Orakpo and Davis returning from injuries – 7 things to look for in Redskins preseason opener

Brian Orakpo creates facemask inspired by Batman villain Bane

(Photo: Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Linebacker Brian Orakpo’s 2012 season ended with a Week 2 pectoral muscle tear He’s back, with his eyes on Defensive Player of the Year and a long-term contract Orakpo, who rookie deal ends after this season, says he wants to be a “Redskin for life” SHARE 42 CONNECT 8 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE ASHBURN, Va. Brian Orakpo is the other Washington Redskins starter returning from major surgery. The pass-rushing linebacker — coming off a season-ending torn pectoral muscle suffered in Week 2 last season — hopes to share something else with quarterback Robert Griffin 3, besides all those grueling hours spent rehabbing this offseason. “If we can both get Comeback Player of the Year honors, that would be remarkable, that would mean we did something special as a team,” Orakpo told USA TODAY Sports after Thursday’s practice. “Me and Griff worked extremely hard to not let our fans and this team down, because we know how much they rely on both of us. “If we come back at full strength like I know we both will, we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with.” RGIII: Says he’ll be ready for camp ‘without a doubt’ A share of Comeback Player of the Year honors is not the only individual goal Orakpo is chasing. “Defensive Player of the Year is a goal of mine,” Orakpo said. “I worked extremely hard this offseason and Defensive Player of the Year is very obtainable.” Griffin said all that hard work is showing for the linebacker who counts 28.5 sacks during his first three healthy seasons. “Rak’s been great,” Griffin said.

For Brian Orakpo, it’s not all about sacks — and yet it is

Brian Orakpo and Stephen Bowen sack the Rams Sam Bradford in 2011. After 11, 8.5 and 9 sacks his first three seasons, Orakpo got hurt in Week 2 last season, and hopes to tally up the sacks this year without compromising the rest of his game.

I havent been out here in a while as far as live competition, said Orakpo. So Im a little more excited than most people. Im gonna go out here and just try and do what I can. Orakpo is the heart of the Redskins defense and brings an elite pass-rushing presence. Davis is a big, fast, and athletic tight end that gives Washington another target in the passing game. He’ll probably be their second best receiving threat after Pierre Garcon. I just want to go out there and be able to make plays, play the best that I can and see how I run after the catch, Davis said Tuesday.

Brian Orakpo, Fred Davis are bright spots in Redskins’ preseason opener

”As long as both sides take care of our business, that shouldn’t be a problem. The coaches know what I mean to this organization. We’re going to let things take care of (themselves). I’m all about football. I’ll let my agents handle that.” Notes: Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt , who started eight games as a rookie in 2011 and one last season, had arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday. …

The mask debuted at Redskins training camp this week. NFL players, particularly linebackers, have a sort of unofficial running contest as to who can come up with the craziest facemask. So far, Just Tuck of the New York Giants has always been considered the clubhouse leader. Orakpo’s Bane-inspired mask may have finally topped him, though. Besides being kooky, masks like Orakpo’s do serve a purpose: keeping opponent’s fingers out of a players eyes, nose and mouth. So, NFL fashion watchers, who wore it best: Brian or Bane?

Redskins’ Orakpo: I’m ‘100 percent’

Image: Brian Orakpo of the Washington Redskins (© Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

4. There is solid depth on the offensive side of the ball with good backups at offensive tackle, tight end, running back, quarterback and wide receiver. It’s a classic Bruce Allen roster with players who the team can win with on the back end of the roster. 5. There are three rookies trying to crack the starting lineup in the secondary, safeties Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas as well as corner David Amerson . My bet is one of the safeties will crack the lineup. Amerson also made a great play on a deep ball that caught the attention of the veteran corners. 6.

Brian Orakpo: Defensive Player of the Year is ‘very obtainable’

And I know I can. For Orakpo, stepping it up against division opponents would help. In 18 career starts against Dallas, Philadelphia and the New York Giants, Orakpo only has 3.5 sacks. He failed to get one sack in his first two seasons. Thats the sort of thing that tends to comes up in contract talks. Also, Orakpos next interception will be his first.

With healthy RG3, Orakpo, Redskins out to prove NFC East title no fluke

“I feel great. I’m 100 percent. They’re not holding me back. I’m out here doing my thing. It (stinks) to miss a year, but when you miss a year, you get to rejuvenate your body, let everything else that was nagging you heal up (too).

Brian Orakpo says he is “fresh”

He put pressure on Titans quarterback Jake Locker on a third-down play on Tennessees opening possession of the night. Orakpo didnt get a sack on that play. But he forced Locker to move up in the pocket, and fellow outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was there for a sack. Orakpo got a sack on the Titans third review possession of the game, maneuvering around Tennessee left tackle Michael Roos on the outside before chasing down Locker. Its just preseason, Orakpo said. Im just trying to get back acclimated to the game.

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