The Insider: inside linebackers


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 06:13 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Andy Reid: Akeem Jordan’s versatility, reliability will help Redskins

Linebacker’s former coach in Kansas City and Philadelphia extols his reliability.

By Mike Jones  |  06:13 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Akeem Jordan, inside linebackers, special teams

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Questions remain at linebacker for Redskins

Inside linebacker certainly is now more crowded, but it’s hard to say if that’s a significantly improved position.

By Mike Jones  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Hayward, Akeem Jordan, brandon jenkins, Daryl Sharpton, inside linebackers, Jeremy Kimbrough, Josh Hull, Keenan Robinson, outside linebackers, Perry Riley Jr., Will Compton

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 04:55 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Redskins add ILB/special teams standout Adam Hayward

In a move that could bolster both their depth at inside linebacker and special teams, the Redskins have agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

By Mike Jones  |  04:55 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, special teams

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Redskins reach agreement with LB Perry Riley Jr.

Washington’s tackle leader from 2013 and expected heir to London Fletcher as defensive leader is back in the fold.

By Keith McMillan  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, Perry Riley

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Redskins, Perry Riley remain far apart in negotiations

Both sides remain interested in reaching an agreement, but inside linebacker most likely will at least test the open market.

By Mark Maske  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, Perry Riley

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Redskins free agency: Top remaining needs on defense

Many holes remain on a unit that ranked second-worst in the league in points allowed.

By Mike Jones  |  11:12 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, free agency, inside linebackers, Safeties

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Offseason question: Should the Redskins pursue D’Qwell Jackson?

While the free agent market already figures to feature a number of possible candidates, another intriguing name became available on Wednesday when the Cleveland Browns released D’Qwell Jackson.

By Mike Jones  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, offseason questions

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Free agent inside linebackers: A name, value and sleeper Redskins could target

An in-depth look at three players who could help Washington improve at inside linebacker.

By Mark Bullock  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, Perry Riley, The Outsider

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Offseason questions: How much is Perry Riley Jr. worth?

The Redskins and Riley’s camp have held initial negotiation talks regarding a new multi-year deal.

By Mike Jones  |  10:26 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, offseason questions, Perry Riley

Posted at 09:51 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Kirk Olivadotti rejoining Redskins’ coaching staff

Former longtime assistant had been at the University of Georgia the last three seasons.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  09:51 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, inside linebackers, Kirk Olivadotti

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 12/29/2013

London Fletcher says (probably) farewell

Linebacker says, ‘I played 16 years and accomplished what I was able to accomplish. I feel good about that.’

By Mark Maske  |  07:35 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, London Fletcher, Redskins vs. Giants, Week 17

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Will Compton ready to chip in after long wait

After 16 weeks of working, preparing and hoping to catch his break, rookie practice squad linebacker Will Compton finally received the nod earlier this week.

By Mike Jones  |  12:14 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, practice squad, Roster moves, Week 17, Will Compton

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Nick Barnett tears MCL, Orakpo day-to-day with groin strain

Linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the final game of the season after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Meanwhile, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is day-to-day with a groin strain.

By Mike Jones  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Injuries, inside linebackers, Nick Barnett, outside linebackers, practice squad, Week 17

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 01:30 PM ET, 12/18/2013

London Fletcher says he’s ’99 percent certain’ he’ll retire [updated]

The Redskins’ linebacker, notable for his streak of 254 consecutive games played since 1998, says he is likely going to call it a career.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, London Fletcher, Redskins vs. Cowboys, video, Week 16

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Redskins should re-sign Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley, according to London Fletcher

Young linebackers are ‘cornerstones that you need to keep around,’ Fletcher says.

By Mark Maske  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, free agency, inside linebackers, London Fletcher, outside linebackers, Perry Riley, Week 14

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Severity of London Fletcher’s ankle sprain not yet clear

Linebacker has played in 252 straight regular season games.

By Mark Maske  |  05:53 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, inside linebackers, Jordan Reed, London Fletcher, Niles Paul, Reed Doughty, 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 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 12:54 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Redskins mailbag: Is it time for Kirk Cousins?

Mike Jones answers questions from readers about Kirk Cousins, Keenan Robinson, clock management and, you guessed it, Kirk Cousins.

By Mike Jones  |  12:54 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, Keenan Robinson, Kirk Cousins, Mailbag, Mike Shanahan, Redskins vs. 49ers, Robert Griffin III, Week 13

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/21/2013

London Fletcher hasn’t decided if he will retire following the season

Veteran Redskins linebacker London Fletcher’s coaches still see him as the anchor of the defense.

By Mike Jones  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, London Fletcher, Perry Riley, video, 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 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 08:32 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Game day Q&A: Perry Riley Jr. on the change in his uniform and his game this season

Now in his fourth NFL season and third as a starter, inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr. has taken an obvious step forward in his development.

By Mike Jones  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Game Day Q&A, inside linebackers, Perry Riley

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Perry Riley fined for hit on Tony Romo

The NFL docks linebacker $15,750 for a roughing-the-passer penalty during last Sunday night’s loss at Dallas, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

By Mark Maske  |  03:36 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fines, inside linebackers, Perry Riley, Redskins vs. Cowboys

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Barnett not surprised by time-sharing arrangement with Fletcher

Veteran linebacker says that was his original understanding of what his role would be.

By Mark Maske  |  04:05 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, London Fletcher, Nick Barnett

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/26/2013

London Fletcher expects to keep sharing time with Nick Barnett

Wanting to remain effective throughout games after struggling in the first two, Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher said he has no problem sharing playing time with Nick Barnett.

By Mike Jones  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, London Fletcher, Nick Barnett, Redskins vs. Raiders

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Keenan Robinson expected to have fully recovered by mid-December

Injured linebacker Keenan Robinson continues his recovery from surgery to repair the torn pectoral muscle that has robbed him of his second NFL season.

By Mike Jones  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, inside linebackers, Keenan Robinson

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Nick Barnett to return to Lambeau Field as a visitor

The linebacker, now a Redskins backup, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers.

By Mark Maske  |  03:56 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Green Bay Packers, inside linebackers, Nick Barnett, Redskins vs. Packers

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Game day Q&A: Nick Barnett on adjusting to a new team, and his off-field passion

Nick Barnett talks with Mike Jones about preparing for a game as a backup, his dabbling in music and traffic in D.C. vs. Green Bay and Buffalo.

By Mike Jones  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Game Day Q&A, inside linebackers, Nick Barnett, Week 1

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Fletcher stands alone as NFL’s active leader in consecutive games

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is focused on the Eagles, not on outlasting Tampa CB Ronde Barber.

By Mark Maske  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, inside linebackers, London Fletcher, Week 1

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Nick Barnett expected to see significant action in preseason finale

Jim Haslett thinks that with more playing time, Nick Barnett will become more comfortable and wind up serving the team well.

By Mike Jones  |  02:47 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, Nick Barnett, preseason

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Nick Barnett inching closer toward making preseason debut

Brought along at a slow, gradual pace since signing with the Redskins on Aug. 1, veteran inside linebacker Nick Barnett expected to take another step forward in his acclimation process when the team hit the practice field Wednesday afternoon.

By Mike Jones  |  02:32 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, Linebackers, Nick Barnett

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Nick Barnett ready to compete, help Redskins build on last season's success

Having witnessed Washington's success from afar last season, veteran linebacker Nick Barnett saw the Redskins as the ideal fit for him.

By Mike Jones  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contracts, inside linebackers, Linebackers, London Fletcher, Nick Barnett, Training camp

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Perry Riley says he could handle increased responsibility

Linebacker Perry Riley said in case of emergency -- London Fletcher missing time -- he could handle a bigger role.

By John Keim  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, Linebackers, London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Training camp

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Nick Barnett remains in Richmond, deal with Redskins still possible

Free agent linebacker stays overnight after arriving at team's training camp Tuesday.

By Mark Maske  |  12:26 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agents, inside linebackers, Linebackers, Training camp

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Redskins hosting free agent linebacker Nick Barnett

The Redskins are scheduled to host free agent linebacker Nick Barnett on Tuesday afternoon for a physical and an interview, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

By Mike Jones  |  02:52 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, Linebackers, Roster

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/08/2013

The Mailbag: Rogers, Landry the ones that got away?

Given the Redskins' secondary issues, a readers asks if they should have hung on to Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry.

By Mike Jones  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fullback, inside linebackers, Mailbag, Offensive line, Secondary, tight end

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/01/2013

The Mailbag: RGIII and the PUP List, training camp fan experience and more

We dive into another collection of reader questions as the Redskins' downtime continues for another several weeks.

By Mike Jones  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  broadcast, cornerbacks, inside linebackers, Linebackers, Mailbag, outside linebackers, Safeties, Secondary, Training camp

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Observations from Thursday's practice session

Mike Jones shares insights on the Redskins' Thursday practice, including who's hurt, who's lining up with first- and second-teams, and who scuffled.

By Mike Jones  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, inside linebackers, observations, Offensive line, OTAs, Practice reports, running back, Safeties, tight ends

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/03/2013

The Mailbag: Chances for success, RGIII off-field attention, injury updates and more

As the Redskins go through another week of offseason practices, Mike Jones takes a dip into the mailbag.

By Mike Jones  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inside linebackers, Mailbag, OTAs, Running backs