The Washington Redskins on Sunday played their first of four games without left tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. His replacement, Ty Nsekhe, had a pretty impressive performance in his absence.
Nsekhe didn’t allow a sack against a tough Minnesota Vikings defensive line and neutralized defensive end Everson Griffen, who has recorded double-digit sacks the past two seasons and had six sacks entering the game.
“It was some big shoes to fill, all-pro,” Nsekhe said. “Just had to step in there and do my job when I’m called upon.”
Nsekhe was part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack and helped the offense gain 388 yards against a team that entered ranked third in total defense (298.9 yards per game). The running backs collected 128 yards on 28 carries, an average of 4.6 yards per touch.
“We ran real effective,” Nsekhe said. “I heard that [Rob Kelley] got 97 yards rushing. I feel we could’ve got three more. It would have been nice to get three more. Overall, it was a good day.”
The Redskins will continue to use Nsekhe at left tackle for the next three games as they prepare for the Green Bay Packers next week, but he displayed what many in the organization already knew: The backup swing tackle is capable of serving in a starting role.
“Now we just got to keep on pushing,” Nsekhe said. “We got Green Bay next week. We’ve got a tall task, and hopefully we can do the same outcome.”
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