5 players to watch in Redskins Week 8 matchup vs. the Cowboys
By Ian Cummings
No. 2 – ILB Martrell Spaight
Zach Brown was listed as a DNP on the injury report due to a back injury he sustained against the Eagles. If he’s limited, or out in a worst-case scenario, against the Cowboys, then Martrell Spaight will be next in line to start alongside Mason Foster.
Spaight is a thumper, and he doesn’t suffer in run stoppage. Rather, Spaight’s coverage skills are questionable. He can make open field tackles, and he’s very good at doing that, but when he’s asked to be mobile and light on his feet, the former Arkansas Razorback has struggled in the past. Against a Cowboys’ offense with a lot of weapons, the pressure will be on Spaight to produce.
There’s no guarantee that Zach Brown sits out Sunday, but being unable to participate on Wednesday isn’t a good sign. If he can’t play, or if he can’t stay on the field as often, then Spaight will come out in his place. And the Cowboys will put a target on Spaight’s head immediately.
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It’ll be telling to see how far Spaight has come since being drafted in the seventh round in 2015. One would hope he’s made a big leap. But so far, we’ve seen him as a mixed bag. He’s a guy who only brings so much to the table. And on Sunday, he’ll have to bring a little bit more.