By Ben Sullivan
The Redskins got waxed in their first two exos, but there’s a lot to be said about their defense.
They’re pretty loaded when it comes to defense. No matter what you think of him, Josh Norman is still a very good cornerback in the NFL. Meanwhile, safety Landon Collins was a fantastic signing that helps solidify the secondary.
Then there’s the linebackers. The interior isn’t perfect, but Jon Bostic is very solid. Meanwhile, Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat is a cheat code on the outside.
The star attraction is the defensive line though. Matthew Ioannidis has gotten better and better each year and has surprised a lot of people by becoming a legitimately great defensive end. Meanwhile, Jonathan Allen (above) is a star at defensive end and Da’Ron Payne is already a monster after one year and truly could be a superstar.
Even Tim Settle is a beast. Although he doesn’t get much time, he’s still just 22 and has all the physical tools to succeed at defensive tackle. Add him into the mix and things are just completely unfair for opposing offenses.
The line showed that a lot on Thursday, stopping runs before they ever got going and creating issues for the quarterback. The main example of this was Payne tipping a pass from Andy Dalton, that led to an interception by Monte Nicholson (who took it back for a touchdown).