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Josh Wilson’s confidence growing as he becomes accustomed to Redskins’ defense
“This is probably my first game I could make some of the calls,” Wilson said. “The more comfortable I get, the more opportunities I have to make plays.”
He could not practice with the team until Aug. 4 after signing a three-year, $13.5 million free-agent contract. Then, he strained his hamstring and missed the second and third preseason games.
Almost two months after joining the team, he is playing faster because of his growing familiarity with the defense.
When I know my responsibility, and I know other people’s responsibilities, too, it helps me feel more comfortable,” Wilson said. “I’m not thinking about what I need to do. I’m thinking about: what [is the opponent] doing?”
Wilson was all over the field Monday. He broke up one pass in the right flat after his receiver ran a deeper route on the outside. He read quarterback Tony Romo throwing short, so he left his man and played the underneath route.
He also broke up a fade intended for tight end Martellus Bennett in the end zone, and he denied tight end Jason Witten over the middle.
“All those plays I made on the ball are from feeling comfortable with LaRon and [safety] O.J. [Atogwe],” Wilson said. “I know I can play tighter on my guy. The play with Witten, I know I can play hard outside because I trust this guy is going to be where he’s supposed to do. It just gives me the ability to make plays on the ball.”
“As long as they keep working together, they’re going to get better and better,” he said.
Ground game remains a priority
“In the third quarter, I think it was five runs and six passes, and we were balanced then. In the fourth quarter, the problem was it’s going to get one-sided when you don’t have long drives. We had too many, I don’t know if it was three-and-outs, but it was about four-and-out and then we’d pick up a first down. We had very quick drives.”
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