Linebacker Perry Riley is expected to start for a second week in a row this weekend when the Dallas Cowboys come to town, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday.
Riley saw his first career start last Sunday at Miami and did well enough to hold down the job. He replaced Rocky McIntosh in the lineup.
“I think Rocky, his first four games, played really well and his last couple, he didn’t,” Haslett said. “Rocky’s a good football player, we just think Perry’s really active, he’s fast and can run. It was a good opportunity to give him a chance.”
Riley, a fourth round draft pick out of LSU in 2010, posted four tackles for losses against the Dolphins, the most by a Redskin since Kenard Lang in 2001. Haslett said a lot of those were the product of the team’s gameplan. Both Riley and London Fletcher spent a lot of the afternoon blitzing up the middle.
Haslett said Riley had several miscues, but overall, coaches were happy with his play.
“He’s got a lot to work on, but for the first time out, I thought he was active, made a lot of plays,” Haslett said. “He’s got a lot of little things he’s got to clean up. He’ll have to continue that battle throughout the year. He was poised. Nothing really rattled him. I was impressed with him.”