Before we turn all of our thoughts toward free agency, the NFL Draft and the 2016 season. Breaking Burgundy will put a bow on the Washington Redskins NFC East-winning 2015 campaign, player report card style. Peter Hailey on the highlights, lowlights and what the immediate future holds for all members of the Burgundy and Gold.
Player: Terrance Knighton
Position: Nose tackle
Contract status: Unrestricted free agent
Preseason buzz: Knighton has never been a lineman who’ll post a high amount of sacks or make a lot of game changing plays; his job is one where he’s supposed to free up others to do that. So the hopes for the massive lineman were that he’d do just that, while providing a bit of leadership and experience after playing for the very successful Denver Broncos before coming to D.C.
Ended 2015 as...: The primary nose tackle and a guy who played about a third of the snaps on defense.
Season highs: Against Chicago, Knighton abandoned his usual body-occupying duties and instead chose to demolish the Bears. He finished with a sack and another tackle for loss, and helped stifle Jay Cutler’s offense all day long.
Season lows: Versus Dallas in Week 13 on Monday Night Football, Pot Roast didn’t really do much at all. He played only 17 snaps and posted no stats in a game that the Redskins really should’ve won. Like the entire team that night, he was disappointing.
Off-the-field highlight: That one time the big guy dressed up as Biggie for Halloween was pretty awesome:
2016 expectations: As stated above, we aren’t judging Pot Roast just on his numbers. And I’m also not the most qualified when it comes to grading interior line play. With that being said, my opinion of Knighton’s play in 2015 is that he was good some Sundays and bad others. I think he did a terrific job of helping the Redskins improve their mindset off of the gridiron, but I’m not sure how much he helped on it. I say 50/50 he’s back, but will leave the final call to Mr. McCloughan.
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