The DLine, Solid 6 + 2. Jun 14, 2019 17:28:32 GMT -5
Post by joewash on Jun 14, 2019 17:28:32 GMT -5
The inspiration for this thread. We all know about the front 3, Allen, Ioannidis, Payne. And we know about our OLBs, RK and Sweat, the plus 2.
Payne and Allen both hit that rookie wall last year and Tomsula has said he will rotate more this year to keep his studs fresh. So what about the 3 backups? I think they will surprise:
1. Tim Settle. He’s the guy we know the most about because he got the most playing time, appearing in all 16 games. We all thought he was a steal in the 5th round, he might have fallen because of concerns about maintaining his weight and was chubby at VaTech at 328 LBs. At times he appeared to be the steal of the draft, at times he played like a rookie. Nice article on his offseason, weight control and understanding his position by watching film, understanding what the offense is trying to do, and being coached up by Tomsula. www.redskins.com/news/after-learning-the-nfl-ropes-tim-settle-is-taking-advantage-of-the-offseason
2. Caleb Brantley. This DE did not get much playing time after joining the team in September. He was projected as a second rounder but fell to the 6th by the Browns with a battery charge that was dismissed. The Browns cut him at the start of the season and was a good pickup. He basically replaced McGee and is an upgrade. I was high on this guy coming out of UFla. and it appears Gruden is too: riggosrag.com/2019/03/26/jay-gruden-redskins-have-high-hopes-for-caleb-brantley/
3. JoJo Wicker. This UDFA is the dark horse but I think he is the second rotational DE. Like Brantley, he joined the Skins right before the season after the Lions cut this Arizona 3 year starter to add a LB due to injury. Here’s is predraft report: www.draftanalyst.com/jojo-wicker
So our 3 backups are a 5th, a 6th, and an UDFA, all young, all on cheap rookie contacts. And in rookie deals for Payne and Allen and a modest extension for Ioannidis and we have a formidable front 6 that is young and should our Alpha for years to come.