The most surprising unit of the team for most fans has been the defense. Many knew what the Redskins were building towards for a couple of offseasons with the attention they gave to the front seven. Over the past three seasons Youth D.J. Swearinger Jersey , the Redskins have acquired Matt Ioannidis, Jonathan Allen, DaRon Payne, Zach Brown, and Josh Harvey-Clemons. All of whom play an integral part in the most used packages by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Not to mention the key players in the secondary who have a mix of veteran leadership, speed, and youth that have contributed early on this season. The Redskins defense currently ranks second in both points and yards per game. Not middle of the pack, or bottom 12, but second. The key to the Redskins great start on defense is their physical play up front. The defensive linemen are now leading a defense that has been led by the edge rushers and linebackers in sacks for the last four seasons. The Redskins have accumulated seven sacks on the year; the defensive line makes up for six of those sacks. The pressure produced by the front seven drastically influenced the teams ranking against the pass, which is fifth best in the NFL. That is not to take away from their secondary who has done more good than bad this year, but the front office’s emphasis on building a bully in the trenches is paying dividends right now, and the play of the defensive line will take this team a long way. The front seven is not only affecting the passing game, but they are playing better against the run this year too. Not great, but better, the Redskins have had problems in the first quarter of games for whatever reason it may be versus the run. Nonetheless, they have settled in very nicely as games went along and are currently ranked eighth against the run. If a team can play good offense and stop the run on defense, their chance of winning games increases. The Redskins are on the right track after the first quarter of the season. One of the most important things a defense has going for them is always points allowed Cheap Jordan Reed Jersey , and moving forward it will be essential to continue keeping teams out of the end zone. As the Redskins have struggled offensively in the second half putting up points, the defense has excelled in the second half keeping teams out of the end zone. Over the first three games, they have only allowed 20 points, which is just less than seven points per game. Overall they are first in the NFL in percentage scores per drive, at 20.6. This is elite production. Can it be upheld? Maybe not; communications issues still exist, coverage is problematic at times too. But can they remain a good unit throughout the year? Absolutely, they are built that way. Jamual’s Grade for the defense: A-Build The Team: CFB Standouts Week 6 OffenseReggie Corbin, RBSchool: Illinois | Conference: BIG 10College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?Height / Weight: 5-10 / 200 lbsIf any of you follow area high school football you may recognize Corbin’s name. Corbin is a native of Prince George’s county Maryland and played high school football at Gonzaga in downtown D.C. before he landed at Illinois. Corbin wasn’t highly recruited I think he may have only been a 1 or 2 star prospect but he is making the most out of his opportunities this season at Illinois. Last season he didn’t see many carries last season and took the offseason to get in better shape. This season Corbin is the workhorse for the Illini and is a top 5 rusher in the BIG 10 in rushing yards. Corbin primarily rushes out of the shotgun but he uses his vision, agility, and speed to take advantage of the zone run scheme he plays in. Illinois has had some prolific runner’s in their history but Corbin is on pace to land a spot in their single season top 10 rushing list. He finished this matchup against Rutgers with 11 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown. Gardner Minshew, QBSchool: Washington State | Conference: PAC 12College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 23?Height / Weight: 6-2 / 220 lbsMinshew started his collegiate football career at East Carolina. He was given a red shirt during that time and also graduated so now he is playing as a graduate transfer at Washington State. It’s going pretty well for him. Minshew is playing really well in Washington State’s air raid offense and he’s on his way to putting up career best numbers. Who knows what NFL future Minshew might have the transition for his predecessors from college to the pro’s hasn't been a smooth one. In the meantime he is one of the most prolific passers in the PAC 12 and that was on display this weekend as he lit up Oregon State going 30/40 for 430 yards and 5 TDs. If Minshew continues to play this way he will definitely catch the eye scouts and start receiving a lot more buzz. Dexter Williams, RBSchool: Notre Dame | Conference: IndependentsCollege Experience: Senior | Age: 22?Height / Weight: 5-11 / 215 lbsAt Notre Dame just because you begin the season as a starter doesn’t mean your job is safe. We have seen it with Ian Book replacing Brandon Wimbush and we can see it again with Dexter Williams replacing Tony Jones Jr. Williams along with book as provided a spark to the Notre Dame offense transforming it to one of the more prolific offenses in the FBS. Williams talents were on display this past weekend against Virginia Tech. Williams dismantled the Tech defense and ripped off several huge runs that helped propel the Irish to a win. Williamshas legit speed and vision and once he gets into the open field he is hard to stop. Williams ran for 178 yards on 17 carries for 2 TDs this past weekend. In just two starts he has 339 yards on 39 carries and 4 TDs. Steven Montez, QBSchool: Colorado | Conference: PAC 12College Experience: RS Junior | Age: 22?Height / Weight: 6-5 / 235 lbsRight now Montez is one of the most underrated QBs in college football. Montez got the keys to the Colorado offense last season and the growth from that year to this year is obvious. Montez leads a 5-0 Colorado team that is ranked 18th in total offense in the NCAA. A large part of that is how prolific Montez has been this year. What is most impressive about Montez’s growth is not his yardage, attempts, or touchdowns it is his accuracy. He is averaging a 75% completion rate for the season so far if he can keep up that kind of pace you’ll start hearing more about him by November. Montez picked apart Central Michigans offense this past weekend going 24/33 for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns. Special emphasis not necessarily on the numbers but on when and where he placed the ball. I’m liking him more each week.DefenseHasan Defense, CBSchool: Kansas | Conference: BIG 12College Experience: RS Junior | Age: 21?Height / Weight: 5-11 / 187 lbsKansas lost but Hasan Defense picked off one of college football’s best quarterbacks not once but twice. The picks themselves are dope but what is even most impressive and encouraging about Defense as an NFL prospect is his ability to bait a quarterback and his instinct and ability to break on the ball at the last moment and convert those opportunities to touchdowns. In a conference often criticized for its defense there are few defensive players in the BIG 12 that could pull their weight in other p5 conferences. I think Defense is one of those guys. Plus, his name Youth Preston Smith Jersey , its obvious. He finished this game with 7 tackles 1 pass defended and 2 interceptions. Jachai Polite, EDGESchool: Florida | Conference: SECCollege Experience: Junior | Age: 20?Height / Weight: 6-2 / 242 lbsFlorida is 5-0 and has looked pretty good in all their games. They are a real dark horse to make waves in the SEC. A huge part of that has been Florida’s defense a lot of the players are don’t have enough experience to be draft eligible but the Gator defensive unit is clicking as well as any other top defense in the country right now. A standout star in the making on that defense is Jachai Polite. He has already caught the eye of #drafttwitter and well as real NFL scouts. Perhaps aside from the question of length Polite has all the other coveted skills of an EDGE rusher. He is quick and fast and can make a tackle look silly. He can pursue and shut off running lanes. He can get to the QB and bend the edge to make the sack in just one fluid movement. Florida upset LSU this weekend in large part to Polite’s presence on defense. He finished this game with 6 tackles (2 for loss), 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass defended. Brian Burns, EDGESchool: Florida State | Conference: ACCCollege Experience: Junior | Age: 21?Height / Weight: 6-5 / 235 lbsThere isn’t much to be happy about if you’re a Florida State fan but there is no question that you can have pride in your best player Brian Burns who is also one of the best edge rushers in the country. Burns nearly destroyed the Miami offense and nearly broke my heart this weekend. Burns got after new starter N’Kosi Perry often and made a fool of the offensive line. Burns has the length so coveted by NFL teams off the edge and is relentless in his pass rush. Burns doesn’t just have potential he is so far above so many EDGE prospects already. He has a ridiculous swat, dip, and swim move that he uses to quickly beat protection and get after the QB. He’ll likely be a 1st round pick coming from a bad team. He finished this game with 4 tackles (3 for loss), 2 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 2 forced fumbles. Montez Sweat, EDGESchool: Mississippi State | Conference: SECCollege Experience: Senior | Age: 22?Height / Weight: 6-6 / 245 lbsIf it hasn’t clicked already there are some very good edge rushers potentially in this year’s class. One player that will be entering for sure is Montez Sweat. I don’t know what it is about Mississippi State Edge rushers but I have been in love since Preston Smith. Athletically Sweat is what some Redskins fan’s wish Smith was. Both players will be compared for obvious reasons but I think Sweat is more dangerous coming off the edge (I really like Smith BTW). Sweat has built an impressive resume at Miss State already. He is one of the nation’s sack leaders (8) and is almost past his career best he set last year (10.5) in just 6 games. The same goes for his TFL numbers this season (10.5) compared to last year (15.5). He is on his way to setting personal bests. Put simply he lives in the backfield and can take over games. His did just that against Auburn this past weekend. Sweat finished that game with 3 tackles (all 3 for loss), 3 sacks, and one forced fumble.
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