After completing his first season as a full-time starter, Redskins linebacker
Will Compton firmly believes that he has yet to play his best ball with the Washington Redskins.
“I’m only scratching the surface and I can get a lot better in a lot of areas,” Compton said. “You know, I can’t wait to come back next year and be even better.”
Compton took a step up in both role and production in 2015.
After starting the season once again as the primary backup to incumbent starters
He would remain in the starting lineup down the stretch alongside
“I think Will and Mason work really well together,” Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry said in December. “Will stepped up to the challenge when he became the full-time starter. Mason followed his lead and was no different. They not only are going in there and playing, they’re making plays. They’re contributing. That’s what you want. You just don’t want a guy to round out the 11, you want a guy to go in, you want all 11 players to make plays. They’re both doing that.”
Playing the Mike linebacker position also required Compton to take on more of a vocal presence within the defense, barking out calls and getting everyone lined up correctly before the snap.
“Will Compton has been doing a great job for us,” defensive captain
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden added during his final press conference of the 2015 season the Compton was “moving up” in terms his standing as a team leader.
Training ‘Rocky Balboa’ style
Compton will be going back home to Missouri during his time away from Redskins Park in the next couple months.
His goals are to stay healthy and rested — while also spending time with family and friends — but his competitive drive, the same one that kept him going during a rookie season on the practice squad, is as strong as it's ever been.
“I’m always going to go about my business with a chip on my shoulder, that’s just the way I came into this league,” Compton said. “I can’t lose that edge or that mentality because that’s what got me to this point, so I’m just going to continue to live in the process, get better each and every day, and come ready to go next year. You know I’m going to have high expectations.”