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Projected starters: Perry Riley Jr., Keenan Robinson
Notable backups: Akeem Jordan, Darryl Sharpton, Adam Hayward
With London Fletcher gone, the Redskins are hoping they won't miss a beat with two young, promising players filling the void.
Washington re-signed Perry Riley Jr. this offseason, a priority considering his familiarity with Haslett's defense. Riley wasn't spectacular in 2013, but in his defense, you'd be hard-pressed to find many bright spots on any 3-13 team.
Keenan Robinson could be the shot in the arm that the D desperately needs in '14. At 6'3'', 238 pounds, Robinson has great size and athleticism, but he has been injury-riddled during his first two seasons in the NFL. In late May, The Washington Post's Mike Jones detailed Robinson's impressive offseason:
Robinson has done well in classroom sessions and on-field workouts this offseason. And during this week's three days of practices, he lined up with the first team, playing at Fletcher’s old “mike” linebacker spot next to “jack” linebacker Perry Riley Jr., who returns for his fourth season as a starter and last season led Washington in tackles.
In an effort to provide further depth at inside linebacker, the Redskins also signed Akeem Jordan, Darryl Sharpton and Adam Hayward in free agency.
Jordan started 10 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and is stout against the run. Sharpton started eight games for the Houston Texans in '13. Hayward, formally of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is viewed as more of a special teams player.