Cornerback Josh Wilson credited Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins offense for keeping the defensive unit fresh in the team’s season opening win over the New Orleans Saints.
The veteran defender joined 106.7 The Fans Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier Tuesday to share his Week One thoughts.
“There were a couple moments where I had to get loose during the game – that didn’t happen a lot of times last year.” Wilson said. “They held the ball and more importantly put some drives together that allowed us to take a break against this great offense.”
Fresh legs paid dividends for the Redskins secondary against the vaunted New Orleans aerial attack led by Drew Brees.
“They have speed, they have quickness and then they have Colston who is a big body,” the cornerback said. “We just couldn’t let them get comfortable.”
Shutting down last season’s most prolific offense wasn’t the game plan for Washington. Brees still passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, but the goal was to keep them from consistently reaching the end zone.
“Our game plan was to hold up on the outside,” Wilson said. “We knew they were going to score points, we just couldn’t let them get on a roll.”
Wilson also mentioned that the team wanted to completely take Darren Sproles out of the game both on offense and special teams. Wilson acknowledged Sproles was seemingly able to pick apart teams at will last season.
When asked if the Redskins were still relishing the victory over the Saints, Wilson said he was already studying film on the St. Louis Rams.
His believes Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, whom he compared to Wes Welker, could pose a threat. Amendola has returned from an injury that kept him out of football last year. He recorded 85 catches for 689 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.
The Rams and the Redskins will meet each other Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.
Don’t forget to catch Josh Wilson for his Pick Six report every Tuesday to break down that week’s game at 11:30 on the Holden and Danny Show.