Leading up to training camp, WarpathInsiders.com is taking a look at the Redskins' position by position. Our in-depth chart will continue through all of the positions. Today, a look at the left defensive end spot, which has a new starter moving over from the other side of the line.
Starter: Phillip Daniels
Experience: Eleventh NFL season, third with Redskins
2005: Started 16 games at right DE
Resume: Daniels was written off by many after an
injury-riddled 2004 season, but he enjoyed a nice revival season last year.
Although he had a solid year all the way through, he saved the best for last.
In Week 15 against Dallas he made
Bill Parcells look like he had a huge case of heartburn by tying a team record
with four sacks of Drew Bledsoe. He got the Redskins going that game by tipping
Bledsoe's first pass off the game, a ball that Cornelius Griffin intercepted to
set up the Redskins' first score and the rout was on. The next week he nailed
Eli Manning for an 11-yard loss and in the regular season finale he forced the
fumble that Sean Taylor scooped up and ran in for the playoff-clinching
touchdown. He will move from the right side of the line to the left to make
room for the newly-acquired Andre Carter. On that side he'll be going up
against the oppositions' right offensive tackles, generally weaker pass
blockers that those protecting most quarterbacks' blind sides. Another year of
the Phillip Daniels revival tour could be in the works.
Said about Daniels: "Phillip's playing as well
as I've ever seen him play. He's playing real well. When we were at Seattle, he
was our run-stopping guy. You couldn't even run the ball to his side. Now he's
making it so that you can't even throw the ball to his side. I told Phillip I
want to come over and play on the right side because he puts so much pressure
on the quarterbacks."—Shawn Springs, Daniels' teammate when they both played
John Keim's Inside Juice: He'll play on the left
side, which should suit him well. Despite his sack flurry at season's end,
he's a run-stopper and this is the run-stopping side. Daniels has strong hands
and excels at maintaining position. It's why he plays the run so well. But
with Andre Carter on the other side, the Redskins should have two ends capable
of applying pressure, something they haven't had in a while.
Depth: Renaldo Wynn started in this spot last year
and he'll get plenty of time in the rotation, particularly in running
situations. The swing man will be Demetric Evans, a solid backup.
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