"[Barry] wants to run with it, which I think is cool," Compton said. "He was like, ‘What do you think about the wolf pack?' I'm like, ‘It's cool, but you've got everybody in the wolf pack.' It's got to be like a sacred thing. At Nebraska, everybody on defense isn't a blackshirt. We don't just throw them out to everybody. It's a little more sacred, so you're kind of blowing it up too much, but I love it. We all feed off of it."
Coming off of a career year and the best offseason as a pro thus far, Jordan Reed appears primed for a big year. Nearly every matchup seems favorable for the 6-foot-3, 246-pound Reed, and the same applies to Week 1, where he'll face a Steelers defense that tends to struggle against tight ends. Shazier has good speed and athleticism, which serves him well against the run. But pass coverage hasn't been his forte. Look for the Steelers to use Mitchell to help the linebackers cover Reed. But Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay will move the tight end all over the field to create as many one-on-one matchups as possible. There's also the presence of Vernon Davis, which will force Pittsburgh to devote a fair amount of attention to him simultaneously. Kirk Cousins and his favorite target, Reed, should connect often.
"It doesn't bother me at all," corner DeAngelo Hall said. "I wasn't here for all 14 of those losses, even though I was here for a couple. I don't even remember how many prime-time games we've played. Each team is different. Each team takes on its own identity. This team is not going to be compared to the team in 2010 or even last year, for that matter. It's different guys, different weapons. The only thing that's the same is the jersey.
They also averaged 1.42 yards after contact -- a running back issue. That's one reason they didn't want to pay Alfred Morris to stick around. It's also a reason why you can be skeptical about Jones, who was part of that group. A good back can help both the pre- and post-contact yards stats by how they set up defenders on cutbacks, for example. When you're getting instant pressure? Not on the back.
"I'm playing," Golston said. "My back tightened up on me. Nothing out of the ordinary, just something where your back gets tight and you have to calm it down. The good thing is we're playing Monday, so we have an extra day and I'll use that to rest up and get ready to play."