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Expect to see plenty of Su'a Cravens against Packers on Sunday Night

Expect to see plenty of Su'a Cravens against Packers on Sunday Night

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:

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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Sean Taylor is scaring Pro Bowl punters like Tress Way to this day

Sean Taylor is scaring Pro Bowl punters like Tress Way to this day

The Pro Bowl may not count for anything other than an accolade on a player's resume, but it has delivered some memorable moments over the years. 

Maybe the best Pro Bowl play ever was when Sean Taylor leveled former Bills punter Brian Moorman when the AFC tried to run a fake in the 2006 Pro Bowl. 

Tress Way is representing the Redskins in the 2020 Pro Bowl and still has that play in the back of his mind. 

When asked whether he'd try to pull off a fake punt of his own on Sunday, Way said yes but under specific conditions. 

Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jamal Adams are the starting safeties for the AFC, so while both are great players and Adams is a hard-hitter in his own right, none of them are Taylor. 

So if you see the NFC pull off a fake punt and Tress Way quickly gets rid of the ball, you'll know why. 

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