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Washington Redskins 2014 Player Profile: Jason Hatcher, Defensive End

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Taking a look at the impact new Redskins' defensive end Jason Hatcher will have in 2014.

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Jason Hatcher

Defensive End

Grambling State

Draft Position: Round 3, Pick 92

Twitter: @hatcher97

Career Stats:

SEASON TEAM GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR YDS INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD STF STFYDS KB
2006 14 15 11 4 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
2007 16 27 22 5 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2008 16 17 11 6 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2009 16 13 9 4 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2010 13 13 9 4 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
2011 13 28 20 8 4.5 1 0 0 1 16 16 16 0 2 1 2 0
2012 16 51 27 24 4.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
2013 15 41 34 7 11.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 16 0
Career 119 205 143 62 27.0 4 4 0 1 16 16 16 0 7 15 31 0

2014 Outlook:

DeSean Jackson may have stolen the headlines as the "biggest splash" Washington made in the 2014 off-season, however, Jason Hatcher was the most important signing of the Redskins off-season. Even without Jackson, the Redskins offense would be pretty damn good, but without Hatcher the Redskins defense would not have improved as much this year. Hatcher is the biggest addition to a revamped front seven that coordinator Jim Haslett looks to turn loose in 2014. Hatcher will join fellow defensive lineman Chris Baker and outside linebackers Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Trent Murphy as the main pass-rushers for Haslett's defense that lives and dies off getting to the quarterback. If Hatcher can play to the Pro Bowl level he did in 2013, it will not only boost the front seven, but help the secondary as well. If the front seven can rush the quarterback's decision, the Redskins ball-hawking, risk taking secondary will find themselves with plenty of opportunities to make game-changing plays. Stealing Hatcher from their  divisional rival Dallas Cowboys makes the Jason Hatcher signing that much better for the Redskins. Jason Hatcher was a good signing simply because he improves the Washington Redskins, but hurting a team that you play twice a year was the cherry-on-top of the Redskins best move this off-season in my opinion. I'll predict Hatcher finishes the year with 47 tackles, 7 sacks, and two forced fumbles. It should be noted that I believe the presence of Orakpo and Kerrigan will take a toll on his sack number, making it lower than his total last year, but still solid numbers.

Roster Bubble: Options: Makes Roster, Starter

There is no doubt Jason Hatcher will make the Washington Redskins' roster in 2014, and there is equally little doubt that he will start every game as long as his health holds up. Hatcher needed to have his knee scoped following OTAs, and his return time frame was during training camp.  Hatcher will be a difference-maker in 2014, and a key improvement to a defense that although will not be top-10 in the league, is better than most people give them credit for.

Personal Information:

Some of Hatcher's most memorable tweets since joining the Redskins: