Washington Football Team: Five players to watch in Week 4
By Ian Cummings
No. 4 – DT Tim Settle
The Washington Football Team’s defense was dealt a massive blow in Week 3 when it was revealed that defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis would miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a torn bicep.
It helps that Washington has a considerable amount of depth on the line; Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne will provide normalcy as starters. But with Ioannidis out, Washington will start to tread into uncharted territory, as Tim Settle will undoubtedly get more playing time as a rotational contributor.
In 2019, Settle showed flashes, as his trimmed-down self logged 2.0 sacks and two tackles for loss with one start and 15 game appearances on his resume. Down 21 pounds from his NFL Combine weight, the 6-foot-3, 308-pound Settle has displayed more athleticism, and could be primed to produce in Ioannidis’ place.
Ioannidis will be hard to replace, of course; he was set to reprise his role as one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the game. But Settle, a fifth-round pick like Ioannidis, may just need an opportunity to prove he’s ready for an increased role.