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“The offensive line will have to be pretty balanced across the board,” Kerrigan said. “That’s what we want. We want versatility, and we’ve got that with all of the guys we have across the board up front.”

Haslett welcomes the challenge of getting Orakpo, Kerrigan and Jackson on the field, especially because Jackson made several game-changing interceptions and sacks late last season after he became an every-down player.

That’s a bonus. As long as Orakpo is available, the Redskins believe their defense is significantly better than last season.

He proved them right on that repetition during one-on-one drills Tuesday. Orakpo dipped his left shoulder on a speed rush and turned the corner around Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.

Orakpo reached the red flag on the ground where the quarterback would be. Then he got back in line to do it again.