‘Pot Roast’ dishes about D-line, RGIII and Ker­ri­gan

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY SCOTT ALLEN scott.allen@wash­post.com Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ dc­sports­bog

Red­skins nose tackle Ter­rance Knighton joined Dan Hel­lie as a guest Thurs­day on NFL Net­work’s “To­tal Ac­cess” and re­counted, for the umpteenth time, the story of how he earned the nick­name “Pot Roast.” Knighton also re­vealed more de­tails about the “Cap­i­tal Pun­ish­ment” nick­name the Red­skins’ de­fen­sive line ap­par­ently has adopted this sum­mer.

“D-line is a spe­cial group,” Knighton said. “I think we’re prob­a­bly the tight­est- knit group on the team, prob­a­bly for any team. We just wanted to come up with some­thing that makes us stand out and gives us a name, some­thing to have fun with.”

Knighton, a team­mate of Pey­ton Man­ning’s for the past two years, was asked for his early im­pres­sions of Robert Grif­fin III, the tar­get of heavy crit­i­cism this off­sea­son.

“He has all the tools to be a great quar­ter­back,” Knighton said. “His main thing is just con­fi­dence and just go­ing out there ev­ery day and just prov­ing that he’s the leader and do­ing things right all the time. He had a great rookie year, so he put a lot of pres­sure on him­self, but I think he’s ready to prove ev­ery­one wrong.”

Asked to as­sess Ryan Ker­ri­gan’s per­for­mance in “Shark­nado 3,” Knighton gave him a B.

“I’m kind of in­ter­ested in how many takes it took him to get it right,” Knighton said of Ker­ri­gan’s two lines. “He doesn’t say any­thing in the build­ing. He’s a quiet guy. I haven’t heard him say any­thing. I’ve got to start con­ver­sa­tions with him all the time. I usu­ally give him the head nod or some­thing, but I’ll def­i­nitely give him crap about it when I get back.”

Hel­lie set the over-un­der for Ker­ri­gan takes at 12. Knighton wisely took the over.

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