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ESPN – He’s not here to give snappy quotes or provide witty comments. Someone other than Washington Redskins rookie nose tackle Daron Payne can provide that entertainment. That is a good thing, because that’s not what Payne wants to do anyway.
Look at his first preseason action two weeks ago against the New York Jets. He took on double teams without losing ground; he won a one-on-one battle for a sack; he strung out runs, allowing linebackers to make plays.
“It’s the quiet ones you’ve got to worry about,” teammate and defensive end Ziggy Hood said.
Payne is quiet enough that he didn’t want to speak up at Alabama when an apostrophe was inserted into his first name, turning him into Da’Ron. He was listed that way from his freshman season through this past year.
“Just overnight one day it ended up with an apostrophe,” he said. “I never said nothing for a minute and then I finally said something. … I didn’t think too much about it. My agent called me and was like, ‘Do you want it or not?’ And I said no.”
Great article by ESPN’s John Keim on Daron Payne. I’ve always been high on Payne as a player, but as someone who has had their last name mispronounced for 25 years without bothering to correct anyone, Payne becomes much more relatable as a person. You’ve got to love a guy who does not worry about something trivial as a spelling error.
On the field, He’s earned praise from the veteran leader of the Washington defense, Josh Norman, comparing Payne and Jon Allen to Kawaan Short and Star Lotulelei from his days playing in Carolina.
“Young, sprout and just ready to go,” Norman said. “When they played, it was a difference. They moved men. They’d get to a quarterback and he was able to throw it blind sometimes and get it out of their hands faster than they wanted to. That’s when DBs make plays on the ball. Those two guys remind me of them. They’re shorter impact tanks. I look at that and I love it.
Daron, Da’Ron, doesn’t matter. Names aside, Payne is only concerned more important things like sacking quarterbacks and becoming a dominating lineman.