatsoever. But when the pocket does collapse, he can scramble, get yards with his legs or just get out of the pocket and make a throw on the run that normal people can’t make. So he’s just got all the tools and it’s really going to be up to us to try to get him off his game.”
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● The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.
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