Commanders have to put hats on Bobby Okereke
Letting Bobby Okereke be a force in every phase will stall the Washington Commanders' offense. They must put hats on the former Indianapolis Colts starter who cost the New York Giants $40 million in free agency.
Okereke has tallied 53 tackles and blitzed 12 times, but his greater impact comes from deflecting passes. The 27-year-old has gotten his hands on five, with two of those tipped balls resulting in interceptions for teammates, per Bobby Skinner of Talkin' Giants.
Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy needs to design route concepts to draw Okereke away from quarterback Sam Howell's primary reads. The Commanders also have to find ways to quickly get linemen onto No. 58 in the running game.
Controlling the core players of a solid defense, then beating up on an injury-hit offense is how the Commanders can earn a winning record at the expense of their NFC East rivals.