Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 13, 25 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.
All of the talk has been about the lack of a safety acquisition in free agency, and there hasn’t been much about another major need. Here are five options the Redskins have at inside linebacker.
Chris Borland (Wisconsin)—Of the inside linebackers in the draft he might be the only one who will both be available when the Redskins pick at No. 34 overall and who could be ready to start in Week 1.
Keenan Robinson—He was starting to get a regular role when he suffered his first torn pectoral muscle on Thanksgiving in 2012. The second one occurred early in training camp last year. Would three offseason programs, two training camps and a few games as a role player be enough preparation to start?
Adam Hayward—You don’t want him staring 16 games and playing 70 snaps per game. But perhaps he could hold down the fort at the start of the season as a bridge until someone like Borland or Robinson is ready.
Brandon Spikes (Patriots free agent)—Spikes is an excellent run defender. Against the pass, well, he’s an excellent run defender. Jim Haslett would have to deviate from his normal practice of having his ILBs play virtually every snap and substitute situationally.
Nick Barnett (free agent)—The Redskins signed him in training camp last year after Robinson was injured. He’ll be 33 before training camp starts and he has knee issues. But he knows the defense and perhaps could work in a role similar to the one described for Hayward above.
—It’s been 74 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 178 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Offseason workouts start 25; NFL Draft 57; Training camp starts 133
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