Redskins poach division rivals to revamp D-line

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 4:12 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Redskins have been collecting D-linemen since the end of last season — and with good reason. They finished ranked 26th against the run, 29th in sack percentage and 31st in pass defense with a group up front that had gotten old and a bit stale. They drafted Jarvis Jenkins and Chris Neild in April to help and then made some big moves in free agency, adding Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield. But where will they all end up playing? Mike Shanahan said Cofield will man the nose most of the time and also spend time at end. Bowen too has some flexibility, as he can shift from the five-technique DRE spot in the 3-4 fronts and kick inside to tackle when the Redskins use four-man lines in passing situations. Jenkins is primarily a 3-4 end; Neild, if he makes the team, is strictly a nose. There is some leftover help, too, with DLE Adam Carriker holding onto his starting spot for now.