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London Fletcher recorded an early sack.
London Fletcher: Grade C
It was easy to feel sorry for London Fletcher against the Lions. The 38-year-old gave everything he had to try and push the Redskins to their first win of the season.
Sadly though, his aging body could not do it all. Fletcher bounced off bowling-ball runner Joique Bell more than once, but stayed determined to key an improvement for this woeful defense.
If only everyone on the unit shared Fletcher's spirit.
Perry Riley Jr.: Grade D
Perry Riley Jr. went missing against the run for most of the game. He was also a virtual non-entity against the pass. Riley did not get near Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford on the blitz, but he did at least knock one of his throws away in coverage.
Riley has the talent to make many more impact plays than he does. It is time for 2010's fourth-round pick to deliver.
Ryan Kerrigan: Grade C
Ryan Kerrigan was in on seven combined stops and deflected a pass in coverage. He also provided the pressure on Stafford that contributed to DeAngelo Hall's interception and touchdown in the opening quarter.
What marred Kerrigan's day was a less-than-convincing display tackling Bell and some lapses in coverage.
Brian Orakpo: Grade D
It is getting harder to believe Brian Orakpo can be the impact pass-rusher his talent seems to merit. He again posed only a tame threat to Stafford, who was able to pass for 385 yards, partly because of inconsistent pressure.
Orakpo has to show he can take over games, or this defense will continue to suffer.
Nick Barnett: Grade D
Veteran Nick Barnett only saw limited action and was unable to prove he deserves more opportunities.