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London Fletcher Welcomes Veteran Additions

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 3, 2011 – 4:53 pm

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With a compressed offseason-rolling-into-free-agency-rolling-into-training-camp scenario unfolding in the last 10 days, the media has fawned over roster additions and subtractions on defense.

Meanwhile, the leader of the defense has patiently sat back and focused on football.

Going into his 14th season, London Fletcher is gearing up for another big year.  Even though he seems to performs at a high level no matter who is around him, Fletcher said he is excited to welcome free agent additions to the fold.

“I know those guys can play,” he said.  “We’ve played the Giants, I’ve seen Barry [Cofield] and what he can do.  Y’know Stephen [Bowen], we’ve played against the Cowboys, I know what he can do.  Obviously OJ [Atogwe] is somebody big for us.  It’s definitely gonna help elevate us to a place we wanna be defensively.”

The Redskins have added some quality players and quality human-beings to their defense so far this offseason.  With the subtraction of some ego from the lockerroom, I would expect to see Fletcher’s influence over this squad grow even more.

After last year’s poorly-ranked defense, I’d say that’s definitely a good thing.

Check out the full video of his post-practice comments below:

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4 Responses to “London Fletcher Welcomes Veteran Additions”

  1. By T.J. on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Brian for those of us that live too far away to make it what does Coefield look like in person? His listed weight is 306 and a lot of pundits are saying he is too small to play the nose. Does he look bigger than that in person? Does he look sturdy enough to stand up to the NT position?

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @ T.J.
    I was waiting on this one until I see him in pads and see him in action, but I can tell you a little bit now. Cofield is listed at 306, but he says that was his weight at the combine as a senior in college. I think that was a meals ago for him, and he revealed that he’s now a few burgers north of 306. I’m not saying he’s fat, because he passed the eye-test for a lineman in shape. I’ll get the official weight later in the preseason, but that will be kept under wraps for now. What I can say so far is that he does look big, and I think he was targeted as a guy that could make the transition from a 4-3 DT to a 3-4 NT. He’s also supposedly athletic enough to rotate to DE. I’ll have more of this info tomorrow when I see him in his gear. Hope this helps!

  3. By brennsdad on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Jay Ratliff is under 300 and a pro bowl NT. It all depends on how the scheme works him.

  4. By T.J. on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    I look forward to seeing Neild get his snaps in during the preseason, he seems like the type of guy that’s easy to root for.

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