Redskins Player Profile: Jason Hatcher

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Sameer Malla

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Roy Helu

Jordan Reed

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Trent Williams

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Brian Orakpo

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Perry Riley

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As we move to the defensive side of the ball with training camp underway, we look at one of the Free-Agent acquisitions the Redskins made this past offseason in signing former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Jason Hatcher to a four-year, $27.5 million deal.

Jason Hatcher OTAs

Jason Hatcher participating in OTA's

Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik

Hatcher was drafted with the 92nd pick in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cowboys, from Grambling State University. He had spent the last 8 seasons with the team, missing only 9 games in his NFL career. Last season was his career-year, as he amassed 11 sacks and two forced fumbles with the Cowboys (his previous highs were 4.5 sacks (2011) and 4 sacks (2012)).

Jason Hatcher Stats

The signing of the 32-year-old Hatcher will look to strengthen a major weakness for the Redskins: their defense. Last season, the team ranked in the bottom-10 in: number of sacks accrued (with 36); first-downs allowed via the pass and the run (204 and 102); most receptions of 20 yards or greater (58); third-worst in points per game (29.9); second-worst in average yards per pass completion (8 yards per catch per game); and worst in rushing touchdowns allowed all season (23).

Hatcher will be used on the defensive line, primarily as a defensive end, but will play the defensive tackle position occasionally when in the 4-3 defensive set. The Redskins need him to be the same pass-rushing force he was with the Cowboys last season, as the team was in the bottom-ten in many passing defense statistics (as seen above).

Unfortunately, Jason Hatcher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in June, forcing him to miss the June minicamp and was just recently placed on the active/Physically Unable to Play list last week prior to training camp.

Hopefully, he will become healthy and get some reps sometime next month, as players on the PUP list can attend meetings but cannot practice, but can be removed from the list at any time during training camp.

Look for Hatcher, along with a rejuvenated Brian Orakpo (on a one-year deal) and Ryan Kerrigan, to wreak havoc in the NFC East this season.



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Redskins Player Profile: Brian Orakpo

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