The Redskins are looking at adding some more size to their defensive line.
A lot more size.
The Redskins are bringing in Phil Taylor, a former first-round pick of the Browns who is listed at 337 pounds, and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, who played for the Redskins last year at something around 400 pounds, for workouts, According to the Washington Post.
The Redskins are 30th in the league in rushing defense allowing an average of 130 yards per game.
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They have been trying to get by the nose tackles smaller than most teams use because they line up in a true 3-4 alignment only about 15 percent of the time. Today’s tryouts perhaps indicate that the experiment is over and that they want some bulk in the middle of the line even on the relatively small percentage of plays where they use a nose tackle.
Knighton started 15 games for the Redskins in 2015 but they were not happy with his play and let him leave as a free agent after the season. He signed with the Patriots but he did not make the roster there. There are reports that he has cut his weight to around 350 pounds. That is likely to be something the team will check on his visit to Redskins Park.
Taylor signed with the Broncos in 2015 to replace Knighton after he left for Washington but he missed the season with a knee injury.
He was with the Browns from 2011-2014 after they made him the 21st overall pick in the draft.
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