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Need to Know: Where do the Redskins still have needs?

May 15, 2015, 5:47 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 15, 76 days before the Washington Redskins open training camp in Richmond, VA.

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I think that going into the offseason just about everybody knew that the Redskins would not be able to fix everything that was wrong with them in the wake winning just seven games over the last two seasons. And while Scot McCloughan did address a lot of positions, signing half a dozen veteran free agents and drafting 10 players, there is still work to be done, some holes that will need to be filled.

While there isn’t a position on the field that couldn’t use more good players, some remain weaker than others. On the defensive side of the ball the weak spot is safety. It’s hard to look at free safety Dashon Goldson and see anything than a 2015 version of Ryan Clark in terms of being a one-year patch at the position. He’ll turn 32 early in the season and his play the last two years has been spotty at best. Goldson’s contract is essentially a one-year deal since his salary skyrockets to $7 million next year, an amount the Redskins aren’t going to pay.

Behind him is Akeem Davis, who has way too much to learn to be counted on this year and he may never be a full-time solution. Perhaps a cornerback will move over to serve as free safety depth but David Amerson or DeAngelo Hall would be little more than additional short-term fixes.

Jeron Johnson is at the top of the depth chart at strong safety. With just one NFL start under his belt he has to be considered a question mark. Behind him are Phillip Thomas, Duke Ihenacho, and rookie Kyshoen Jarrett. While it’s possible that any or all of them could blossom into solid players you can’t really check the box and say that strong safety is a solid and settled position.

On the other side of the ball, the position with major question marks is quarterback. There is optimism that Robert Griffin III can take hold of the position but it is far from a sure thing. Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy have had their moments but it’s a major stretch to think that either one of them can morph into a franchise quarterback.

In discussing current areas of weakness here we’re assuming that the players the team drafted and signed all work out to reasonable expectations. That rarely happens so the to-do list for 2016 could well grow larger.

Let’s be clear here; I’m not saying that McCloughan bypassed any plausible solutions at these positions. The draft was very thin at safety and quarterbacks are always hard to find. We’ll just have to see what happens this year and continue to try to locate solutions.


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  1. skinsgame - May 15, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    A better question might have been, “Where don’t they have a need?” Tough question to confine but I agree with your 2 most glaring question marks. By late December last year, most fans were calling to “Blow it all up!” but the offseason dulls the pain of a 24-0 shutout loss at home to the St Louis Rams or being crushed by the Cowgirls. Needs are nothing if not relentless and that’s precisely why taking the BPA in every draft is so important.

    • bangkokben - May 15, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      While I completely agree with your last sentence, there are plenty of places where they don’t have a need (now) and although it is impossible to “blow up” a 53-man roster, this team has clearly done all it could do to address every need. The two needs that Rich mentions are two areas that could not be addressed this off-season. Safety is clearly a patch that may hold for one season a la Madieu Williams in 2012 but must again be addressed next year. Quarterback is similar to safety in that what is and was available this off-season is in no way better than what is currently on the roster. O-line? New coach; at one new starter. D-line? Out with the old in with the new. Special teams? Drafted specific players for teams. These are the foundations that Redskin fans have been griping about forever. Sure we WANT a kicker that can kick 50+ FGs and kick it out of bounds, or an blocking TE that can catch, and an inside linebacker that can cover a tight end but even the best teams have those kind of needs.

      • skinsgame - May 15, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        There were areas that were addressed in free agency, the draft, and with coaching changes but they may still prove to be areas of so-called “need”. I highly doubt the line of scrimmage is a settled issue and while I’m happy with the changes, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that there is no longer a need with either side of it. Knighton is on a one year deal which equates him on some level to Goldson and everyone still seems to understand FS is a need. If Goldson puts up a good year, it could be argued that FS is no longer as imminent a need as NT.

        The offensive line has only 2 of 5 positions that are certain, barring injury. Until we see what Callahan can get from some of the veterans, this group is needy. Not as bad as some say but needy.

        I’m sure you’ll agree that special teams will handle itself when the team finally has depth after a few years of solid drafting. I like our kickers, Way in particular. They just need seasoning.

        I whole heartedly agree that the coaching changes were part of addressing needs. Probably more so than the talent influx. A couple lucky breaks and a return to form from Griffin and this team has 13-15 wins.

        • bangkokben - May 16, 2015 at 12:50 AM


          True, that Knighton is on a one-year deal and Goldson is seen as a one-year fix but the similarities end there. Pot Roast has been a productive player the last two seasons. According to Keim and four letter stats geeks Denver was the hardest team to rush against on 1st and 2nd downs last year. Knighton is alson two years younger than the Goldson. Furthermore, Chris Baker was given a contract last year to play nose. Knighton’s reasoning for not getting a long-term deal is his weight and that most teams see him as just a two-down player. He actually plays too heavy. Goldson has been in decline and was traded for the crusts of a leftover ham sandwich. He would have been cut had we not made the trade and Tampa is still paying the majority of his salary*. Next year his cap hit goes to $7M so he was never going to be part of their plans in 2016. So, even if he balls out, he will get released or agree to a new contract. The team has no real back-up to him. So for this year, it’s all eggs in the Goldson/improved front seven basket.

          *From over the cap and wikipedia: Goldson was traded to the Washington Redskins, along with a seventh round pick, for a sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. To facilitate the trade the Buccaneers prepaid $4 million of Goldson’s 2015 salary.

        • skinsgame - May 16, 2015 at 6:09 AM

          Fair points. I discounted the small age gap because of the size disparity and how that alone equalizes their potential career length. Knighton is an unhealthy size that will break him down much sooner than Goldson. Baker as well. They ate the ham sandwich crusts.

          Let’s assume Goldson falls flat, who plays FS in 2016? That safety position has been like a bottomless pit since Taylor passed and I don’t believe anyone is developing there.

      • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

        The skins have a blocking TE that can catch. Logan Paulsen’s issue is that he played last year hurt with plantar fasciitis. Sure he can be upgraded, but he’s a good enough as a blocker and good enough as a receiver to catch 25 to 30 passed for 250 to 300 yards and have a few touchdowns.

        The skins have an ILB who can cover tight ends, His name is Keenan Robinson.

        • bangkokben - May 16, 2015 at 12:59 AM

          That’s a painful injury and hopefully Paulsen is past it and back to 2012 form. Sure Robinson can cover. At the same time if you want to score a ton of fantasy points on fan duel, play the tight-end playing our Redskins because he was golden for me. Hopefully Joe Barry’s defensive scheme deals with this.

        • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 1:41 AM

          The coverage of the TE’s falls more than just on the ILB’s. We need the safeties to do a better job of covering the middle of the football field also.

          We need Johnson/Thomas & Goldson to cover better on the back end than Clark, Meriweather, Doughty, Gomes and Madieu Williams the past three seasons.

        • bangkokben - May 16, 2015 at 10:49 AM

          Even now, I’ll take Reed Doughty and possibly Madieu Williams over Phillip Thomas. And it’s true that its not just the linebackers but the safeties that need to cover as well. I just hope that Barry can scheme something better in the middle of the field than what Haslet consistently gave up. This team has got to get off the field on 3rd down and in past it didn’t matter whether it was 3rd and 3 or 3rd and 8 the offense had a better than 50% chance they could keep the drive alive.

        • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 12:15 PM

          Is take Reed Doughty over all of our safeties still! Lol

          I can’t say the same for Madieu Williams, he lost us a few games – like the Giants game in 2012 – because of his blown coverages and lack or range. Madieu Williams was no better than the 35 year old version of Ryan Clark.

          Still, I’d take Doughty in the box and on special teams over almost all safeties in the NFL.

          That being said, I am still excited to see Phillip Thomas play and to see him continue to develop. Thomas has a lot of talent and is the most talented safety on the team – even with the addition of Goldson. Thomas has a lot of talent, and he can be a special safety for us, if he can continually develop.

          I’d still like to see David Amerson or Breeland moved to FS and develop for a year under Goldson at the position and in 2016, one will be our starting FS.

          Either could play a duel role as the back up FS and the dime (or 4th corner).

        • bangkokben - May 16, 2015 at 3:53 PM

          Madieu was the worst..until Bacarri Rambo. And since then it became clear that yes, it could get worse.

        • skinsgame - May 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM

          Get off the field on 3rd down and convert 3rd downs on offense. Both needed desperately.

        • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 12:07 PM

          Exactly, that’s where the skins need to use Pierre Garçon more. Garçon is a great possession WR and 3rd down chain mover, but for some reason Gruden didn’t call his # on 3rd downs enough last year. Garçon can be this teams art monk, like he was in 2012 & 13.

          They’ve said Garçon will be targeted more on 3rd downs, I’ll believe it when I see it. Lol

        • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 5:39 PM

          I still think the Skins screwed up in 2012 by not keeping Atogwe as their FS until they found a long term option.

          Atogwe had clearly lost a step when we got him but, he was clearly a better FS than both Madieu Williams and Ryan Clark. I’m still miffed as to why we didn’t keep Atogwe, for at least one more season, if not two more seasons than we did. His one year rental just didn’t make sense to me, and never will.

          The last time our pass defense was top 15 was in 2011 (12th to be exact) when Atogwe was our FS. I think Shanahan & Haz really dropped the ball by not retaining Atogwe in 2012 & 13.

  2. sidepull - May 15, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    I agree. QB and FS. I also would like to see them get a TE with good hands and can block.

  3. themadduke - May 15, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    They still need more help on the o-line. Adding one guy will help it but not fix it. It all starts in the trenches. The o-line paves the way for the QB, RB, and receivers.

    • John Balascio - May 15, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      We brought in 6 or 7 o line player’s to battle it out along with the two from last year. All but one I think has the potential to be starters.

  4. skip36 - May 15, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    The Redskins have an undrafted player named Dyshawn Davis who is listed as a LB at 6’2″ 227lbs. which at that size he’s called a tweeter but as a SAFETY that size is perfect & we should give him a shot at that position, he ran the 40yd-dash at between 4.4-4.6 which is pretty good, & mind understanding is that he’s willing to try any position too make the team.HTTR

  5. skip36 - May 15, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    @Rich_TandlerCSN#NTK Why not put Dyshawn Davis to play FS he has the perfect size at 6’2″ 227lbs. not for a LB at this level?

    • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      He’s the size of a SS, not FS

  6. Jeffrey - May 15, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    I don’t know why people get so hard on Rg3 or Kirk for that matter on being a pocket passer I wish reporters would tell the real reason why but I know you guys just wanna sell a story the real reason he never Will like manning Brady or Rogers is simple he needs a very good offense of line like them a good solid TE like them a 6″3 + solid receiver like them then I guarantee he’ll come a pocket passer none of them QB would of done much better that line was horrible they would got sacked more cause they can’t get out of the pocket as quick as rg3 now yeah could of made some throws he can’t cause there veterans but some would be int so I hope Jay goes back to 12 in what rg3 did then cause people fear his legs use it n a great run game to open up the pass game when u have small receivers or were gonna suck again

    • Jeffrey - May 15, 2015 at 10:26 AM

      P.S. oh yeah a good pass catching rb would help too

      • John Balascio - May 15, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        We have 2 just watch who gruden puts in . And one of them can block.

    • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Griffin and Cousibs have a lot to improve upon now their own. The skins OL wasn’t quite as bad as everyone claims the past two seasons. Often times both Kirk and Robert had time to get the ball out but it wasn’t delivered or wasn’t delivered on time. The pass blocking of the TEs & RBs for Griffin & Cousibs was actually more of a problem then the pass blocking from the offensive line. Gruden also didn’t stick with the running game enough in games, which put too much pressure on each of the young abs.

      Both of the young qbs have a lot of work to do on pocket presence, and timing with their wide receivers. Until Griffin and Cousins improve on their pocket presence their offensive line is going to continue to look bad at times.

      The Redskins have a pass catching running back option in Chris Thompson, he just has to stay healthy and Matt Jones has good hands and was a good pass blocker in college.

      The TE position is fine if the tight ends stay healthy. All three tight ends battled injuries last year which hurt the passing game and the effectiveness from the position.

  7. cowboyhater - May 15, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    The needs will come when the injuries start piling up….we can never predict that, but how SM has constructed this team for this year, it surely seems they can at least be competitive. Need is ILB… not sold on Riley, maybe one of the other kids can separate themselves at this position. FS is definitely a need. Need a NT if they aren’t planning on resigning Knighton, and a legitimate red zone WR has been a need for some time now. QB is a gimme, but I’m willing to see how it plays out with RG3. I still think this kid can play at this level, and be competent.

    • ET - May 15, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      ILB is a persistent area of need. Keenan Robinson is solid but has a sobering injury history. Riley is mediocre. Compton is a good guy but best suited to backup or spot duty. Hayward is really onboard for his special teams acumen. Spaight is intriguing, but he’s a rookie who needs some grooming and experience.

      Take away Robinson (heaven forbid) and it’s a woefully thin unit.

  8. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 15, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    You can’t fix a mess that took over a decade to create.

    Our number one weakness has been owner. Has The Danny finally changed his spots and removed himself from any role in running the team? That would be great, if so.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 15, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      Fix a mess in one year that took over a year to create, I meant.

    • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 2:34 PM

      Dan was t running the show when Shanahan was here, Shanahan had complete control and he couldn’t get the job done in the 4 years he was in control of Football Operations.

      I’m no Snyder sympathizer, but I think for the past 5 years and when Gibbs was back from 04-07 that Snyder was removed from making football decisions.

      I honestly think fans and some on the media blame him too much because he’s an easy target and more recently, fans and some in the media blame Bruce Allen just as much.

      Let’s not forget, at the end of 2009, Snyder hired Bruce Allen who has changed the team’s perceptions with alumni, fans and other things business and marketing wise since then. Bruce Allen also is responsible for drafting Trent Murphy, then drafting two offensive lineman in round 3, Breshaud Breeland in round 4 and Ryan Grant in round 5 (something most Redskins fans and media loved). Bruce also signed Desean Jackson after the Eagles cut him and Jason Hatcher.

      Then, Bruce Allen hired Scott McCloughan to be the GM and control all the personnel decisions. Redskins fans, media and national media loved that decision.

      So, when you actually think about it from 04-07 & 05 till now, it’s hard to argue with most of the decisions that Dan Snyder has made for this franchise.

      Sure, things haven’t worked out perfectly and we still aren’t winning consistently but almost every move that Dan has made (except the Zorn hire) since 2004, has been one that has been seen with a positive view by most when it was made.

      • skinsgame - May 15, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        Totally agreed. Easy to blame the rich guy everyone loves to hate.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 15, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        I honestly think fans and some on the media blame him too much because he’s an easy target

        Nope. He’s a horrible person and a relentless idiot.

        • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 9:22 PM

          Ha! Great analysis!

          Everything I wrote was true. You know it everyone knows it, that’s why you have no intelligent response

          Dan isn’t a great person, but he’s far from the only reason the Redskkns have only won two division titles and only been to the playoffs 4 times since he bought the team 15 years ago.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:56 PM

          Certainly Snyder hasn’t given fans much to appreciate with undervalued teams and overvalued tickets/parking. However, no idiot amasses that amount of wealth in his 30s.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Dan’s primary issues as an owner have been his front office. I agree Dan has stepped out of the roster choices and allowed coaches to make decisions on who plays on the field. Also, Bruce role needs to be working contracts and keeping under the salary cap. He is not a good evaluator on talent. Many of those players where Shanahan’s not Allen’s.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:34 PM

          Big SNAFU on my last statement! Please ignore and not sure why I was thinking year behind on those draft picks.

  9. bowlregard - May 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    The safeties and QBs that we have may surprise on the upside. We have to wait and see. Same with every position.

    • ET - May 15, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      You’re a glass half-full fella.

      I’m cautiously optimistic that Griffin will come back, OK with Jeron at SS, not so hopeful about the repeated application of Band-Aids at free safety. I’d love to be wrong about the safety position.

      • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 2:23 PM

        I think this is definitely reality but on paper (which I know means nothing) the skins are stacked. I honestly think it’s the most talented and deep team they’ve had since 91-92.

    • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      The talent is definitely there for our QBs & safeties to be awesome this year. Let’s pray they finally reach their potential (Johnson & Thomas) and rebound from two average years in Tampa (Goldson).

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        How are we stacked on this roster, specifically? I’m trying to see your point. I love your optimism but I just can’t see this being true even on paper. We don’t really have a proven starting QB. RG3 is still my choice since day one but I’m concerned his development has been impacted negatively by injury, coaching, and front office drama that it may take another team to ever see him excel. The only area where I think we are somewhat stacked is Wide Receiver but we don’t have an established #3. The offensive line looks much better than a few years ago but even on paper it hardly looks stacked. Maybe if Moses and Long develop by becoming proven starters while Schreff pans out as a true top selection then we can start referring to that position as stacked. Lastly, the DB spot could really turn out well but is so volatile that it could easily to the other direction where w get shredded all season like we’ve become accustom to. Again, there is not one area on the team I can see that has expectations of being an elite group when compared to other teams with the single exception of the WR position.

        • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 11:28 PM

          We are stacked because while we don’t have an definite answer of which of our 3 qbs is best to try to lead the team to a winning season, we have 3 capable qbs. We have Griffin who led a team that was less talented in 2012 to an unthinkable division championship. We have Cousins who’s talented but needs more playing time and more confidence, if Cousins had started all 16 games last year he would have thrown for 4,560 yds and 28 TDs. Then, we have Colt McCoy who doesn’t have the arm talent of Griffin of Cousins but, he reminds me of a perfect west coast qb like Rich Gannon was for the Raiders a decade ago and I can tell ya, that’s why Gruden and Allen love him and believe in him and if McCoy had started all 16 games, he would have thrown for 4,228 yards. What we need is one of these three to take the job by the horns and run with it, just like Gruden said he wanted over and over last season. Still, all three are capable.

          Look at the rest of our roster. The best LT & RT combo since Jansen & Samuels were in their prime a decade ago. Our OL has the most young talent on it since I can remember, at least in a decade since we had Samuels, Dockery, Rabach, Randy Thomas and Jansen in 2004.

          We have a pro bowl caliber running back if Gruden gives him the touches he got in 2012 & 13. This offense should be riding Alfred Morris and Matt Jones to the tune of 30 to 35 carries a game.

          The Redskins have the best starting WRs they’ve had since Monk & Clark, we just need to use them better (particularly Garçon) and we need our qbs to be more consistent. We added a shifty slot WR in the mold of what they had with a younger Santana Moss in case Andre Roberts isn’t more consistent and Ryan Grant doesn’t take the next step.

          We have two very talented pass catching tight ends in Reed (yes I know he has to stay healthy, but don’t they all?) and Niles Paul. We have Logan Paulsen who is 6’5, 260 pounds and big enough to block some defensive ends, does he need to improve sometimes? yes! Do I wish he was more consistent as a blocker? Of course! Just keep in mind that he played most of last year with plantar fasciitis and it limited him a lot.

          Our defense is the best it’s been on paper before the season starts since 2004 – 2007.

          We have the strongest DL we’ve had in the past 20 years that I can remember. We have two pro bowlers (Hatcher & Knighton) and 3 other good DL along with them (Baker, Paea & RJF).

          We have an OLB coming off a 13.5 sack season (Kerigan), and have added two big, young, and talented pass rushers in the 2nd round of each of the past two drafts (Murphy & Smith).

          We signed a pro bowl caliber corner in Chris Culliver, we should have Hall back to at least be the nickel corner. Amerson and Breeland are only going to get better with better coaching from Perry Fewell rather than what they got from Raheem Morris last year.

          We added a FS worthy of starting with Goldson who is still in his prime. We signed Jerron Johnson who learned and developed beind the Seahawks great pro bowl safeties. They will compete with – Phillip Thomas, Trenton Robinson, Akeem Davis – our young developing safeties who played ok the second half of last year and should only get better and we drafted Keyshoen Jarrett as well.

  10. abanig - May 15, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    On the surface, I don’t think the Skins have any needs for this season going into the season. I’m sure issues will crop up durning the season especially at Safety as you suggested Rich. Still, on paper, this is the most well rounded and talented team the Redskins have fielded since 91-92 imho. On paper, this team should be a playoff team. We all know it isn’t that easy and you don’t win championships on paper, but just saying.

    Long term, they still have questions at QB, C, G, NT, DE, CB, and both safety positions.

    • skinsgame - May 15, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      …and TE.

      • abanig - May 15, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        The Redskins have 3 capable TEs with different skill sets, they just need all three to stay healthy. Reed battled a hamstring injury, Paulsen battled Plantar Fasciitis and Paul had the bad concussion when he was sandwiched by both Giants safeties. When healthy, these three are a good trio.

        • skinsgame - May 16, 2015 at 6:23 AM

          I’m not as sold on them. 1 more head shot for Reed and he’s done. Paulsen is a good player as is Paul and, for now, they’ll do. If Reed can stay healthy and learn how to throw something resembling a block, he could be a huge asset.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      I don’t know about the most well rounded roster since 91-92. That’s really overstating it considered it hasn’t ever shown yet on the field. I’m not even sure we can say that about this roster yet based on the last 10 years.

      • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        That’s why it called… “On paper…”

        Tell me what years since 92 the Redskins roster has looked better than it does on paper right now?

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:43 PM

          Seriously? How about the years we drafted all those free agents in the likes of Bruce Smith and Dion Sanders in the late nineties. We were the champions of free agents where “on paper” consider the best team in football many years running? There were many years we could go through and see a more complete roster.

          As a team we don’t even have any area on our roster where we could be considered elite on talent alone when comparing to other rosters in the NFL. Provide one group that stands out to you and explain why? I’m not getting you term “on paper” since that would imply we either have proven players in the past or elite draft picks that would provide any hype behind this roster.

  11. redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    No doubt safety should top the lists. Nice write up there. However, where is our left side edge rusher? I don’t think Preston Smith or Trent Murphy is the answer for that role. I really like both but I’d wager Preston Smith at 6-5 271 pounds moves to the DE spot.

    • abanig - May 16, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Murphy had 2.5 sacks in starting just 1/2 the season.

      Preston Smith compares to Everson Griffen of the Vikings. It may take a few years for him to develop into a complete pass rusher, but don’t be surprised if by his third year he’s getting double digit sacks opposite Ryan Kerrigan.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Both players have significant talent but neither is a edge rusher by design. You’ll never see either player getting sacks running around Left Tackles and Tight Ends.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 9:46 PM


          You’ll never see either player getting sacks running around Left Tackles and Tight Ends on a regular basis. Preston has the frame to play as an athletic 300 pound player not as a 250 pound player.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 16, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        Check the scout pages and he is more referred to as a edge setter not edge rusher. Scouts had him compared to Antonio Smith (DT)

        Other references…
        “He reminds me a lot of Justin Tuck. And he also compares very similarly to Tuck from an athletic stand point (but because Tuck didn’t actually test out at the Combine, he would not appear in’s database. Check out how eerily similar their numbers are. [Preston Smith | Justin Tuck]” Archives

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