Redskins showing off depth at linebacker
It is evident already that the Redskins’ overall depth has improved, particularly on defense, which is crucial. Perhaps no position better reflects this than the linebacker unit. Ryan Kerrigan will start on the left side. But Preston Smith has Junior Galette breathing down his neck, and rookie Ryan Anderson is nipping at their heels, and although he will miss the first four games because of a suspension, don’t forget Trent Murphy is coming off an nine-sack season.
The inside linebacker spot is even more crowded. Will Compton, Mason Foster and Zach Brown are the most popular names and candidates for starting positions, but Martrell Spaight and Chris Carter are making plays as well. That’s not to say they will overtake Foster, Brown or Compton, but the drop-off from starters to backups isn’t very significant, especially compared to previous years. In the past, fringe players had little chance of seeing the field. This year, the Redskins’ fringe players very well could wind up catching on as key contributors for other squads. This is what you want. This is how it should be. Current Redskins players have noticed the spike in competition and depth. But Carter, who has played for Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Indianapolis said, “I’ve always been a part of great defenses, so this level of competition is pretty much all I know.”
Clarity still won’t really come until the preseason games, but things do indeed seem to be trending upward for this defense.