Return of Jenkins, Carriker, Golston gives Redskins deep defensive line


Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins hits a blocking sled at Redskins Park Thursday (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Jenkins’ return and this offseason’s re-signings of Adam Carriker and Kedric Golston give the Redskins a rather deep defensive line rotation. Carriker predicts that some talented linemen will not survive the final roster cut later this summer.

It appears that Carriker, fellow end Stephen Bowen — both of whom are coming off career years — and nose tackle Barry Cofield remain the starters. But expect to see a steady dose of Jenkins rotating in at both end positions.

Golston got off to a solid start last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, and has practiced fully this spring. Also competing for spots at defensive end are Kentwan Balmer, Doug Worthington and Darrion Scott.

Second-year pro Chris Neild remains Cofield’s backup, but faces competition from Chris Baker and rookie Delvin Johnson.

Last season, the Redskins opened the year with a 53-man roster that featured six defensive linemen (Cofield, Neild, Bowen, Carriker, Golston and Scott). It appears that the overall depth of the unit has improved to the point where Washington’s coaches have plenty of options when they choose the final roster.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that can play. There are guys who won’t be here during the season who could be on most teams, honestly,” Carriker said. “I was looking around the room this morning, and we’ve got 10 guys that can play. A lot of guys that people don’t know about, but they’re all good ballplayers.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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