Redskins’ Orakpo edging his way into comfort zone

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Orakpo, who grades himself a “D” so far this season because the Redskins are just 2-3, blamed the touchdown on his “rookie eyes.” Olivadotti, however, wasn’t that upset.

“Brian does need to work on pass coverage, but it’s similar to the situation Rocky had a couple of years ago against the Jets when their tight end got a couple catches on him,” Olivadotti said. “Rocky is now pretty good on the tight end. It’s a growing process. As long as the mistakes are full-speed … I’m not that concerned. Brian does enough good things that make you say, ‘You know what? We’re going to be all right.’ ”

Counting preseason, Orakpo has played 10 weeks straight - something college players don’t endure - and is surprised that he feels all right after doing so without a break. But he’s blessed with youthful flexibility that Carter so admires.

“I’m taking care of my body; that’s the most important thing. Cold tub, hot tub, anything to stay as healthy as possible,” Orakpo said. “It’s very hard for a rookie to be as productive as he wants to be. He’ll go out there and do the best he can, but he’s still learning how to play in the NFL, going against a greater level of talent, just trying to progress week in and week out.”

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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