The Redskins haven’t played the Buccaneers since….well since the last game of preseason. This might be just me assuming, but I’m guessing Washington and Tampa Bay didn’t exactly show much of their game plans against an opponent they would see one month later. Not only that, but many starters sat out or only made cameo appearances on the field that night. So who are these guys? As usual, we will cover three players of our opponent that fans should be most aware of. This week we are highlighting Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, and Michael Bennett.
Doug Martin: Tampa Bay’s second of two first round draft choices from this past April’s meeting has not been as explosive of a running back as the Buccaneers had hoped. Martin is averaging 23 touches per game and only 3.4 yards per carry. There are signs LaGarrette Blount might take some of those carries away, but Martin will be the starter for the foreseeable future. The Redskins’ front seven need to continue to make Martin’s rookie year miserable, at least for another week. Washington has to keep Tamp Bay one dimensional. If Martin is having a good day, Josh Freeman will have a career game against the Redskins’ secondary and you can mark this week up as another loss for the hometown heroes.
Vincent Jackson: Vincent Jackson is probably a little bit more familiar as a name, but he is still adjusting to life in the NFC and Josh Freeman. Last week, Jackson was limited to only one catch. I am having no delusions that the DeBurnt brothers are going to keep Tampa’s number one receiver to one catch. Personally, I’ll be happy if the Redskins can keep him to 80 yards and 1 TD. Vincent Jackson is very athletic, and can make plays if the ball is anywhere near him and it will only be a matter of time until he starts making his offense better. Let’s hope his acclimation to Josh Freeman takes another week.
Michael Bennett: With Adrian Clayborn out for the year, Bennet and Gerald McCoy will have to pick up the slack. Each have three sacks this year, but Bennett will be the one to key on. He rushes from the outside and in certain situations, will line up as a defensive tackle. The Redskins had a tough time protecting Robert Griffin III last week, and if we here Bennett’s name a lot on Sunday, it will mean RG3 isn’t getting enough time to tear up the league’s last place ranked defense against the pass.