NFC East Top 20: No. 19 Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo calls ban on grill-style face masks ‘disheartening’

Orakpo No. 19 — Brian Orakpo , Washington Redskins LB (Last year’s rank: 14) There were players who dropped off of last year’s list due to poor 2012 performance and injury issues, and clearly, this ranking indicates that Orakpo nearly met that same fate. But this ranking speaks to the extent to which I believe in Orakpo as a disruptive pass-rushing force when he’s healthy. He is healthy right now, he’s having a strong training camp and claims to have addressed his season-ending pectoral muscle injury more effectively than he did the year before. So I have decided to give him the benefit of the doubt based on the 28.5 sacks he had in his first three NFL seasons and my expectations for what he can do this year if he plays all 16 games. The Redskins defense continues to be designed around the idea of Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan as edge pass-rushers, which means it’s set up for those guys to pile up sacks. Kerrigan is entering his third NFL season, so he’s likely to draw more attention than he did as a rookie in 2011, the last time Orakpo was healthy and playing alongside him for an extended period of time. All of this, plus the fact that it’s the final year of Orakpo’s contract, lead me to believe that big things are in store for a player who’s shown the ability to be a top pass-rusher when he’s been healthy. If he’d been healthy last year, I believe he’d rank higher on this list.

Redskins’ Brian Orakpo not concerned about thigh injury

Orakpo is particularly strong against the run, and in our scheme, we rely heavily on stopping the run first, Orakpo said. Thats what Haz wants us to do. Once we do that, then we get after it (rush the passer). Im not rushing as much as some of those other guys (3-4 outside linebackers). And you have a lot of one-dimensional guys out there. All they do is get after it. Man, I take pride in everything I do in my craft.

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

“I’m a little ahead of schedule because I went down to Texas to start rehabbing earlier than Griff. But I’m very confident Griff will be back Week 1, ready to go. You can see out here how well he’s moving and throwing the ball. “He looks great. And his return Week 1 is going to pay tribute to a successful season for us.” PHOTOS: OTAs around the NFL St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends against wide receiver Chris Givens (13) during organized team activities at ContinuityX Training Center. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, drags a heavy chain as he backpeddles during OTAs. Michael Keating, AP Houston Texans nose tackle David Hunter (72) runs through a drill during OTAs. David J. Phillip, AP Oakland Raiders quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor (6) and Matt Flynn (15) throw passes at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) during organized team activities at Baptist Sports Park. Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) walks off the field following organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) talks with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan as the leave the field following organized team activities at the Saints training facility. Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs drills at organized team activities at Winter Park. Bruce Kluckhohn, USA TODAY Sports Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Graham (24) catches a pass during organized team activities. Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY Sports Anquan Boldin (81) practices a route during NFL football practice at the team’s training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. 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Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) participates in organized team activities at the UPMC Sports Complex. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs Curtis Brown (31), Josh Victorian (35) and Troy Polamalu (43) participate in drills during organized team activities at the UPMC Sports Complex. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches as wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) makes a catch during an organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. Ted S. Warren, AP Buffalo Bills’ Mario Williams (94) runs a drill with Jarron Gilbert (96 )during an optional NFL workout in Orchard Park, N.Y. David Duprey, AP Cleveland Browns defensive back Abdul Kanneh (40) misses a pass during organized team activities at the team’s training facility. David Richard, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during organized team activities at Halas Hall. 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“He can make some of the other players better, where you’re able to pressure the quarterback, get sacks on the quarterback. And also from a gameplan standpoint, the offensive coordinators have to account for him, so he’s going to help other guys play better football.” The injured Orakpo missed out on the Redskins’ season-ending seven-game winning streak and first NFC East title since 1999, and it was like doing plenty to help plan the party, but then missing out on all the fun. BELLER: Can RGIII be a fantasy difference-maker? “I always say it was tough, it was also a joy to watch,” Orakpo said. “I wanted to be part of that run, but at the same time it was enjoyable to watch our team, to watch the Redskins finally doing well after so many down years. I was a fan watching them myself. “But we want to be there year in and year out. We don’t want to be one of those one-hit wonders and go back to being the bottom of the barrel.

Brian Orakpo Re-Emerges On Top 20

Thomas Boswell The Redskins havent maintained a cohesive roster for more than 20 years, but that is changing. Complete coverage Thats becoming clear. Good in his first two seasons, Kerrigan is ready to take the leap to great. The outside linebacker is strong, smart and focused on helping the Washington Redskins become a perennial winner again. Together with Orakpo, Kerrigan forms an edge-rushing tandem expected to accomplish a lot this season.

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It was pretty disheartening. But I’ll be all right. One guy who wasn’t denied? Chris Canty . Chris Canty has medical clearance to wear his non-conforming face mask. (USATSI) Canty, now with the Ravens, has the NFL equivalent of a doctor’s note to wear a grill-style face mask. I invented it, Canty told the Baltimore Sun recently .

Brian Orakpo calls ban on grill-style face masks ‘disheartening’

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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.

Just stuff, you get nicked up in camp, so just precaution. Youve got to be smart, Orakpo said. Im not sure what the staff wants, but well figure it out. Its a day-to-day process with this. I had a knee to the quad, so once it calms down, well see where were at. Orakpo suffered the injury while trying to defend a running play in Thursdays practice. Guard Adam Gettis inadvertently kneed the linebacker in the right quad. Orakpo watched Fridays practice, and spent much of it riding the stationary bike at the edge of the field. He jogged off the field following the final huddle break and to the locker room. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Orakpo hasnt yet been ruled out for Mondays preseason game against Pittsburgh.

Brian Orakpo’s recovery overshadowed but no less crucial for Redskins

(USATSI) If you’re a fan of the futuristic-looking face masks above, we have some bad news for you: The NFL has banned them because they’re an oppressive regime that saps originality out of every facet of the game. In corporate speak, that sounds like this: The gear is a prohibited non-standard customized face mask.” This development makes Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo very sad because, well, he’s big on originality. I don’t know, Orakpo said via the Washington Post . It’s kind of tough. Obviously it’s different. And it does have a sort of look appeal to it. But it’s also for protection as well. We’re supposed to be all about protection and we get denied for something that benefits us. It’s something that’s kind of disheartening.

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