Payne was a 16-game starter as a rookie in 2018, piling up 56 tackles (35 solo), five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on 796 snaps.
The No. 13 overall pick quickly justified his draft status by playing an unusually high number of snaps for a defensive tackle, though he wasn't able to fix a run defense that's been consistently bad throughout Jay Gruden's tenure as head coach. Payne will turn 22 in May and has the makings of a top interior lineman, capable of stuffing the run from the nose position or rushing the passer as a three-technique.
Payne tallied four tackles (three solo), including a sack, and a pass defensed in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.
Payne has been a consistent player for the Redskins this season. His performance Sunday gives him 39 tackles on the year, including four sacks. He'll look to maintain his quality play in Week 13 against the Eagles.
Payne had seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Texans.
The rookie first-round pick came through with the largest tackle total of his career in a game that saw the Texans unexpectedly go run-heavy. Payne has lived up to expectations with 34 tackles and three sacks in 10 games, but he may have a tough time against the stout Cowboys O-line on Thanksgiving day.
Payne (ankle) notched his first career sack during Thursday's preseason game against the Jets.
Payne missed some practice time due to an ankle issue, but he was aiming to return to the field during Thursday's preseason contest. He made his presence felt in his first preseason action, notching chasing down Jets rookie Sam Darnold. Assuming he can stay healthy, the big man is expected to rotate in on the defensive line this season.
Payne (ankle) returned to practice Saturday but is still questionable to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
While Payne practicing is a good sign for his health, it doesn't look like the Redskins are going to force the rookie back onto the field. Payne had originally aimed to make a return this week, so his status for Thursday depends entirely on whether or not he can start putting together full practices in the next few days.
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