Albert Haynesworth has been a pain in the ass since the time he has arrived in Washington. It looked at times like the Redskins might trade him and at other times that he would never play because he couldn’t pass a conditioning test. He’s also been plagued by injury this year which has kept him off the field. However, when Haynesworth is in shape and on the field, there’s no denying that the guy has talent.
With the way the Eagles have let two rookie defensive tackles, Ndamukong Suh and Tyson Alualu, tear them up the last two weeks, you have to think that the Redskins will want Haynesworth out there trying to bust up the Eagles line. At 6-6 335 pounds, he is a force to be reckon with in the middle. Although he didn’t start the game or record a tackle against the Rams last week, he did see a lot of time on the field and said his ankle held up fine.
As of this writing, Haynesworth still isn’t listed as a starter on the depth chart and may not start the game. However, I do think Haynesworth will see a lot of time this Sunday against the Eagles. Despite his off the field issues, he’s too good of a player on the field to be left sitting on the bench.
From the Lions game to the Jaguars game, I think the Eagles did a better job of protecting Michael Vick. He still saw a pretty good amount of pressure but there were some missed blocks the led to this. We even saw the Eagles go as far as using eight blockers and just two receivers. The play resulted in a touchdown throw to Jeremy Maclin.
I believe the Eagles will continue to try and use double tight end sets more to try and protect Vick. This allows interior guys to double team players like Haynesworth. However, this leaves holes for blitzing linebackers so the running backs need to do a better job at picking up blocks.
The good news is that we have a very evasive quarterback who can make plays with his feet, but you don’t want to see him do this on every play. Come Sunday, the way the Eagles interior line holds up against Haynesworth and company will have a huge impact on the game.
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