The Redskins only play the AFC North once every four years. Unless they are a big name, for the most part, we really don’t know too much about our AFC foes. So who are these guys? I have highlighted three players that you should be aware of come Sunday afternoon. Keep an eye out for A.J. Green, Andrew Hawkins, and Vontaze Burfict.
A.J. Green: The first round draft pick from last year has shown just how talented he is. He brings speed and can stretch the field averaging over 15 yards per reception in his short career. The ability to occupy safeties affects the rest of what this offense can do too. It opens up receivers underneath, and helps the running game since you can’t creep an extra man in the box to support the front seven. The Redskins have given up several plays over 25 yards through the air in their first two games. If the Redskins can keep A.J. Green to one big play Sunday, I’d consider that a success.
Andrew Hawkins: The person who has benefited the most from A.J. Green this year is their slot receiver, Andrew Hawkins. After spending two years in the CFL, Andrew Hawkins has become the number two receiver for Andew Dalton in his second year with the Bengals. The Redskins need learn from last week’s experience with Danny Amendola. If not, then with Green stretching the defense, they are going to have a tougher time with this week’s slot receiver. Of all the names you listen for, this is the one we don’t want to hear is having a good game.
Vontaze Burfict: Vontaze is a talented undrafted rookie who played inside linbacker at Arizona State. With the season ending injury to starting outside linebacker Thomas Howard, Burfict is being forced to start in this new position. The Redskins need to expose this probable weakness. The rookie played well in his first start, but I believe Shanahan’s offense should be able to put the rookie in a position where he blows a coverage or rushing defense assignment a few times for big gains. Look for this to be a advantage that the Redskins exploit when they need a key third down conversion, especially late in what I expect will be a high scoring game.
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