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D.J. Swearinger delivered hit, then message to Marshawn Lynch

Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire

Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger provides knowledge and big hits to the secondary. He also has brought an attitude, one that's reflected in practice, during games and, now, on social media.

During the Redskins' 27-10 win against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Swearinger provided a big hit on running back Marshawn Lynch. Swearinger reminded anyone who follows him on Instagram of the hit Monday. He also referenced Lynch's beloved candy -- Skittles. Lynch danced on the sidelines in the previous game, a win against the New York Jets. Yeah, Swearinger mentioned that as well.

Swearinger posted this video of the play.

Swearinger also posted a shot of him standing over receiver Amari Cooper, bent over on the turf. Cornerback Josh Norman went off on the Raiders' receivers after the game, saying Cooper told them he would go for more than 200 yards. That's a message Swearinger said he relayed during a position meeting at Norman's house Thursday night.

So, yeah, Swearinger was happy to post this picture, using a #FlightMarshals hashtag, a nod to the secondary.

The Washington Post's Scott Allen detailed more of why fans should like Swearinger, who paid homage to Sean Taylor after the game by wearing a No. 21 jersey.

During practices, Swearinger was the one exhorting the defense -- no matter if he was on the field or if it was the third unit. He's the one in games celebrating anyone's play, or relaying instructions to the other defensive backs. In short, he's what the secondary has needed: a young leader who can also play. Too often the Redskins signed veteran safeties at the end of their career.

They found someone who could play. They also found someone with attitude. This defense needed both qualities.