Over the course of 11 years in the NFL, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has amassed 102.5 sacks.
The seven-time Pro Bowler has taken down his fair share of quarterbacks and will be looking to add a new name to that list on Saturday afternoon.
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and his 4.3, 40-yard dash speed will be the target.
“He’s fast. I know that,” Freeney said of Griffin III. “But I’m used to seeing fast guys, the (Michael) Vick’s, the Cam’s (Newton) and all that stuff.”
Normally, one of the many difficulties mobile quarterbacks present is their ability to leave the pocket at virtually any time.
Griffin III has only attempted 14 passes this preseason so Freeney believes he might not be looking to run as much on Saturday.
“I’m sure he wants to stay in the pocket and really establish the system and what they’re trying to do,” Freeney said. “I don’t foresee him running around as much during the preseason but who knows.”
The challenge of neutralizing Griffin III doesn’t stop in the front seven.
Safety Antoine Bethea knows the problems of defending a quarterback that can beat you with his arm and feet.
“In college, he did some great things. Just knowing what type of dual threat he is, it will be a good test for our defense just seeing what he can do and see how we can defend their offense,” Bethea said.
Bethea and a few of the members of the Colts will also get to see a familiar face on Saturday in wide receiver Pierre Garçon.
For the last four seasons, Garçon was a member of the Colts but now as a Washington Redskin, he might hear some friendly chatter from Bethea.
“There’s to be some trash talking of course, but it’s going to be fun,” Bethea said. “You know what type of player Pierre is, he’s a very strong, aggressive player that can make some plays.”
“It’s going to be good for our backend to see how we can handle those guys. RGIII has some good weapons back there. It’s all fun and games but I’m happy for Pierre and his success.”
The first team defense should get an extended look at Griffin III and Garçon with both teams expected to play their starters the longest of any game this preseason.
Freeney will have the opportunity to add Griffin III’s name to an already accomplished sack list but the chance to hit the gridiron again is what No. 93 is most happy about.
“If I’m dressing up and I got my pads on, I want to play,” Freeney said. ”I’m really looking forward to playing a whole half or whatever else I play and give it my all.”
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