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Green, Bryant Are Big Men With a Big Job

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Howard Green and Anthony Bryant view their job in simple terms.

And really, playing nose tackle is a simple job.

"We get in there, stop the run on first or second down, and then let the pass rushers on the field on third down," Green said.

Said Bryant: "We do things like building the right gap and taking on two blocks so that the linebackers can come in and make plays."

The nose tackle position is new in Washington, as is the Redskins' decision to switch to a 3-4 base defense under coordinator Jim Haslett.

Nose tackles are tasked with going up against 300-pound centers and guards on every play.

It's often a mammoth collision.

Green is listed at 365 pounds and Bryant weighs 376. Maake Kemoeatu, the most experienced nose tackle on the roster, is 350.

Coaches have indicated that Albert Haynesworth, listed at 6-6 and 350 pounds, could be positioned at nose tackle.

Haynesworth has not reported to the team since mid-March, though. It's uncertain if he is willing to even play nose tackle.

Haynesworth's uncertain status opens the door for Green and Bryant to establish themselves with the Redskins.

They are both competing for a roster spot at nose tackle.

Green, a six-year NFL veteran who played for Haslett in New Orleans from 2003-04, has appeared in 49 career games, with 12 starts. He was with the New York Jets last season, playing in 12 contests and logging 37 tackles.

Bryant, a 3-year veteran who has had stints with six NFL teams, has played in nine games, with three starts. He was with the New York Giants last year but he has not played in a regular season game since 2007.

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Given their size and experience, Green and Bryant have a clearly defined role in the Redskins' defense.

It's a big job for big men.

"Playing nose tackle is physically demanding, but I like to do it," he said. "I'm kind of used to it."

Green said he likes his under-the-radar role as he does the "dirty work" of the defense.

"Somebody has to do it," he said. "I love it. It's what I'm built for...Just getting in there and handling your business. I might not get all of the praise and the glory, but in the film room everyone sees what I do."

Green and Bryant have bounced around the NFL most of their career and they hope to find a home with the Redskins.

Said Green: "I love the game and I want to be productive for as long as I can. I want to win the Super Bowl – that's my goal and that's what we're trying to do here."

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