The Washington Redskins came into this season knowing that they had to improve their pass rush. They’ve had good pass rushers in outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan but the problem has been that they haven’t had enough besides them. Well things may be changing for the Redskins in the pass rushing department as they got a nice push against the Patriots.Orakpo got a sack on a nice inside move after Ryan Kerrigan forced the quarterback up in the pocket. Much is expected of the two bookends this season and now they will be joined by one of the best pass rushers coming out of the 2014 draft in rookie Trent Murphy. Who was used on one play standing at the defensive tackle position while Kerrigan and Orakpo came from the edges.
The Redskins also got a good rush from their defensive ends Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Baker, and Frank Kearse. Nose tackle Barry Cofield also looked good in getting after the quarterback. And all this with the man who is supposed to provide the most presence up front in free agent signee Jason Hatcher, didn’t even play against the Patriots.
Now I know this was just a preseason game and Tom Brady didn’t play. Brady would have had a lot more success against the Redskins than backup Ryan Mallett did, but not every quarterback the Redskins will face this season is Tom Brady though. So there is reason for at least cautious optimism for now about the Redskins pass rush based on what we saw against the Patriots.