If Redskins fans think Jim Hasletts defense features a lot of pre-snap movement and pass rushes coming from every angle, wait until they get a first-hand look at the Jets on Sunday.
A trademark of Rex Ryans scheme is blitzing multiple players from one side, creating a numbers problem that results in pressure on the quarterback.
But the Jets are solid on the back end, too. They rank eighth in pass defense and cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie have combined for seven interceptions (and 289 return yards).
Those guys dont get beat a whole lot, Redskins receiver Donte Stallworth said. They have a good pressure scheme that gets to the quarterback so you dont have a lot of time to mess with your route. If youre not on the top of your game, those guys can beat you up pretty good.
Although offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said teams dont spend all day challenging Revis, the Redskins cant afford to stay away from either.
I dont think people ever just attack Revis, Shanahan said. The problem is, Revis is usually on your best player so you dont just want to give up and have your best player be out of the game. If you want your best player to be a part of the game, youve got to attack them.
The Redskins do enter with some offensive momentum. Quarterback Rex Grossman was 26-of-35 for 314 yards in last weeks win over Seattle and the offensive line allowed only one sack.
I think their protections are better, Ryan said. In the last game, they did a nice job mixing the run and the pass and their receivers are good route runners theyre pros.
Helu, The Receiver
One reason why rookie running back Roy Helu has seized a spot in the Redskins starting lineup is because of his ability as a receiver. It should be considered a surprise since he had only 54 catches in 48 games at Nebraska.
He already has 38 catches in 11 games for the Redskins.
Hes come a long way, Kyle Shanahan said. We knew he had skills as far as catching the ball and being able to run. He wasnt used in that manner and hes a guy who isnt scared to do it. Hes very conscientious and works at it. Its just been a gradual process and hes gotten better at it each week because hes doing the best that hes done right now.
Hurt On Meyer
Redskins left guard Maurice Hurt played his college football at Florida for new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
If an Ohio State lineman called me for advice, I would just tell them, Urban is a great coach and a great guy. Hell expect a lot from you but will always have your back, Hurt said. Hes going to be somebody who will demand discipline and perfection but hes also a people person and you can always talk to him.
Back-up quarterback Mark Brunell is the only former Redskin on the Jets roster.
Kickoff coverage will be important for the Redskins. Joe McKnight leads the NFL with a 34.7-yard average on 26 returns, including a 107-yard touchdown against Baltimore (the longest play in Jets history).
The Jets will be without starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito (knee). The rest of the roster went through the full practice on Friday.
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