Haslett defends Orakpo’s production

Brian Orakpo gets a sack in Oakland this season (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett defended the production of linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Orakpo has three sacks in seven games this season. He also has gone without being credited with a tackle in two of the past three games, losses by the Redskins on Oct. 13 at Dallas and last Sunday at Denver.

But Haslett said Thursday that Orakpo regularly draws an unusual amount of attention from opposing offenses in the form of additional blockers assigned to him.

“Last week he got chipped 22 times,” Haslett said. “The tight end was there 22 times. So that’ll tell you something about who everybody thinks … has the ability to get a lot of sacks. They were trying to take Brian out of the game. So he got chipped a lot. He got hit a lot. That kind of happens. Plus, you don’t get a lot of sacks on Peyton [Manning], anyway. … The guy gets the ball out of his hand fast and everything. But it just shows you when they stick a tight end over there to chip him … what kind of guy he is.”

That wasn’t unique to the Denver game, according to Haslett.

“I think that’s all the time with him,” Haslett said. “Everybody is targeting somebody. And they target ‘Rak.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m., preparing for Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.

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