The Insider: defensive line


Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Cofield expects Hatcher addition, new wrinkles to serve defense well

After hearing that and more from his coaches, and after getting the chance to talk to Hatcher, Cofield has high optimism about the kind of impact his new teammate will have.

By Mike Jones  |  09:04 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Defense, defensive line, Jason Hatcher

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Jackson, Clark acquisitions give Redskins flexibility entering draft

We’ll get more into the draft in the coming weeks as pre-draft visits and workouts will begin taking place. But here’s a quick glance at where things currently stand and what holes may still remain.

By Mike Jones  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Draft needs, inside linebackers, NFL draft, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, tight ends, Wide Receivers

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Redskins plan to use ‘new toy’ Hatcher in a variety of ways

Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher will not be restricted to just one position.

By Mike Jones  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Brian Orakpo, Chris Baker, defensive line, Jason Hatcher, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, pass rush, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Redskins claim DE Brandon Moore off waivers

Moore, who signed with the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent last April, most recently spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs.

By Mike Jones  |  06:57 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Roster moves

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Hatcher excited about beginning the next chapter with Redskins

Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher heard a lot of things that he liked that convinced him to sign with Washington before he even visited.

By Mike Jones  |  05:15 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, free agency, Jason Hatcher

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Redskins agree to terms with DE Geathers, LB Sharpton and CB Porter

The Redskins came to agreements with three players at positions of need on their defense.

By Mike Jones  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, free agency, inside linebackers

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Redskins line up visits with Corey Graham and Antonio Smith

In the midst of making free agent signings shortly after the 4 p.m. start of free agency, the Redskins lined up visits with a couple of prospects.

By Mike Jones  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, free agency

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Redskins re-sign defensive lineman Chris Baker

Washington announced that it has re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to ensure that he doesn’t hit the free agent market next week.

By Mike Jones  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Baker, defensive line, free agency, Roster moves

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Free agent defensive linemen: A name, value and sleeper Redskins could target

An in-depth look at three players who could bolster Washington’s defensive line.

By Mark Bullock  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, free agency, Free agents, The Outsider

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Where to begin rebuilding Redskins: Defense, position by position

Mark Bullock takes a look at who from the defense should stay or be upgraded or replaced, regardless of if the Redskins run a 3-4, 4-3 or hybrid system.

By Mark Bullock  |  01:59 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, barry cofield, brandon jenkins, Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, Chris Baker, cornerbacks, Darryl Tapp, David Amerson, DeAngelo Hall, Defense, defensive line, EJ Biggers, inside linebackers, Jarvis Jenkins, Josh Wilson, Nick Barnett, outside linebackers, Perry Riley, Reed Doughty, Rob Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan, Safeties, Stephen Bowen, The Outsider, Week 17

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Carriker’s quest to return officially comes to an end

Adam Carriker’s practice evaluation window officially expired on Tuesday, ending his quest to return to action this season.

By Mike Jones  |  01:15 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries, Week 15

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Stephen Bowen has microfracture surgery

Defensive Stephen Bowen had microfracture surgery on his right knee Tuesday night and now faces a six-month recovery time, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

By Mike Jones  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Injuries, Stephen Bowen, Week 14

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Redskins position-by-position review: Ups and downs against Giants

There were a few standouts against the Giants, some for good reasons and some for not-so-good ones.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aldrick Robinson, Chris Baker, Chris Chester, cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Giants, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 13, Wide Receivers

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Stephen Bowen done for season, facing microfracture surgery

Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen will miss the remainder of the season with what is believed to be cartilage damage that will require microfracture surgery to repair, coach Mike Shanahan said.

By Mike Jones  |  03:58 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Baker, cornerbacks, defensive line, Injuries, Roster, Roster moves, Stephen Bowen, Week 13, Wide Receivers

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Redskins position-by-position review: The 49ers’ defense dominated

Mark Bullock looks at the different ways the San Francisco defense gave the offense problems, and how defensive players, like Brian Orakpo and Jarvis Jenkins, actually played pretty well.

By Mark Bullock  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aldrick Robinson, barry cofield, Brian Orakpo, cornerbacks, DeAngelo Hall, defensive line, inside linebackers, Jarvis Jenkins, Josh Wilson, Linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Perry Riley, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. 49ers, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Safeties, Secondary, The Outsider, tight ends, Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Week 13, Wide Receivers

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Game Day Q&A: Jarvis Jenkins on improving his knowledge and technique

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Clemson product talks about the importance of technique in the NFL and why it helps to be loose on game day.

By Mike Jones  |  12:26 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Game Day Q&A, Jarvis Jenkins, Redskins vs. 49ers, Week 12

Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Shanahan: Carriker still ‘a very long shot’ to return this season

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that it would take “a minor miracle” for rehabilitating defensive end Adam Carriker to make it back this season.

By Mike Jones  |  07:25 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries, Week 12

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Redskins keep Adam Carriker on PUP list, so he can practice [Updated]

Carriker can attempt to practice, and Washington has 21 days to decide to end his season or activate him.

By Mike Jones  |  10:15 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries, Week 12

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Position-by-position review: Was it Robert Griffin III’s worst game?

Mark Bullock takes a closer look at Robert Griffin III, Brian Orakpo, David Amerson and the offensive line.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:55 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, cornerbacks, David Amerson, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Eagles, Reed Doughty, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 11, Wide Receivers

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Maurice Hurt practices, Carriker ‘still can’t go’

Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt took part in his first practice after coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

By Mike Jones  |  05:07 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries, Offensive line, Week 11

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Redskins position-by-position review: How it started well and went wrong vs. the Vikings

A detailed look at what went well on Thursday night, and where Washington gave up the plays to Minnesota that cost them the game.

By Mark Bullock  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linenbackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Vikings, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 10, Wide Receivers

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Redskins’ position-by-position review: How the option opens up other plays

A look at how the option opened up big plays for the Redskins, and how each position group performed against the Chargers.

By Mark Bullock  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Chargers, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 9, Wide Receivers

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2013

The Outsider: Position-by-position review of the Redskins 45-21 loss to the Broncos

A close look at which players and position groups played well against Denver, and where the problems occurred.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Linebackers, Offensive line, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Broncos, Running backs, Safeties, The Outsider, tight ends, Wide Receivers

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/14/2013

The Outsider: A closer look at how the Redskins played at Dallas

How did Trent Williams fare against DeMarcus Ware? Was this DeAngelo Hall’s best game as a Redskins and Kory Lichtensteiger’s worst? The Outsider takes a closer look.

By Mark Bullock  |  02:44 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Linebackers, Offensive line, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Cowboys, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Secondary, The Outsider, tight ends, Wide Receivers

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013

The Outsider: A position-by-position look at how the defense performed against the Raiders

Our new Outsider, Mark Bullock, gives a detailed review of each defensive unit's play in Oakland.

By Mark Bullock  |  02:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, cornerbacks, defensive line, Linebackers, Outsider, Redskins vs. Raiders, Safeties, Secondary, The Outsider

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Cofield says his broken hand didn’t hinder his play too much

Nose tackle says, ‘I felt like I was pretty effective.” His hand won’t be fully healed for several more weeks.

By Mark Maske  |  03:22 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, defensive line, Injuries

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Adam Carriker remains determined through up-and-down recovery

Though he spends seven or eight hours a day rehabilitating, defensive end Adam Carriker is encouraged, maintaining that he has “no doubt” that he will play football again.

By Mike Jones  |  02:17 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Cofield says broken hand is ‘not gonna be an excuse for me’

Defensive tackle hopes to play Monday night and says he doesn't think his play will be affected.

By Mark Maske  |  04:17 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, defensive line, Injuries, Week 1

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Redskins restructure contracts of Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker [udpated]

The team saves an estimated $1.3 million in salary cap space.

By Mark Maske  |  10:05 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, barry cofield, contracts, defensive line, Salary cap, Stephen Bowen

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Barry Cofield agrees to contract restructuring with Redskins (updated)

Redskins defensive tackle Barry Cofield reworked deal saves the team about $2.4 million in salary cap space this year.

By Mark Maske  |  02:49 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, contracts, defensive line, Salary cap

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson about to start serving suspensions

Coach Mike Shanahan says he already has spoken to the two players about staying in shape and returning to the team ready to contribute.

By Mark Maske  |  10:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Jarvis Jenkins, outside linebackers, Rob Jackson, suspensions

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Barry Cofield optimistic he'll be ready for Redskins' opener

Nose tackle suffered a broken bone in his right hand Monday against the Steelers.

By Mark Maske  |  06:30 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, defensive line, Injuries

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Redskins mailbag: Defensive end depth, Pat White, Roy Helu and more

The Redskins today return to the practice fields for the first time since their preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans. But first, your mailbag questions...

By Mike Jones  |  11:06 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Mailbag, Pat White, preseason, Roy Helu Jr., Training camp

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Barry Cofield aims to spur Redskins' defense to elite level

As Barry Cofield prepares to enter his third season at nose tackle for the Washington Redskins, he wants to take over.

By Mike Jones  |  10:37 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, defensive line, Training camp

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Redskins mailbag: Carriker's future, Jackson's status, right tackle and more

The Washington Redskins get back to work today for their fourth practice of training camp, and this morning we take another dive into the mailbag.

By Mike Jones  |  11:22 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Mailbag, Offensive line, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/27/2013

Redskins DEs face adjustments, questions

With Adam Carriker lost for the season and Jarvis Jenkins suspended for four games, the Redskins' defensive line must prove it has quality depth.

By John Keim  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Jarvis Jenkins suspended four games for illegal substance violation [updated]

Defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins is suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league's policy on banned performance-enhancing substances.

By Mark Maske  |  04:19 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, suspensions, Training camp

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Adam Carriker expected to require four to five months to recover

Defensive end Adam Carriker had surgery on his problematic right quadriceps tendon and is expected to need four to five months to recover, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said.

By Mike Jones  |  07:39 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries, Josh Wilson, Keenan Robinson, Training camp

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Jarvis Jenkins in spotlight as Adam Carriker likely out for the year

The Redskins need more from DE Jarvis Jenkins, who spent the offseason trying to become a better pass rusher. He has his friend, mentor Adam Carriker, to thank.

By John Keim  |  05:06 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Training camp

Posted at 10:13 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Carriker to have third surgery on quadriceps tendon

Adam Carriker confirms he will need a third surgery on his right quadriceps tendon after tearing it last September against St. Louis.

By Mike Jones  |  10:13 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Injuries, Training camp

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Redskins need more push from defensive line

A look at each Redskins position heading into training camp. Today: the defensive line. Who will benefit most from Brian Orakpo's return?

By John Keim  |  01:12 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, position previews, Roster

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Redskins minicamp: Observations from Tuesday's practice

The Washington Redskins returned to the practice field today for the first session of their mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled to run Tuesday through Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Injuries, minicamp, observations, returners, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 06/10/2013

The Mailbag: Redskins' regular season games, Orakpo's impact, the offense and more

The Redskins enter their final round of offseason practices with this week's mandatory minicamp.

By Mike Jones  |  10:32 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, defensive line, Mailbag, Redskins schedule 2013, Roy Helu, zone read

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Jarvis Jenkins aims to be more disruptive in 2013

As he prepares for what appears to be his second season as a starter, Jarvis Jenkins hopes to make a significant leap in his development and play well beyond his years.

By Mike Jones  |  12:07 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Injuries, Jarvis Jenkins

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Observations from Redskins' Thursday practice

Mike Jones shares what he observed at Redskins practice on Thursday, including in the secondary and at running back.

By Mike Jones  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, observations, offseason, OTAs, Running backs, Safeties

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Five areas to monitor in the second week of offseason practices

Thursday's practice, which is open to reporters, will provide the opportunity to monitor several other developing storylines.

By Mike Jones  |  11:09 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, OTAs, Running backs, Safeties

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Chris Baker signs restricted free agent tender

Nose tackle Chris Baker has signed his restricted free agent tender, making official the deal that the team tendered him before the start of free agency.

By Mike Jones  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Baker, defensive line, free agency

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Redskins aim to remain stout against the run

While the Washington Redskins’ defense has struggled against the pass this season, one area that the unit has excelled at is stopping the run.

By Mike Jones  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Redskins defense, Redskins-Buccaneers

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Redskins vs. Rams: The most insightful blog post ever

A closer look at the Rams, the Redskins' Week 2 opponent, with a fan of the team.

By Keith McMillan  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, defensive line, Opening kick, Redskins vs. Rams, Week 2