Duke Ihenach is on a new team with a new role. But he knows his strengths, and he can apply them right away. The 25 year old will be quick to lay down the hammer.
“I just bring some physicality, man, and playmaking ability,” Ihenacho said, via ESPN.com, “a little more excitement, a little more passion to the game.”
Where he’ll apply that physicality isn’t exactly certain. He was just picked up on waivers Monday.
“I don’t know the defense too much,” Ihenacho said. “Hopefully I’ll get squared up.”
There’s one placed they’d love to have him: special teams. Via ESPN.com, the Redskins are attempting to ramp up their special teams this season. Ihenacho can be a part of that.
“I think kickoff is the easiest thing in the world,” Ihenacho said. “If you’ve got that mentality then they put you on kickoff because you like doing it.”
Ihenacho took Akeem Davis’ spot on the roster. Davis was just as able on special teams, but Ihenacho has more experience from scrimmage.
“He’s a tough guy and became available,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “We thought he could be immediate help and we’re lucky we got him.”
He may be relied upon at safety while Brandon Meriweather serves his two-game suspension.
“It depends on how quickly he picks it up mentally,” Gruden said. “I envision him participating in some capacity, but it’s too early to tell. We’ll see how much he can pick up and help on special teams. Whether he’s activated or not, we’ll see.”