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Jaguars @ Redskins Enemy Player Profile: Chris Clemons

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Taking a look at a former Redskin coming back to DC to face his old team, and how the Redskins can slow him down.

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CountryTheave Chris Clemons his first shot in the NFL, signing him as an undrafted free-agent in 2003. Injuries never really allowed Clemons to prove his worth to the Redskins and he was cut before the 2004 season. However, like most players the Redskins release, he went on to be successful elsewhere (just like Richard Crawford will).

It took Clemons a few years to prove his worth, but he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a fourth round pick in 2010. With Seattle, injuries forced the Seahawks to use Clemons more than they originally intended to, and Clemons seized the opportunity and never looked back. Clemons led the team with 11 sacks in 2011-2012.

Clemons tore his ACL in his first trip back to Washington with Seattle (yes the playoff game RG III tore his as well) before coming back the next season to help the Seahawks win the super bowl. The year after the super bowl, Clemons was cut and signed with his former defensive coordinator and now head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars Gus Bradley.

Bradley has spent his time in Jacksonville trying to build a strong defense that replicates what he helped build in Seattle. Although Jacksonville's defense is better than most people give them credit for, they simply don't have the talent that Seattle does.

The Jags may not have the talent the Seahawks do, but the Redskins haven't been the offensive juggernaut they have the potential to be either, and the Redskins offensive line has continued to be a weak point of the roster. The Jags forced 5 sacks against Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles in week one, and have enough talent to get after the quarterback.

The Redskins will have to establish more offensive rhythm against the Jaguars than they had in week one, and that will start by protecting RG III from Clemons and the rest of the Jags front seven. The Redskins will likely give Jacksonville a heavy dose of Alfred Morris in the beginning of the game, and try to use play action to establish the deep passing game. I would also expect the Redskins to use Griffin's mobility more this week, featuring bootlegs and getting him out of the pocket. You may even see a zone read play or two called this Sunday.

The Redskins simply have too much offensive talent to only score 6 points in a game. The Jaguars defense aren't slouches, but it is a match up that the Redskins should be able to win. Winning that battle starts at the line of scrimmage, and it will decide which team will leave Sunday 1-1 with plenty of hope for the season and who will leave 0-2 and the odds stacked up against them.