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Defense Wants To Get Pressure On Andrew Luck

Leading the way for the Indianapolis Colts's No. 1-rated offense is third-year quarterback Andrew Luck, a player Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Friday is the "total package as far as what you're looking for as a quarterback."

"Some of these guys can come in here, avoid pressure, step up, avoid, keep their eyes downfield and still deliver accurate balls," Gruden said. "That's the one thing about him. He can throw accurate balls from a lot of different arm angles and body positions.

Gruden said Luck has proven he can attack a defense from many angles.

"He doesn't always have to be on full balance to deliver strikes," the first-year head coach said. "He can hurt you throwing off one leg, off his back foot, scrambling to his right, scrambling to his left."

On the season, Luck has thrown for 3,641 yards and 29 touchdowns for a passer rating just shy of 100. The Colts' passing attack as a whole ranks No. 1 in the league with 323.1 yards per game.

Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said the Redskins need to make sure Luck's feeling their presence if they want to subdue his talents.

"It's all about pass rush for this week," Kerrigan said. "Obviously, we got to stop the run, too. Trent Richardson is a very capable running back, Daniel Herron, the same thing. If we want to win this game, we've got to get after No. 12."

Rookie Trent Murphy – who was college teammates with Luck at Stanford – echoed Kerrigan's sentiment.

"Can't look past Andrew Luck -- he's the engine that makes that place go," Murphy said. "I played with him at Stanford, [and] can't really say enough about him as far as his ability to throw the ball, make decisions, how hard he is to take down and stuff.

"He's a workhorse. He's there early. He's there late. I know he's grinding so I know how much we need to put in watching tape, studying and we got to do everything we can to get an upper hand on him."

Murphy said Luck has also proven that he's not afraid to escape danger and take off on a defense.

"People used to not really give him credit for his ability to run, but he can run and he can hurt you," Murphy told reporters. "He's smart when he runs so he can get the first down and then some, so definitely got to keep him in the pocket.

"Our middle linebackers will chase him if he gets out. They did a good job of that last week against [Colin] Kaepernick. We'll handle that."

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said that they getting in Luck's face, though, simply won't be enough if they want to register a victory -- they need to bring him down for sacks. This season, Luck has been sacked just 20 times.

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"He'll take a hit and it doesn't really affect him," Haslett said. "The object is not just to hit him or put pressure on him. The object is you got a get a sack on him, try to take the ball or dislodge it from him which is not easy because he's a big human being."

Haslett said defending Luck is "a heck of a challenge."

"I watch some games and you see teams playing him well, all of a sudden you see a 70-yarder, you see a 50-yarder," he said.

On the outside, Indianapolis features two highly talented receivers in T.Y. Hilton and veteran Reggie Wayne.

Hilton has had his best year to date, hauling in 63 receptions for 1,083 yards and four touchdowns.

Last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hilton registered four receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Redskins cornerback David Amerson wants to make sure jam Hilton -- who is averaging more than 17 yards per reception -- at the line of scrimmage every opportunity he gets.

"You've got to get hands on him earlier and try to stop him before he even gets started," Amerson said. "You really don't want him to run up on you and play catchup with him."

Wayne, meanwhile, has fully bounced back from a torn ACL, as he's already recorded 50 receptions for more than 600 receiving yards on the season.

"He's been good in this league for a long time," Amerson said. "You pretty much know what you're getting in him. A solid and good receiver that's going to have your hands full. He'll be in and out of his cuts, make tough catches and can do it all."



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