“Obviously, there’s some stuff I would like to work on, some counter moves and stuff like that to get some more sacks, some more pressures,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I’m not going to divert from my game. I’m a physical pass rusher and I like to get into [offensive] tackles and I like to get after it.”
Only fantasy-league players think statistics are the be-all and end-all. Orakpo is working to become a better overall linebacker, which includes defending the run and dropping back in coverage. He ended Tuesday’s practice with a beautiful, one-handed interception of Rex Grossman.
“Instead of just working on my pass rush, I want to work on everything,” Orakpo said. “My run defense, pass drops everything it takes to be an elite player.”
Reaching that level is the ultimate goal, even if it doesn’t include being an elite pass rusher. That could be as good as it gets for Orakpo and the Redskins.
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