Redskins’ Orakpo, Carriker to miss rest of year with injuries

Struggling defense will see if depth is up to the test

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That receiver Danny Amendola finished with 15 catches for 160 yards was tough enough to stomach, but the problems weren’t solely in coverage. Crawford said the defensive backs should have been more physical on Amendola, but the consensus was that tackling is the glaring problem.

“Tackling, mental errors, it’s a whole bunch of stuff,” Jackson said. “We’re going against different offenses, week in and week out. We’ve just got to prepare a lot better and be ready for anything.”

Two major injuries showed the Redskins have to be ready for anything and everything. They could be without four starters Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals if safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) and cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) are unable to play.

With or without those defensive backs, Shanahan hopes the defense can improve quickly. The one silver lining is perhaps that the Redskins have some time to figure all this out.

“We gave up a lot of yards and we were out of position,” Jackson said. “Just happy that it’s the second game of the season and we can come back next week and regroup and fix the little things that we did wrong.”

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