Washington Redskins right guard Brandon Scherff couldn't have faced a more daunting challenge in his NFL debut. Things don't figure to get any easier for the rookie in his second game.
Scherff, the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, acquitted himself well while matched up against the Miami Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh, considered by many observers to be the premier defensive tackle in the league.
Suh was limited to two tackles while the Redskins rolled up 161 yards on the ground in the 17-10 loss.
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"I thought we did pretty well up front," Scherff said following the game. "There's always room for improvement, so we're going to watch film and improve."
That improvement may be needed with the sack-happy St. Louis Rams coming to town Sunday. Scherff will have little time to savor the memory of his first game - he will be facing off against Rams tackle Aaron Donald, the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Donald is smaller but much quicker than the massive Suh and was a constant disruptive force in St. Louis' 34-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Donald registered two of the Rams' six sacks and recorded nine tackles.