Washington Football Team Defense: 2018 vs. 2020
By Jonathan Eig
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The switch to the 4-3 this year skews this comparison a bit. In 2018, only three defensive linemen crossed the twenty percent threshold, and all three — Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Matt Ioannidis — figure to be prominent players again this year.
They will be joined by defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young, neither of whom was on the roster in 2018. The best edge pass rusher from 2018, Ryan Kerrigan, who was listed as an outside linebacker that season, will become a depth player in 2020. If Sweat and Young perform anywhere near expectations, this is a major upgrade.