Commanders must contain D.J. Jones
D.J. Jones has quietly become one of the more disruptive nose tackles in the NFL. He offers a greater pass-rushing threat than most players at his position, evidenced by nine career sacks - but his greater value is in stuffing the run.
Manhandling centers, occupying double teams, and filling running lanes are the core parts of Jones' game. Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and run-game coordinator Juan Castillo need particular schemes to prevent the mammoth figure from wrecking their ground attack.
One idea is to catch Jones cold with trap blocking by letting him get by center Nick Gates, only to be hit by Saahdiq Charles or Sam Cosmi. Alternatively, Castillo can scheme runs away from his direction by sending Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson Jr. off tackle.
Outside runs would also avoid the other force in the middle of the Denver Broncos' defense. Something else that would go a long way to silencing the often intimidating crowd at Mile High Stadium.