December 16, 2019

Washington Redskins 2014 Season Preview Part VI: Defensive Line

All this week leading up to the Washington Redskins 2014 season opener against the Houston Texans on Sept. 7, District Sports Page is taking an in-depth look at the players that will make up the 53-man roster to start the season in a position-by-position breakdown.

In Part I, Neil Dalal took a look at the Quarterback position.
In Part II, Eric Hobeck examined the situation at running back.
In Part III, Joe Mercer previewed the wide receiver corps.
In Part IV, Joe Ziegengeist evaluated the offensive line.
In Part V, Joe Mercer reviewed Jordan Reed and the tight ends.

Here is our preview of the defensive line. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins’ defensive woes still manageable; backups to play key role in weeks ahead

While Washington Redskins fans may feel uneasy after last Sunday’s matchup against the Rams, it’s too early to talk about revising predictions for the season.

In the hours immediately following Josh Morgan’s fourth-quarter tantrum—which cost the Redskins 15 yards and the opportunity to take Sunday night’s matchup against the Rams into overtime—fans and critics alike spoke of Washington’s sloppy defense, crippling injuries and missed opportunities as if all hope for the burgundy and gold this season was gone. Analysts who unabashedly projected the Redskins would tally 10 or more wins before the season began suddenly backpedaled, saying Sunday night’s game proved Washington would be lucky to finish near .500. Fans showed their frustrations—some even took to extremes, targeting Morgan with profanity-laced threats via Twitter—and doubters found affirmation that, yet again, the Redskins would fail to turn things around this season. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins get bad news on injury front: Orakpo, Carriker done for season

Redskins LB Brian Orakpo can only watch from sidelines in Week 2 loss to Rams. (photo Brian Murphy)

The Washington Redskins defensive front seven was supposed to be one of the strongest units on the team this season. That unit took a huge blow today when the team revealed that two of its starters will miss the rest of the season due to injury. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins re-sign Adam Carriker and Kory Lichtensteiger

The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday they re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Adam Carriker and restricted free agent guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Carriker, 27, returns for his third season with the Redskins and his sixth overall in the NFL in 2012. He has played in 63 career games with 57 starts. In 2011, Carriker’s 5.5 sacks were a career-high, and surpassed his career total of 3.5 sacks amassed in his first four seasons in the NFL.

Lichtensteiger, 26, played in five games in 2011, starting all five at left guard before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury. Lichtensteiger has appeared in 37 career games with 19 starts in three seasons of NFL service.

Carriker rejoins what should be a fairly stout defensive line, with Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen and Jarvis Jenkins, with additional pressure coming from outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo.

Lichtensteiger is still recovering from knee surgery and has resumed running, but won’t be ready to participate in OTAs. He hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Redskins coverage on Twitter @RedskinsDSP.

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