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With Reuben Foster out for the year, how much help can Jon Bostic be?

With Reuben Foster out for the year, how much help can Jon Bostic be?

The Redskins lost a first-round talent when linebacker Reuben Foster went down for the season with a knee injury last month during non-contact drills in OTAs. A few days later, Washington signed Jon Bostic, a former second-round pick with plenty of NFL starts. 

Like a simple math equation, losing a first-round pick with baggage like Foster for a second-round pick with an experience like Bostic might not be that big of a loss. But don't trust the math. 

Bostic had an impressive four-year run at the University of Florida, proving to be a big hitter and capable tackler, particularly against the run. In the NFL, however, the results haven't been astounding. 

Chicago took Bostic with the 50th overall pick in 2013, and things went reasonably well. He started nine games of his rookie season. In 2014, Bostic picked up where he left off as a rookie, starting eight games and logging 83 tackles. 

The Bears made a coaching change after the 2014 season, and new Chicago coach John Fox traded Bostic to the Patriots for a sixth-round pick. Yes, it's good that Bill Belichick targeted Bostic, but, one year later, New England traded Bostic to the Lions for a conditional seventh-round pick. After a training camp injury landed him on the injured reserve, Bostic never played a snap for Detroit.

In 2017, things improved. Bostic signed with the Colts as a free agent, started 14 games and nearly posted a 100-tackle season. Last year, he signed with the Steelers as a free agent, started 14 games and had 73 tackles. 

At this point, there is enough to form an opinion about Bostic. 

He can help the Redskins. He's a good tackling inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Washington can use that. Bostic will not replicate the speed or athleticism of Reuben Foster, or present even a similar amount of potential the former Alabama star held in the middle of the Redskins defense. 

Bostic will help the Redskins depth at inside linebacker and should provide insurance for injuries to either Mason Foster or Shaun Dion Hamilton. Remarkably, he's already been calling the defensive sets in certain practice situations with the Burgundy and Gold. It can't hurt either that Bostic's father was an NFL player, as he understands the seriousness and grind of the game. 

Pro Football Focus has rated Bostic's last two seasons as the best of his six-year career, but neither graded out at more than +1. Of the Redskins returning linebackers, Bostic did have the best grade for 2018 with a -0.4. Foster landed at -11.1, the worst grade on the team, and Hamilton was -1.3. Josh Harvey-Clemons graded at -4.9. Plenty of NFL players and coaches dismiss the PFF grades entirely, but they are a metric that is reportedly applied evenly across players. 

Washington also has rookie Cole Holcomb playing inside linebacker now, and with his speed, he will get more of an opportunity this fall with Reuben Foster out. 

Looking at the 'Skins LB unit, it's hard to see Bostic as anything but middle of the pack. Mason Foster and Hamilton project as the starters, Harvey-Clemons should play in his nickel role, and Holcomb and Bostic will compete for other snaps. 

Add all of that up, and the whole does not equal the sum of its parts when Foster was involved. 

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Enjoy a closer look at the new Washington Football Team helmets

Enjoy a closer look at the new Washington Football Team helmets

As NFL teams prepare for the truncated preseason, the Washington Football Team's equipment managers are preparing for an entirely new look. The team already unveiled its new-look uniforms and helmets, and it shared a closeup look for fans on Instagram Wednesday night.

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The helmets have been a major hit among fans online since being revealed, so any time they can get up close and personal, they'll be happy.

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As the opener grows nearer, fans will continue to be excited for any glimpse of the new uniforms, helmets and players ahead of the 2020 season. As long as the uniforms look this great, we'll take any more videos from the equipment team, please and thank you.

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DeAngelo Hall explains why he's so excited to join Washington's radio broadcast booth

DeAngelo Hall explains why he's so excited to join Washington's radio broadcast booth

The Washington Football Team announced its revamped radio broadcast crew on Tuesday, and longtime Burgundy and Gold defensive back DeAngelo Hall was named as one of the new additions to the booth.

Hall will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play analyst Bram Weinstein. Julie Donaldson, who recently took over as Washington's Senior VP of Media and Content, will serve as host and anchor. 

In an interview with Donaldson on Wednesday, Hall shared his excitement to return to Washington in a different role, with the same team he spent over a decade playing for.

"It was just so much that I felt like was unfinished with Washington," Hall said. "I wanted to bring championships to the city, wanted to win so many more games, wanted to cement my legacy as a member of this organization."

Hall spent parts of 10 seasons with Washington, suiting up for a total of 106 games for the club. The cornerback-turned-safety was a team captain for multiple seasons during his time in D.C. and seen as one of the main leaders on the squad.

As Hall mentioned, during his tenure in D.C., the team left the field on the losing end a lot more times than they were victorious. In the near-decade that Hall played for the Burgundy and Gold, Washington made the playoffs just twice, losing both times in the Wild Card round.

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Despite multiple losing seasons as of late, the team is ushering in a new era, one that fans have plenty to be excited about. Well-respected head coach Ron Rivera is now in charge, and the team has no shortage of young talent. Now, they have a new broadcast team to help begin a new era of Washington football following the plethora of organizational changes that have occurred this offseason.

The team's new radio broadcast trio replaces the long-time voice of the team, Larry Michael, as well as analysts Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker. Michael resigned last month amid allegations in a Washington Post story of inappropriate behavior

Cooley joined the booth as an analyst in 2013, replacing former Washington linebacker Sam Huff. Cooley worked alongside Michael and Sonny Jurgensen, who served as part of the radio broadcast before retiring last August.

Hall knows he has big shoes to fill, and he's ready to do just that.

"Having played all those years there, listening to Sonny [Jurgenson] and Sam [Huff], to pick up that mantle, to me, that's just as big of an honor as playing for the Washington Football Team," Hall said. "Those guys did such a great job for so many years. I just hope I can do half as good of a job as those two guys."

Since retiring following the 2016 season, Hall has spent time as an analyst for NFL Network and NBC Sports Washington.

"I'm super pumped. Super honored," Hall said. "I'm ready to work...I just can't even put into words, I'm so excited."

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