4. Kam Curl
Is Kam Curl the best linebacker on the Commanders’ roster? If he isn’t, he sheds blocks better than any linebacker on the roster, that’s for sure.
Look no further than this 3rd and long with the Titans pinned against their own end zone. Curl fights off multiple blocks to blow up a screen pass to Dontrell Hilliard. Before the running back could even turn up field, Curl was breathing down his neck.
Tennessee beat the Commanders on consecutive screen plays in the first quarter; the first went to Derrick Henry for 24 yards before Hilliard scored a touchdown from 13 yards out on seemingly the same exact play to take a 7-0 lead.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone Washington’s defense has performed better since Curl returned from thumb surgery. He had a forgettable moment against the Eagles, but hasn’t put a foot wrong since. As the team’s most versatile defender and most consistent secondary performer, extending Curl should be near the top of Washington’s to-do list in the offseason.