The Insider: outside 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 10:14 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Brian Orakpo signs franchise tag tender

The Redskins announced that outside linebacker Brian Orakpo has signed his one-year franchise player tender.

By Mike Jones  |  10:14 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, outside linebackers

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Gruden inclined to let Orakpo play season under franchise tag

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden says he’s inclined to let Brian Orakpo play out his franchise tag this season.

By Mike Jones  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Baker, Brian Orakpo, Jay Gruden, outside linebackers

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 03:02 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Orakpo encouraged by Redskins move to use franchise tag on him

Linebacker expressed encouragement about his standing with the Redskins and optimism over his future.

By Mike Jones  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, free agency, outside linebackers

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Redskins have yet to extend offer to Orakpo as franchise tag deadline nears

Discussions are ongoing between the team and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, but the Redskins have yet to extend their top pass-rusher an official offer.

By Mike Jones  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, free agency, outside linebackers

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Bruce Allen: Redskins haven’t decided if they’ll use franchise tag on Brian Orakpo

The Redskins general manager says team hasn’’t decided whether to use the franchise tag to retain the outside linebacker if they can’t reach a long-term deal

By Mike Jones  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Bruce Allen, free agency, outside linebackers

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/16/2014

How big a contract should Brian Orakpo get?

POLL | Brian Orakpo is about to become a free agent. What kind of contract can the Redskins expect to offer him to retain him? Weigh in with your prediction.

By Keith McMillan  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, Free agents, outside linebackers, poll, Rob Jackson, video

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Redskins hire former Terp Brian Baker to coach outside linebackers

The Redskins announced on Wednesday that they have hired former Cleveland Browns assistant Brian Baker to coach their outside linebackers.

By Mike Jones  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Baker, coaches, outside linebackers, video

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Kerrigan to have arthroscopic surgery on left knee

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said that he will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn lateral meniscus. A date for the surgery has yet to be determined, Kerrigan said on Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  12:35 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, outside linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Brian Orakpo remains unsure if he’ll play in Sunday’s finale

Redskins linebacker, listed as questionable with groin injury, says he’s had ‘a very productive year’ individually heading into free agency.

By Mark Maske  |  03:01 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, Injuries, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Giants, Week 17

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Orakpo misses practice with groin injury

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo missed Thursday’s practice with the groin injury that he suffered in last Sunday’s game.

By Mike Jones  |  02:55 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Injuries, Jim Haslett, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Giants, video, Week 17

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 08:08 PM ET, 12/15/2013

Brian Orakpo continues to accumulate sacks

Linebacker’s day against Atlanta helps him reach 10 for the season.

By Mark Maske  |  08:08 PM ET, 12/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Falcons, video, Week 15

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 04:35 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Brian Orakpo says his preference remains to re-sign with Redskins

‘Right now this is home,’ said the linebacker, a potential free agent this offseason.

By Mark Maske  |  04:35 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, outside linebackers, Salary cap, 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 12:16 PM ET, 11/29/2013

Brian Orakpo is diversifying and improving his game

It might be a lost season, but Brian Orakpo is improving, using his smarts and not just athletic ability to derail plays against the 49ers. Mark Bullock takes a look at a few, and then asks via poll if Orakpo should be re-signed.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:16 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, outside linebackers, poll, Redskins vs. 49ers, The Outsider, Week 13

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 02:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Redskins had ‘a blown assignment’ on McCoy’s catch vs. Kerrigan, Haslett says

Defensive coordinator also says he was pleased with efforts against Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy but Frank Gore, who’s up next, is a different type of runner.

By Mark Maske  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, London Fletcher, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Eagles, Ryan Kerrigan, Week 11, 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 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 07:20 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Redskins’ Brian Orakpo wins appeal over fine

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo won his appeal for the fine leveled against him for a roughing the passer call against the Chicago Bears in Week 7, coach Mike Shanahan said.

By Mike Jones  |  07:20 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, fines, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Broncos

Posted at 09:33 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan receives credit for half a sack in Chicago win

Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has received credit for half of a sack that incorrectly was not attributed to him on the final play of Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears.

By Mike Jones  |  09:33 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Bears, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Brian Orakpo: Pick-six ‘a phenomenal feeling’

When Brian Orakpo picked off a Jay Cutler pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, it marked the first interception and touchdown of his whole life.

By Mike Jones  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Bears, Reed Doughty

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson participate in Redskins' practice

Four-game suspensions expired for the defensive line and reserve linebacker, and the team released kicker John Potter and defensive end Phillip Merling.

By Mark Maske  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jarvis Jenkins, John Potter, outside linebackers, Rob Jackson, special teams, suspensions

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Rob Jackson eager for suspension to expire

Linebacker’s four-game ban ends after Sunday’s game at Oakland.

By Mark Maske  |  02:18 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jarvis Jenkins, outside linebackers, Rob Jackson, suspensions

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Ryan Kerrigan says his knee injury not serious

Linebacker intends to practice fully Wednesday. Tight end Fred Davis and place kicker Kai Forbath say they’re hopeful of being available this weekend.

By Mark Maske  |  02:47 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fred Davis, Injuries, Jordan Reed, Kai Forbath, outside linebackers, Redskins vs. Raiders, Ryan Kerrigan, tight ends

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Ryan Kerrigan passes concussion tests [updated]

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has passed all of his concussion tests and is expected to practice Wednesday.

By Mike Jones  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Concussions, Injuries, outside linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 12:42 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Kerrigan being evaluated for a possible concussion

Linebacker’s playing status this week not immediately known.

By Mark Maske  |  12:42 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Concussions, Injuries, outside linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Rob Jackson permitted to be at Redskins Park during suspension

Jackson says change in policy will make it easier for him to stay in shape while serving four-game suspension.

By Mike Jones  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jarvis Jenkins, outside linebackers, Rob Jackson, suspensions

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 08:33 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Haslett taking advantage of improved pass-rusher depth

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett last Saturday unveiled another wrinkle in his pass-rushing packages when he went with six linebackers in some third-down situations to take advantage of a dearth of talent at that position.

By Mike Jones  |  08:33 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  brandon jenkins, Darryl Tapp, Defense, Jim Haslett, Linebackers, outside linebackers, pass rush, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Video: Which Redskins could be cut after Thursday?

The Post Sports Live panel picks which players it sees getting cut, perhaps surprisingly, after Thursday.

By Keith McMillan  |  03:01 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Offensive line, outside linebackers, Post Sports Live, punt returners, Roster, Running backs, video

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 08/22/2013

(Not-so) bold predictions for Redskins vs. Bills

An amusing clip of the Post Sports Live columnists getting called out for not making bold predictions ... and then one gets bold.

By Keith McMillan  |  12:34 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Darryl Tapp, outside linebackers, Post Sports Live, preseason, Rob Jackson, Roy Helu Jr., Ryan Kerrigan, video

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Ryan Kerrigan takes on new role in certain pass-rushing packages

Jim Haslett has come up with a way to get linebackers Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and Brandon Jenkins on the field at the same time.

By Mike Jones  |  10:33 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, Linebackers, outside linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Darryl Tapp adjusting to new role in opportunity with boyhood team

As a free agent, Darryl Tapp expected to draw interest from teams looking for a defensive end, but when his favorite team came calling, even a position switch couldn't make him say no.

By Mike Jones  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Darryl Tapp, outside linebackers, Training camp

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 03:37 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Orakpo says he's not focused on contract heading into training camp

Linebacker, a potential free agent next offseason, says: "Everything will take care of itself."

By Mark Maske  |  03:37 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, minicamp, outside linebackers

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 05/07/2013

What would you like to see happen with Brian Orakpo's contract status?

Washington's biggest defensive star is coming off an injury, and heading into the final season of his contract. Would it make sense to make a deal soon?

By Keith McMillan  |  02:15 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  outside linebackers

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Orakpo expects to be ready for OTAs, has not discussed contract

Linebacker says recovery from latest torn pectoral muscle is going well.

By Mark Maske  |  04:20 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, outside linebackers

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

2013 NFL draft position preview: Pass rushers

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, who has only three seasons of experience playing football, has become a tantalizing but risky prospect expected to be among the first 10 players drafted.

By Mike Jones  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive ends, NFL draft, outside linebackers