After playing a career high 37 snaps last week against the Bengals, rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens could see the field even more for the Redskins against the Packers.
Green Bay's offense passes the ball about 65 percent of their plays, and with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, that breakdown makes sense. Considering the Packers often line up receivers Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at the same time, it's likely the Washington defense will deploy their nickel set quite often on Sunday night. More nickel likely means more Cravens.
"Su’a is a playmaker," 'Skins defensive coordinator Joe Barry said this week.
"I think if we can be creative with putting him in different positions – whether it’s standard just linebacker positions or other positions – around a formation to be able to make plays."
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It's Cravens' flexibility that the Skins will need against the Packers, and speaking with folks around the team, Cravens should be given a bit more freedom to roam on Sunday night.
The rookie out of USC can cover or blitz, and has shown the ability to get home on opposing quarterbacks. In their last meeting - a playoff loss to Green Bay - Washington struggled getting to Rodgers, and it's clear the Redskins brass wants that to look different tonight.
Rodgers has noticed what Cravens can do for the Washington defense. "He’s a very good blitzer, he’s a good tackler, plays in space well," Rodgers said of Cravens.
"He’s obviously the kind of guy who might not fit into one specific role for a team, but he’s just so talented you have to find a way to get him out there. So they’ve obviously found a way to get him out there for some significant snaps and he’s played really well."
For a little more on the rookie, check out this video from Pro Football Focus:
A look at Redskins rookie Su'a Cravens pic.twitter.com/hhVl5j576y— PFF (@PFF) November 20, 2016
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