Josh Wilson joined the Holden and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan today as part of his new weekly segment. Wilson discussed how the Redskins have upgraded their roster this year and acquired a good group of guys to accomplish their goals.
One player who won’t be able to help the Redskins this year is Safety Tanard Jackson, who was suspended for the year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
“It would have been nice to have T-Jack back there, but fortunately with that situation we still have guys back there that can step up and make plays behind us,” said Wilson.
The two defensive backs grew up playing against each other with Wilson attending Dematha high school (Hyattsville, MD), about 20 miles west of Jackson’s Alma Matter The Bullis School (Potomac, MD).
“Knowing Tanard [Jackson] since high school, I’ve known him for a long time, I know what type of guy he is,” Wilson said. “I think it is an unfortunate situation and a little more depth than what is being [discussed]. The guy is a good guy, and he got caught in a bad situation that will cost him.”
Jackson had been thought of as a potential starter for the Redskins at one of the Safety spots. Despite that, Wilson still thinks the strength of this team lies on the defense, the defensive line specifically.
“They are getting to the Quarterback and not letting them get comfortable,” Wilson said.
The defensive line applied heavy pressure to the Indianapolis Colts and Quarterback Andrew Luck during the third pre-season game, which is generally considered the closest to a real game in terms of how long the starters play. The team had 14 knock downs and Wilson thinks the defensive line should get that type of pressure all year.
Wilson also mentioned how it is his, as well as the other corner backs job to shut down receivers. He says that if he can shut them down for up to five seconds, that should be more than enough time for Linebacker’s Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to get to any quarterback.
Getting those five seconds can be difficult. Especially at Wilson’s height, he is listed at just 5-foot-9. Although Wilson joked he is actually 5-foot-9 and a half.
Wilson did say, however, “That it is more important to be a football player in the NFL, rather than just look like one.”