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Film Review: Albert Haynesworth’s participation last night
Albert Haynesworth took a big step last night toward joining the first string as the right defensive end.
“That’s what they wanted me to do this week, so we practice a lot at end to get a feel for it and everything,” he said.
Here’s a breakdown of his participation in the Redskins’ 16-11 preseason win over the New York Jets.
***Haynesworth played a total of 30 plays by my count. Coach Mike Shanahan said the target was 30, so they met that goal on the nose.
***Of those 30 plays:
He played 14 as a right defensive end in the base 3-4 alignment.
He played 15 in the two-lineman nickel package (regular nickel).
He played 1 as a 3-technique in a 4-3 alignment.
He did not play any snaps as the nose tackle in the 3-4 alignment.
***Of Haynesworth’s 14 plays as a right defensive end in the base 3-4:
He played six with the starting defense.
He played six with the second string defense (although starting LDE Adam Carriker was in for one of those).
He played two with the starting defensive line (LDE Adam Carriker and NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu) but with second-stringers at linebacker and in the secondary.
***Of Haynesworth’s 15 plays in the nickel package:
He lined up as a nose tackle on 9 of them. He was to the left of the other D-lineman on five of those plays and was to the right on four. Vonnie Holliday was that other defensive lineman for 14 of the plays. Kedric Golston was in for the other.
He played the 3-technique on 3 plays.
He played right defensive end on 3 plays.
***Haynesworth rushed from a two-point stance twice.
I’ll have more on the Haynesworth’s play a bit later.