A Washington Redskins team struggling to stop the run and desperate to improve in that area, is calling in some beef to add more size to the defensive line. Specifically, former Washington Redskins nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton and former Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor, will be working out at Redskins Park.
Knighton, a former Jacksonville Jaguar and Denver Bronco, played with the Skins in 2015, but reportedly weighed about 400 pounds last year and his performance suffered. Washington expressed little interest in keeping him around and allowed him to leave via free agency to the New England Patriots. However, Knighton did not make the team in New England and remains a free agent.
Phil Taylor, the 21st overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns in 2011, signed with the Broncos in 2015 to replace Knighton, but he missed the entire season with a knee injury. In the absence of both Knighton and Taylor, the Broncos built one of the greatest defenses in recent decades and won the Super Bowl.
Knighton is reportedly down to about 350 pounds, a size Washinton would almost certainly prefer to the four bills Knighton played at in 2015. Phil Taylor is officially listed at 337 pounds, but both players will be weighed at Redskins Park to determine the truth.
The Redskins are giving up 130 rushing yards per game, third-worst in the entire NFL. The truth is even worse, however. The Skins give up 5.1 yards per carry, the worst in the league and have also yielded eight touchdown runs, tied with the Saints and Chargers for worst in the NFL.
After last season’s failed experiment with Knighton at nose tackle, the Skins decided to get smaller at that position, using Kedric Golston and Ziggy Hood, who is far more suited to the DE position in a 3-4 defense.
Bringing in both Knight and Taylor seems to indicate the Washington front office is reconsidering its position and looking to get much bigger alone the defensive line in the hopes of improving its play against the run.