Montae Nicholson - The 96-yard interception return for a touchdown was an impressive display of playmaking ability and speed, but more than that, it was the culmination of a strong offseason and training camp. For the Redskins to be a Top 10 defense, Nicholson needs to be the hard-hitting stud that Washington fans saw glimpses of as a rookie in 2017.
This signing immediately addresses a position of need as Washington’s linebacker room is banged up. Reuben Foster was ruled out of the entire season due to a torn ACL he suffered in May, Josh Harvey-Clemmons is going through concussion protocol while strengthening an ailing knee, and Shaun Dion Hamilton is still questionable with a chest injury.
“Do I feel that way?” Saints coach Sean Payton asked. “Yes, just because of how much we’re restricted in the spring and quite honestly, what we’re restricted in training camp. I know the challenge oftentimes is that fourth preseason game, but I can’t think of a season here where that fourth preseason game didn’t mean something to a handful of players that were in it.”
“Dwayne shows flashes,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said after the game. “There’s a couple of balls that he probably rushed a little bit. I think he missed a couple of shots that he rushed a little bit, that he didn’t put enough air under them, but this is all a learning process for him. It’s good to see him get out there and take some hits here and there, have to deal with protections and get the running game going, call the plays.