Washington Redskins Unheralded Players: NT Joey Mbu
By Ian Cummings
None of the current nose tackles on the roster are guaranteed to remain. Although Mbu has relatively little competition at his position, he’ll have to show that he has the physicality to make an impact if he wants to succeed.
Mbu’s work ethic is known to be exceptional. And his size automatically provides him with a boost in the nose tackle competition. But too often, he’s shown a lack of strength and leverage on the field against opposing offensive linemen. He’ll have to eradicate this flaw in order to move forward.
There’s no question that Mbu will work tirelessly to correct his mistakes. However, some players simply have a ceiling, for whatever reason, whether it be due to mental acuteness, or, in Mbu’s case, physical and fundamental limitations. Mbu may have already met his ceiling.
Nevertheless, Mbu has another chance to show that he has room to grow this offseason. This position battle is winnable, and the if Mbu works hard enough, he could separate himself and grow into a larger role on the Redskins’ defensive line.
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Mbu is entering his third NFL season. At 24 years old, he still has plenty of time to improve and grow as a player. And he couldn’t have a better coach to learn from than Jim Tomsula. This is likely Mbu’s last chance to make it in the NFL, and expect him to bring it every day as he fights for a roster spot.