His ability to extend plays still makes him a threat. The Eagles’ Carson Wentz was able to keep multiple plays alive last week but failed to hurt Washington when he did. Give Newton that same chance and it could be a different story. At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds he’s bigger than six Redskins defensive starters.
The Redskins’ starting five has not been on the field together since Week 8 when they played Cincinnati to a 27-27 tie in London. Since then, left tackle Trent Williams missed four games because of a suspension and Long and Lauvao both missed last week vs. Philadelphia because of a concussion and groin injury, respectively.
"I'm happy where we are and where we're going," he said. "Are we a good draft year away? Maybe. Do I like the team that we're building, the identity of the team? I feel the Redskins are getting a bit of our identity, which has been a bit ambiguous for a while."
Last week the Panthers gave up more than 70 yards receiving to the Chargers' tight ends, and the week before, Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham went for more than 60 yards receiving and a TD against the Panthers.
“I don’t like to kick people when they’re down so that’s a thing that I don’t, I haven’t been taught to do,” he said. “I just see how you come up in a system and you know the guys and you build that bond and everyone knew where you were at at that very moment in time. Then one of those cogs from the system absolutely, abruptly departs and then you try to fill that void and that hole, I mean, shoot, just like anything else, it’s going to take time.”