Jason Hatcher is expecting to make a lot more noise in his second season with the Washington Redskins. After getting his feet wet last season with his new team, he's says he's feeling much more comfortable.
Before signing with the Redskins last season as one of the most coveted defensive linemen in free agency, Jason Hatcher had spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys.
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From daily routines to the players around him, Hatcher eventually got into a groove there, recording a career-high 11 sacks in 2013.
While Hatcher would continue to experience success during his first season in burgundy and gold, he admitted that going into this season he's much more at home.
"It was an adjustment, just getting here and feeling out the locker room and stuff like that," he told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, recently on "Redskins Nation." "I think the GM did a good job of bringing in the right guys and so we can take this thing in the right direction. It was very uncomfortable, I'm not going to lie, but coming in here, seeing some stuff how it was done, but it's definitely changed this year. I feel at home; I feel comfortable."
Hatcher is still among the best pass rushing defensive linemen in the NFL when he's on his game.
Asked to do several different things in the scheme last season, Hatcher said he's already been informed by new defensive coordinator Joe Barry that he and the rest of the defensive line are going to lead the way for an aggressive unit.
"First of all, we going up field, we ain't going sideways no more so we can make a play here and there, so I'm excited about that," he said. "We're not just holding our blockers, we are the attacker now. So that'll be very good for us. We've got Pot Roast [Terrance Knighton], Bake [Chris Baker], we've got a good group of guys up front, so it starts with us. If we can get this train rolling, making plays, creating havoc up-field getting to the quarterback, we'll do good."
With the acquisitions of Knighton, Ricky Jean Francois and Stephen Paea, Hatcher will be part of a very versatile group.
"Pot Roast, he's a leader, man," he said. "He came in and took on his role well helping me out with the guys, holding Baker accountable, getting him moving. Ricky Jean, he's doing an awesome job working his butt off, he doesn't say too much. We've got a good group of young guys, too, just hungry and following our lead, so we've just got to lead by example and come in and work every day."
Due in large part to his big frame and the ability to make a ruckus in the passing game over the years, Hatcher acquired the nickname "Big Daddy" from current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
As he looks to make more plays for the Redskins in 2015, and perhaps even register a few more sacks in the process, Hatcher said "Big Daddy" will "absolutely" be making his presence felt.
"The scheme has changed; I can get back to being 'Big Daddy' up field making plays and not just holding the blocker, so you've just got to do what they pay you to do," he said. "If they tell you to hold up blockers, that's what you got to do. But this year they can kind of turn me lose and I can go up field and do what I do, so hopefully 'Big Daddy' will be back in the building."