Orakpo plans to get better during the lockout

Brian Orakpo wasn’t happy when an ESPN ranking of the top 10 pass rushers in the NFL omitted him.

Heck, he wasn’t even in the top 17 when you finished winding your way through the list of honorable mentions. So, Orakpo erupted on Twitter with some profanity.

If it’s motivation, who knows, but the bottom line for the Washington Redskins outside linebacker is that he plans to work on getting better, even if the lockout carries deep into the offseason. Interestingly, he plans to find help from some NFC East opponents.

“Osi (Umenyiora) is a good friend of mine and tells me stuff to work on,” Orakpo said, according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner. “DeMarcus (Ware) is a good friend and he gives me little things to help me achieve and to help me get off the hands. I’m trying to engage with other guys and see what’s on their mind.

“We plan on getting together and working in the offseason and working with each other, showing each other skills and getting better as we work together. It’s funny to be good friends with rivals, but that’s what happens in the offseason. Everyone respects each other’s game. As soon as I came in they showed me so much love for what I bring to the game. You always pick up stuff. You’re like a sponge; you’re always trying to soak up information.”

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