Commanders' protection schemes can't miss Kaden Elliss
It was another clever move to sign Kaden Elliss from the New Orleans Saints. He's given Ryan Nielsen a useful weapon whenever the Atlanta Falcons send the blitz.
Selective use of Elliss' pass-rushing talents has so far yielded a sack and four pressures, according to Pro Football Reference. The sack came against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2
This takedown shows how well the Falcons are able to scheme pressure. Elliss walked up late to a five-man front that also used an inside twist between David Onyemata (90) and linebacker Troy Andersen (53).
A pressure like this should have been at the forefront of the film study for the Washington Commanders' offense this week. It's on coordinator Eric Bieniemy and line coach Travelle Wharton to find new ways to better protect Sam Howell, who has already taken a league-high 29 sacks through five games.
Accounting for Elliss would be a good way to start keeping Howell upright more often.
Washington's own defense needs to worry less about pressure and more about how to limit their opponents on the ground.