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Will the Redskins look for any more outside linebackers?

Will the Redskins look for any more outside linebackers?

A couple of weeks ago we wondered what the Redskins would do for depth at inside linebacker. They had just starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and second-year player Brandon Jenkins as likely candidates to make the team.

They now have at least part of the answer. Just when it was looking like they would never pick up the phone and call Rob Jackson, who has been with the team since 2006, the team announced that he had signed to return for an eighth season in Washington.

Jackson gives the Redskins an experienced reserve and perhaps a solid role player. He does a good job in pass coverage as evidenced by his four interceptions in 2012, when he started 14 games in place of the injured Orakpo. Redskins fans will never forget his biggest interception of the year, his fourth-quarter pick of Tony Romo in the 2012 season finale that helped wrap up the game and give the team its first division title since 1999.

Jenkins got just 41 snaps under his belt last year and he is very much a work in progress. His goal this year should be to become a special teams standout, which will keep him on the game day active list and that will allow him to take more defensive snaps.

Are the Redskins done at the position? Last year they carried five outside linebackers on the 53-man roster. Darryl Tapp, who was the fifth OLB on the roster, has signed with the Lions. It’s possible that they will try to add another but here is one thing to keep in mind with the numbers game. They carried four inside linebackers in 2012. This year they have five who are likely to make the team after they re-signed Perry Riley, have Keenan Robinson returning from injured reserve, and signed Akeem Jordan, Adam Hayward and Darryl Sharpton as free agents. Perhaps they will keep nine total linebackers but have four outside and five inside instead of the other way around.

If they do decide to add someone on the outside they could look for one in the draft. Almost everyone says “you can’t have too many pass rushers” but few practice it when they are on the clock during the draft. We will see what Bruce Allen does.

And the possibility of signing former Cowboy Anthony Spencer is still out there. He came to visit early in free agency but he and the Redskins couldn’t agree on a contract. Perhaps if we get closer to training camp they might be able to come to an agreement if Spencer sees his options drying up. That is pending on his recovery from last year’s microfracture surgery.

 

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Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

As the discussion rages around what the Redskins should do with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, $75 million cornerback Josh Norman made clear he wants the passer back. Norman explained that the 'Skins struggles should not be pinned to Cousins, but rather, a Washington defense that finished the year near the bottom of the NFL.

"We got to help him out of defense, and stop somebody on the field," Norman said on FS1 (click here for full video). "We did not help him out at all. I'll be honest with you. We got to do our job."

Norman's comments came during a spirited argument with Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Cris Carter in what amounted to a festival of hot takery. Whitlock's argument was that Cousins is not a franchise quarterback, and shoult not be paid as such, largely for losing the final two home games of the year against Carolina and the New York Giants.

Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards this year, a statitstic Norman pointed to in his defense of the QB. He also explained that Cousins still has room to grow.

"He only had two seasons," Norman said. "Cam Newton had five seasons."

Drafted in 2012, Cousins was just named the 'Skins starter in 2015. He's started every game the last two seasons and gone 17-16 while passing for more than 9,000 yards. Norman played with Newton in Carolina before signing with Washington last year, and got to watch the quarterback develop into the league MVP in 2015.

Norman described Cousins as a 'great guy' and leader in the locker room, but he allowed that, "I know a great guy don’t translate into wins. I'm not saying that."

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The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 9 worst play of 2016

Steelers at Redskins Week 1

10:18 left in Q2, Steelers ball 4th and 1 at the Redskins 29, Redskins leading 6-0

Ben Roethlisberger pass deep left to Antonio Brown for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: Things were looking up for the Redskins prior to this, even though they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone in two forays deep into Steelers territory and had to settle for field goals (a taste of things to come all year). The Steelers drove down the field and went for it on fourth and one. Because Joe Barry opted not to have Josh Norman travel from side to side with Brown, it was Bashaud Breeland with one-on-one coverage on the right side. Brown beat Breeland and DeAngelo Hall was late giving safety help and Big Ben put the ball on the money. The score put the Steelers ahead to stay.

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Finlay: It's easy to forget now that the Redskins had an early lead in the opener against Pittsburgh. In fact, their defense started well, until this point. In something that would be repeated throughout the year, the Steelers did not hesitate to go for it on 4th down against the Washington defense. Breeland was in pretty good position on the ball, though Roethlisberger's throw was right on the money. It would be only one more week until Josh Norman would then start traveling to cover other team's best receivers. Beyond the immediate impact of this play, it also seemed to stay with Breeland as he struggled somewhat in the first half of the season.

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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