Commanders must give Jalen Carter extra attention
Rookie defensive lineman Jalen Carter announced himself against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the first-year-pro posted five pressures on 16 pass rushes, according to Next Gen Stats. What's more impressive is how the former Georgia stud generated those attacks despite being double-teamed on 68.8 percent of his pass-rushing attempts versus the NFC South outfit.
In short, Carter is a game wrecker who can cause significant harm to the Washington Commanders if left unaccounted for.
Those numbers are bad news for a Commanders' offense humbled by the Buffalo Bills pass rush last time around. It was a dominant performance from Sean McDermott's outfit, who helped themselves to nine sacks - 1.5 of those quarterback takedowns were notched by active defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who was always going to be a problem.
Oliver took advantage of an interior trio featuring two converted tackles, Saahdiq Charles and Sam Cosmi, playing guard. Carter could feast in the same way if he doesn't see a crowd on every snap.
He may have thrived against double teams on Monday night, but the Commanders have a better chance of stopping Carter with more bodies than fewer. The same goes for corralling A.J. Brown and Jalen Hurts, and maybe scoring another upset at Lincoln Financial Field.
In fairness to Cosmi, he's been one of Washington's pleasant surprises through three weeks, especially in pass protection. However, stopping a supreme force like Carter is a different challenge entirely.