Redskins: Four players Trending Up in week 5

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Oct 4, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker (92) reacts after sacking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

3. Chris Baker, DE

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker is one their most versatile players up front.  He can play either defensive end or nose tackle in the Redskins 3-4 defense but it was defensive end where the Redskins deployed Baker in their 23-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in week 4.

Baker started in place of Stephen Paea and made an immediate impact for the Redskins defense by recording two sacks on Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford.  The Redskins lacked a pass rush in week 3 against the Giants on the road and Baker helped alleviate that problem against the Eagles.

While he started at nose tackle for the Redskins in 2014, Bakers’ best position is defensive end and that’s the spot where can be st use his quickness off the ball and get into the offensive backfield.

Baker did a good job of collapsing the pocket against the Eagles offensive line and was also active against the run as well.  If this type of play continues from Chris Baker it will help free up other pass rushers like Ryan Kerrigan and Jason Hatcher as teams will need to account more for Baker.

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