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Post-draft Redskins depth chart review–Defense

May 15, 2014, 1:55 PM EST

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Here is a look at how the Redskins’ depth chart stacks up after last week’s NFL draft. Yesterday we examined the offense; we’ll survey the defensive side of the ball here.

(Note: Only undrafted free agents who have been announced by the team or listed by the NFL are included here.)

Defensive line

Starters: Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Jarvis Jenkins
Reserves: Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Stephen Bowen, Clifton Geathers, Doug Worthington, Chris Neild, Chris Davenport, Robert Thomas

There are four or maybe five backup jobs here. Baker isn’t going anywhere (he could well start over Jenkins) but the three other jobs are up for grabs. Davenport and Thomas are undrafted long shots and Worthington has been around but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

Outside linebacker

Starters: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan
Reserves: Brandon Jenkins, Rob Jackson, Trent Murphy, Adrian Robinson, Gabe Miller

There could be only two backup jobs and Murphy, the team’s top draft pick, is safe. That could have Jenkins and Jackson as the main contenders for one job.

Inside linebacker

Starters: Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson
Reserves: Adam Hayward, Akeem Jordan, Will Compton, Jeremy Kimbrough, Darryl Sharpton

The starting job is very much up in the air; Jordan or Sharpton could just as well line up beside Riley. Jordan, Sharpton, and Hayward all were free agent signees and are expected to contribute on special teams.

Cornerback

Starters: DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson
Reserves: Tracy Porter, E. J. Biggers, Bashaud Breeland, Richard Crawford, Chase Minnifield, Peyton Thompson

You could label Porter as a third starter since they frequently open games in the nickel formation. Breeland is probably safe so Biggers, Crawford, and Minnifield will battle for one spot.

Safety

Starters: Ryan Clark, Brandon Meriweather
Reserves: Bacarri Rambo,Phillip Thomas, Tanard Jackson, Jose Gumbs, Trenton Robinson, Akeem Davis, Bryan Shepherd

They’ll keep four or maybe five so one or two between Rambo, Jackson, and Gumbs might have to go.

  1. internetcareer - May 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    my question is where did this depth chart come from? Is this your opinion Rich…. or is this some general belief ….or is this from an official document with Jim Haslett’s signature on it?

    Absolutely not worth anything without an explanation of the source or verification of someone in charge. Otherwise it is just an opinion and not something to count on when the season begins.

    • ajbus1 - May 15, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Serious much? JK, it’s an official opinion. For fun and speculation. How could there be an official depth chart when OTA’s and minicamps aren’t even over?

    • Rich Tandler - May 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Excuse me?

      I put up something with some insight and try to give the readers my read on the situation and you want the Official Team Stamp of Approval on it? Really?

      I think you might want to go and hang out on Redskins.com, they have all of the official stuff. Here, this time of year especially, you’re going to get my take. That’s why the blog has my name on it.

      Geez.

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      • shermanp79 - May 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        LOL!

  2. ajbus1 - May 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Hey Rich, what is Jarvis Jenkins contract situation? I feel like if he doesn’t have a strong camp he could be done. But I like the looks of our depth. Other than the obvious starters, there’s gonna be a lot of competition as they say.

    • Rich Tandler - May 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Last year of rookie deal, salary is ~$1 million (that’s unofficial, Mr. internetcareer). Chances are good he’s back but I wouldn’t rule out him not making in (unofficially, of course, Mr. internetcareer).

      Thanks for the question (I think, I didn’t clear that with the team).

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      • ajbus1 - May 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Hahahaha!! I actually laughed out loud at that. What a great website! I got in some Redskins talk AND had a laugh.

        I suppose there’s no harm in letting J Jenkins play out his rookie deal but I think the last spot at DL will come down to him, Neild, or Golston. None of whom I want to see go.

        • shermanp79 - May 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM

          I hope the Hell he shows up!! he was a 2nd round pick. He showed some skill in TC his rookie year(probably thought of as a starter)until his injury. I hope he is beyond that and can show signs like Baker did last year. We have to wonder about Shanahans first 2 Drafts, we needs guys to develop. It would be slow but could work for us if he has a breakout year, would be cheap to re sign. I think one of the young guys go the PS route and if Bowen isn’t healthy, then he could go but Neild(who works hard) and Worthington will be gone. I think Golston is liked and a lunch pail guy like Neild but both are small. I think Goldston is more a 4-3 guy.I guess their will be some good battles this summer, we need it!! It doesn’t seem like there was enough the past few years.

  3. ipitydafu - May 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    “They’ll keep four or maybe five so one or two between Rambo, Jackson, and Gumbs might have to go.”

    Edited:

    They’ll keep four or maybe five so one or two between Robinson, Jackson, and Gumbs might have to go.

    • ipitydafu - May 15, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I haven’t given up on Rambo yet. I think he sticks around another year.

      • Rich Tandler - May 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        That’s cool. But he’d better get a fire under his butt about special teams. Like, now. Or he won’t be around.

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  4. charge1 - May 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I thought about an internet career but all Of the spots were taken by jack@sses

  5. CarolinaRedskin - May 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Rich – good insight and fair insight. Hope this does light the fuel finally on competition for us. I am truly hoping the attitude and work ethic motivates and gets us back on the right track of grooming draft picks again. Hoping Murphy is the defensive surprise along with Breeland.

  6. ezg1 - May 16, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Fine Stuff Rich Tandler?

  7. kjp0810 - May 16, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Rich, is Brandon Jenkins eligible for the practice squad?

    • Rich Tandler - May 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Yes, he was on the 46-man active list for fewer than nine games so he would be eligible. I don’t think he’ll end up there but I wouldn’t rule it out.

      • kenlinkins - May 16, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        That would be a bit of a shock (to Jenkins: having his paydays reduced to PS pay). Maybe that will wake him up to the fact the Special Team Members get PAID on Tuesdays just like everyone else.

  8. alextwrs - May 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    i am hearing rumblings of Breeland being suited as a safety. I think he has the size and instincts to play that position but I would prefer a true safety being drafted next year and Breeland developing into a starter at CB. Even with Deangelo having great years lately and aging we can never have to much talent at the DB position.

  9. Newsuit - May 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Hey Rich,

    I was curious what you see in Robinson to have him starting next to Riley? I don’t know too much about him. A lot of fans feel we have a hole at ILB but I thought Sharpton and Jordan were great pick ups. If you see something in Robinson to beat those guys out I am excited.

    • Rich Tandler - May 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Well, we haven’t seen anything out of Robinson since Thanksgiving of 2012 when he suffered his first torn pec. I have him on top of the depth chart because I’ve heard that he is the guy the coaches would like to see get the job. We will have to see how he does in June when OTAs start and in training camp.

  10. footballfan12345 - May 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Mr. Tandlers would you agree
    It seems that the redskins have tried to address the positions of need this off season.. Receiver, ILB, safety, OL,DL….
    I know that besides receiver and DL, that the players they brought in are not in the so much better talent category..
    So my question to you is.. With the players brought in at safety, ILB, OL, will the numbers produce better talent or are the redskins just changing parts… Just your opinion .. I know we will have to see some games for facts..

    • Rich Tandler - May 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      I think they could be a little better if Griffin plays better. I don’t think they were quite as bad as 3-13 last year just like they weren’t quite as good as 10-6 the year before. They didn’t upgrade everywhere but they did add guys like Hatcher and Clark who will be better than the guys they’re replacing.

  11. Derrick Williams - May 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Hey Rich. Great job by the way and we’re going to ask “Mr. Internet Career” not to pay attention to this because we’re going to speak unofficially for a second. I see that you plugged Keenan Robinson in as a starter at the other ILB spot. Any reason why you did that in particular? Have you heard anything on his progression or coaches showing strong belief in him as of late? And just a shot in the dark…..One name, who gets the last safety spot in your opinion. …Rambo, Jackson, or Gumbs?

  12. kenlinkins - May 16, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    The Redskins have 10 very young DB’s on the roster they should take a long look at and see which ones can develop into starters, back ups, sub package or Special teams guys. Amerison, Crawford, Thomas, and Breeland should make the team, but Thompson, Gumbs, Minnifield, Shepherd, Davis and Rambo all must now find a way to show they can move up the ranks. They must find a way to allow the Redskins to cut Vets with 3 or more NFL years under their belts. On the other hand, the Redskins must not be concerned about draft pick status, If they can play, they can stay. If not, cut them now, use the Stop Gap 1 year deal guys and keep looking for players in next years draft. No more young hanger on types who are unwilling to play Special teams and do not show progress, Develop now OR Depart!

    • shermanp79 - May 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      Since Rambo was drafted last year, I think if his attitude towards ST play changes. if all is equal he will get the nod over others. They don’t want to give up on a guy that quick. I think Rambo has talent, needs to learn to tackle vs. using his shoulder but I expect better things from him this year. If he learned from last year, with their new “type” of player, hope it rubs off. They didn’t take one in Draft. I’m sure they would have, if felt there was a bigger issue.

  13. manchild157 - May 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Rich- I hope you officially shut internetcareer’s pompous attitude. What a tool!

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