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The Most Improved Redskin: Trent Murphy

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Trent Murphy emerges for Redskins Pass Rush

In his third season in the NFL, Trent Murphy has emerged as one of the more productive players for the Washington Redskins defense. This past off-season, Murphy was transitioning to being a 3-4 defensive lineman. As Murphy bulked up to 290 pounds, he appeared headed towards the d-line rotation.

However, those plans changed when until Junior Galette tore his Achilles for the second time in consecutive seasons. The injury to Galette forced the coaching staff to transition Murphy back to outside linebacker.

After handling the transition like a true professional, Trent Murphy his now enjoying his best season in the NFL. He’s tied for the team lead in sacks with Ryan Kerrigan. (seven)

The duo of Murphy and Kerrigan are one of the more fearsome duo’s in the NFL. Kerrigan and Murphy are both tied for eighth in the NFL in sacks, as the Redskins are one of two teams with two players in the top-10 sack list. The Seattle Seahawks are the only other team in the NFL with two other players.

The pass rush overall for the Washington Redskins has been one of the more pleasant surprises so far this season. Currently, Washington is tied for fifth in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles for 25 sacks.

Joe Barry’s defense has been able to generate sacks primarily because of the play of their premier pass rushers. Ryan Kerrigan is enjoying another solid campaign and remains to be the best outside linebacker on the team. The Redskins are also hoping that Preston Smith’s breakout performance against the Vikings, carries over to the second half of the season.

Last year, Smith enjoyed much of his success down the stretch. The Redskins would most certainly love to see Smith gain momentum like he did down towards the end of his rookie year when he notched six sacks over the last eight games. If Preston Smith can amp up his production, the Redskins could potentially boast one of the more fearsome pass rushes in the NFC.