Leave it to one of the best of the modern era to grade the abilities of others at intercepting pigskins.
For the third time this season, the Washington Redskins returned an interception to the house. In Week 3 cornerback DeAngelo Hall jumped Lions All-Pro Calvin Johnson’s route and picked off Matthew Stafford for a 17-yard return for a touchdown.
Then in Week 4 against the Raiders rookie David Amerson, whose decision to enter the NFL Draft was cause for all ACC quarterbacks to have a little get together and celebrate his departure from the college ranks, sniffed out a Matt Flynn pass for a 45-yard pick-six.
On Sunday, from perhaps the most unsuspecting suspect, linebacker Brian Orakpo located a wobbling ball in the air for not only his first career interception but return for touchdown as well.
Not bad for a guy who has the worst hands in the linebacking corps.
“That’s an A man,” Hall told CSN Washington’s Rob Carlin during post-game interviews when asked how he’d grade the play. “We’ve been giving him grief all week about [being] the linebacker with the worst hands. It’s just ’cause he hasn’t gotten his hands on one.
“He’s made a great play in practice where I’m like ‘Whoa, he’s probably got you beat Perry”, because Perry Riley [Jr]. hasn’t gotten an interception yet either. But after today, he’s probably two behind Ryan Kerrigan right now. All Fletch’s [London Fletcher] come right to him so we can’t give Fletcher great hands yet.”
Speaking of that Ryan Kerrigan fella who can’t seem to get enough of those FedExField end zones—well while the two might form Kerrakpo, the second half of the namesake said he was just trying to get his trying to follow his partner’s lead.
“It was a crazy feeling. I was so excited that I didn’t know what to do once I got in the end zone. It was a phenomenal feeling. I’ve been preaching that I’m trying to get my Ryan Kerrigan on, with all the picks he’s got – and [linebacker] Rob Jackson. I’m trying to catch up a little bit.”
Now all we need is for Orakpo to grade Hall’s sack ability.
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