Reed Doughty: Washington Redskins’ Best Safety

June 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

He doesn't talk a lot of trash, and he doesn't often make the highlight reels for the biggest hits. He doesn't complain about his playing time and he doesn't whine about his contract.
What does Reed Doughty do? He makes tackles, he prevents big plays, and rarely makes mistakes.
In 2009, Doughty ranked third on the team in tackles with 91, despite being a starter for only seven games, and being limited by back and ankle injuries. He doesn't miss tackles because his technique is fundamentally sound—he wraps up, rather than just lowering his shoulder for a big hit.
Contrast Doughty's tackling technique with Laron Landry's—Landry rarely tries to wrap up on his tackles and is always looking for the big hit. The result—a lot of Landry's tackling attempts are whiffs, and offensive players often bounce off for bigger gains.
Doughty is also very reliable in the passing game. He rarely misses assignments and this is due in large part to his intelligence. Lik...

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