Defense

Redskins rookie Preston Smith is eager to build on strong first impression

Washington hopes the rookie outside linebacker can fill the void created when Brian Orakpo left, and team with Ryan Kerrigan to make a dynamic pass-rushing tandem.

Ryan Kerrigan voted as 78th-best player in the NFL

Kerrigan is coming off of a career year in which he recorded a team-high 13 1/2 sacks, seventh most in the NFL.

Redskins mailbag: Rookies who impressed, why Robert Griffin III and the 2012 offense aren’t coming back, and why La’el Collins wasn’t drafted

In today’s mailbag, we discuss how the rookies looked on the field, take a long, hard look at Robert Griffin III and the offense, and answer a few other questions.

A closer look at Redskins’ fifth-round linebacker Martrell Spaight

Here's where Washington's newest inside linebacker excels, and where his limitations are.

Redskins release OLB Gabe Miller in aftermath of second-round acquisition of Preston Smith

Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan to reflect on NFL draft haul Monday

A closer look at Redskins’ second-round linebacker Preston Smith

Here's what made the Mississippi State linebacker attractive to Washington in Round 2.

NFL Draft: Redskins add SS Kyshoen Jarrett, CB Tevin Mitchel and WR Evan Spencer in sixth round

The Redskins drafted three players in a busy Round 6.

NFL Draft: Redskins select Arkansas inside linebacker Martrell Spaight with first fifth-round pick

With the first of their two fifth-round picks, the Redskins selected Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight at 141st overall.

Preston Smith and Matt Jones caught Redskins’ eye because of size, versatility and potential

“We’re just going to try to add tough, physical players,” coach Jay Gruden said Friday night after the completion of the third round. “That’s the whole motto here."

Preston Smith used strong combine showing to boost his stock

One of the main criticisms that Preston Smith heard coming away from his senior season at Mississippi State had to do with the speed of his play, and whether or not he had what it took to develop into a top-level pass-rusher in the NFL.

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