Asked for their impressions of the Washington Redskins defense, members of the Houston Texans offense name physicality and aggression as the top two features that stand out about the unit.
“Obviously they’ve got some proven guys: [Brian] Orakpo and [Ryan] Kerrigan,” running back Arian Foster told Houston reporters this week. “They’ve got guys up there who have been doing it in this league at a very high level so you have to respect that. They look fast and physical on tape.”
The Redskins this offseason worked to improve their pass rush, adapting a more aggressive philosophy and also making additions in the form of free agent defensive end Jason Hatcher and rookie outside linebacker Trent Murphy.
Paring those two with Orakpo and Kerrigan, plus nose tackle Barry Cofield and starting left defensive end Chris Baker, should help make Washington’s defensive front significantly more and more versatile than it was last season.
In the preseason, the Redskins did get into the backfield with greater frequency, and the starting defense gave up only one touchdown.
“They’ve got a lot of different things that they do that really make you, as a quarterback and really as an offense, kind of pay attention to what is going on back there,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said of the Redskins. “They’re not going to sit and play one coverage all game. Obviously, a fast, physical team. They’ve got some experience on the back end with Ryan Clark and DeAngelo Hall and some young guys they’re going to sprinkle in to. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us.”
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