Last year’s 1-15 season was painful to watch, but there were some bright spots. Emmanuel Ogbah was one of those.
Ogbah was a force along the defensive front all season, picking up 5.5 sacks in what was a horrible year for much of the unit.
Ogbah now needs to build upon the success he had a year ago, and he should be helped now that there is more talent along the line. Garrett may be drawing double-teams on one end throughout the year, opening some lanes for Ogbah. The same goes for Danny Shelton, who is a force who may require extra attention from the opposing offensive linemen.
Increasing his sack total would be the first step to gaining more recognition, but just doing the basics and stopping the run and not missing tackles would also go a long way toward not only improving his own reputation, but that of the entire defense.
Some big plays up front from Ogbah and the rest of the defensive line will help change the culture of the defense, while also allowing him to stand out as one of the better defenders in the league.