Redskins vs. Patriots: Rookie Report – Trent Murphy
Trent Murphy, outside linebacker –
Murphy played pretty well in his first game as Redskin. We saw early on how Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett plans to get Murphy involved in the defense. On the Patriots first third down, Haslett had Murphy lined up in the defensive tackle spot standing up. Why did Haslett have him standing up? More than likely for three reasons.
- To help give him leverage as a pass rusher going against a heavier guard.
- In case Haslett wants him to drop back into coverage and give the offense a different look.
- You can zone blitz off this look as well. Drop Murphy into coverage and send a linebacker or DB instead.
I liked this look. Because it allows the Redskins to put their best pass rushers on the field at one time. And it will be even more effective with Jason Hatcher out there. But Murphy got some good rushes on the quarterback and played well against the run. But he will have to work on his pass coverage skills as he seemed to struggle there a little bit.
However, initially I think Murphy will primarily be used on third downs as situational pass rusher and to spell the starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. But overall it was a good performance for Trent Murphy in his first NFL appearance.