Brian Orakpo says he’s 300 percent healthy, ready to “rip it up this year”

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Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo claims that he’s 300 percent healthy after missing most of last season with a torn triceps.

“I’m 100, 200, 300 [percent]—whatever that number may be,” he said. “In OTAs or minicamp, I didn’t miss a day, I didn’t miss a practice. I was ready to go. In training camp, I’m going to be full go.”

Orakpo says the Skins defense can’t give up the big plays this coming season.brian orakpo 3

“The thing that hurt us a lot was the big plays. We gave up the big plays, and if we limit those we will be fine,” Orakpo explained to Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael, via “We have our front-seven back, so we will continue to stop the run and stop the pass as well.

“We can be a lot better. We drafted a few new pieces in the secondary, to challenge the guys and keep getting consistently better. If we can be consistent, week in and week out, we will be just fine.”

Orakpo has high expectations for himself this season.

“I’m going to rip it up this year. I have high expectations,” he said. “I want to win, be in contention for Defensive Player of the Year, get Comeback Player of the Year.”

Orakpo doesn’t believe he needs to change the way he plays.

“It’s not hard [to add moves], but you have to play your game. I’m going to come out and do what I do,” he said. “You are never going to see a spin from me, because that’s not my type. You’re not going to see other moves that other people are doing, because that is their body types.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’m going to continue being a powerful, edge pass rusher. I do have counter moves, inside stuff like that, but you have to know what type of player you are. You don’t want to go out there and look stupid trying to imitate someone else.

“I could care less what people say. You just have to go out and do your thing. Believe in what your coaches are critiquing you on your game, and try to establish that on Sundays.”