ORLANDO – The Washington Redskins have worked to fortify their inside linebacker position and their special teams units this offseason. Eighth-year veteran Akeem Jordan ranks among one of the pieces added in free agency, and his former coach believes he could prove an answer for Washington in both areas.
Andy Reid coached Jordan for six seasons in Philadelphia, and then brought him with him to Kansas City last season. Tuesday morning while speaking at the AFC coaches breakfast here at the NFL meetings, Reid praised Jordan for his dependability and versatility.
“Akeem is a good, solid player, phenomenal special teams player,” Reid said. “They’re getting a guy that can make all the calls defensively and just brings a certain stability to your football team, in the locker room, on the field. Smart kid.”
The Redskins have Perry Riley locked in at one inside linebacker position but seek a running mate for him with London Fletcher now retired. Washington signed three inside linebackers this month: Jordan, Adam Hayward and Darryl Sharpton. Jordan has the most extensive starting experience of the three.
In 98 games, Jordan has started 44 and recorded 213 tackles. He also stood out on special teams for the Eagles and Chiefs.
He likely will contend for the starting job next to Riley. But even if Jordan doesn’t start, he finds ways to contribute.
“He was full-time for me in Kansas City, and he did it a little bit – was kind of the sixth man – in Philadelphia,” Reid said. “But I had trust that he could play any position, and there wasn’t going to be a big drop-off. He could just do a little bit of everything. He’s got good football smarts.”
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