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In-depth chart: Linebackers


In-depth chart: Linebackers

The Redskins 90-man offseason roster is set, at least for the time being. Its time to take a look at who they have, who will start, and who will be around when the Sept. 9 opener in New Orleans rolls around.Weve looked the the offensive backs, the line.and the receivers and tight ends on that side of the ball and at the defensive line. Today we put the linebackers under the microscope.Outside linebackerStarters: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan
Reserves: Rob Jackson, Markus White, Chris Wilson
Fighting for a job: Monte LewisRarely is a position set in stone in May but this one may well be. Orakpo, a two-time Pro Bowl performer will get at least 90 percent of the snaps on the right side. Kerrigan, who could be a Pro Bowler if they continue to play the game, will play nearly every snap on the left side.Jackson seemed to do something to get noticed every time he took the field in relief of Orakpo. As a rookie, White made a nice transition from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker, especially considering that he didnt have any offseason work due to the lockout. Those two and Wilson will compete for inclusion on the active list from week to week.The Redskins could decide to squeeze a roster spot here and go with only four outside backers since Lorenzo Alexander, who is learning the inside, could move back to his old outside spot in a pinch. If that happens, White probably would be safe as he is younger and has three more years left on his contract. Wilson and Jackson are both free agents after the season is over.Inside linebackerStarters: Perry Riley, London Fletcher
Reserves: Lorenzo Alexander, Jonathan Goff, Keenan Robinson
Fighting for a job: Donnell Holt, Bryan Kehl, Brian McNallyRiley and Fletcher both are three-down inside linebackers, a rarity in todays NFL. Fletcher, of course, is a proven performer over the long term and with his new contract he is set for the next two seasons. Riley showed some flashes of big-play ability last year and his aim is to develop more consistency.Alexander is the special teams captain and, as noted above, he is learning the inside positions so he can become a true utility player. The Redskins drafted Robinson with the thought of making him Fletchers successor in 2014 so he should make the roster but he could well spend much of the season on the inactive list.Goff is only 26 and he brings 20 starts and 37 total games of experience with him from the Giants. He could be the first player off of the bench in case of injury.Kehl is also relatively young (27) and has playing experience (57 games with the Giants and Rams). But he would appear to be the odd man out.

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After quiet day in Detroit, Redskins Pierre Garçon says 'we always try to go deep'

After quiet day in Detroit, Redskins Pierre Garçon says 'we always try to go deep'

DETROIT - Looking at quarterback Kirk Cousins' stat line from Sunday's game against the Lions, and the Redskins passer certainly had a good day. Completing nearly 77 percent of his passes and going over 300 yards, Cousins moved the Washington offense efficiently for much of the game.

Yet, receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon combined for 55 total yards. Jackson, arguably the best vertical threat in the NFL, had a long catch of 12 yards. Yep, 12 yards. 

Cousins' longest pass for the game went to Vernon Davis for 27 yards. In fact, Davis and Jamison Crowder combined for 13 catches and nearly 200 yards, though much of their work was done in underneath spots. With a depleted secondary, the Lions defense largely played deep zone, keeping the best options to move the ball short, and Cousins proved quite capable of completing passes, going 30 of 39 for the game.

But after a tough loss - especially after it seemed the Redskins and Cousins would pull off an extraordinary win - some might question if the 'Skins offense became too reliant on shallow drag and crossing routes and did not look down field enough. 

Garcon, however, refuted that.

"I guess that's just how the game flowed because we always try to go deep but you know things are called but we don't have time or they play a different coverage," Garçon said. "We can't really control it."

The deep ball does not always equal a win for the Redskins either. Cousins' longest pass this season (57 yards) came in a Week 2 loss to Dallas and in a win over Baltimore the QB's longest pass was also 27 yards, same as in Detroit. 

Moving the ball is moving the ball - and Cousins does it well. After a four-game win streak snapped by a dispiriting loss in Detroit, Redskins fans should expect plenty of fans about the long ball. 

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Vernon Davis tells 60 minutes about investment that burned dozens of NFL players

Vernon Davis tells 60 minutes about investment that burned dozens of NFL players

By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was featured Sunday in a 60 Minutes story about a financial adviser who convinced dozens of NFL players in 2008 to invest in a company that ended up quickly failing.

Jeff Rubin, a financial adviser registered at the time by the NFL Players Association, convinced the players to invest in a new entertainment and gambling development in Alabama called Country Crossing. The draw was electronic Bingo, which Rubin said would make the players a ton of money. Davis made an initial investment of half a million dollars in the venture.

He told 60 Minutes' Armen Keteyian how easy it was to buy in to the picture Rubin painted.

"It was beautiful," Davis said. "It was a painting I’d never seen before. It was fantastic."

The only problem with the whole thing was that electronic Bingo would turn out to be illegal in Alabama, unbeknownst to the players. Two weeks after Country Crossing opened, it was raided by police, and it eventually tanked, losing the players a total of $43 million.

Rubin owned 4 percent of Country Crossing, and 60 Minutes got a hold of documents showing he funneled 10 percent of the money he got from the NFL players into his personal corporation.

Davis said the whole situation was a "nightmare," but he doesn't blame Rubin for his losses.

"I take most of the blame, and I think as athletes and players in this union, in the NFL, I think we should take the blame because we can change it," Davis said. "We just gotta wake up."

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