With some time to breath before the start of training camp next month, we have the opportunity to go back and highlight some of the “under-the-radar” moves the team did since January—and trust me there have been a lot of moves if you think about it.
In February, the Redskins signed nose tackle Ron Brace. Brace, drafted in the second round (40th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, had spent his entire four-year career with the New England Patriots.
The 6-3, 330 pound Brace (not sure how anyone could miss that) will join fellow nose tackles Barry Cofield ,Chris Neild, and Chris Baker to form a deadly quartette of stoppers in the center of the Redskins defensive line.
While Brace may not be a household name in our Nation’s Capital (yet), he is a recurring nightmare for at least once running back—Denver’s Lance Ball.
Check out this video clip of Brace forcing the pigskin out of Ball’s hands in the second quarter of a 2011 regular season matchup between the AFC foes.
New England would recover the loose ball, score a go-ahead touchdown and not surrender the lead again.
They can thank Ron for that.
Before being selected in the second round of the draft, Brace had a terrorizing collegiate career at Boston College from 2005-2008.
In his senior year he was an instrumental contributor to one of college football’s sturdiest defenses along with fellow BC Eagle BJ Raji. Together, they limited opponents to a measly 18.5 points per contest. He also garnished All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team honors that season after holding foes to 91 rushing yards per game, seventh best in FBS.
Brace has appeared in 39 regular season games in his professional career, starting seven. Throughout his stint in New England, in games that he started, the Patriots went 6-1.
He has amassed 39 tackles in the NFL to go along with his forced fumble against Denver.
Please join us in giving Ron Brace a warm welcome to Redskins Nation!
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