3. Montez Sweat totals two sacks, leads the team in tackles
So far to start his NFL career, Montez Sweat has been pretty good. He didn’t generate much pressure as an edge rusher in his first two games of the season, but that came against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. They have two of the better offensive lines in the league, and the Eagles just stonewalled the Packers’ top-tier edge rush.
Against the Bears, Sweat started to show flashes of his pass rushing ability and had a beautiful sack after he beat Charles Leno with his speed, length, and hand placement to get to Mitchell Trubisky. As Sweat gets more and more comfortable, he should have a chance to produce more and more.
And the matchup with the Giants could be a solid one for him.
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The Giants have a much better offensive line than they’ve had in years past. That much is clear. But one of their weak spots up front is left tackle Nate Solder. The former big-time free agent acquisition is a solid blocker, but he can struggle at times to contain long, athletic edge rushers. He has already allowed three sacks through three games this season, so Sweat could take advantage of him to get some pressure on Daniel Jones.
With Sweat getting a favorable matchup and facing a rookie quarterback, he could rack up some stops behind the line. If Jones gets too comfortable and holds onto the ball too long, Sweat could have some opportunities to get sacks. That would help him confidence and give him a chance to continue to grow which would be great news for the Redskins as their first-round pick continues to develop.
If Sweat logs a couple of sacks, that would be excellent news for him. He could also lead the team in tackles as he has been terrific against the run off the edge as was prevalent during his college tape. If Sweat can have this kind of game, it will make it abundantly clear that he has a role to play in this defense and that he will be a key building block moving forward.