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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins' updated depth chart—Defense

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins' updated depth chart—Defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 14, 35 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 44
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 59
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 71
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 123
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 180

Looking at the 2017 depth chart—defense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the defense stands now. The offense was up yesterday.

Defensive line: Ricky Jean Francois, Phil Taylor, Stacy McGee
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis

This is based on the players who are on the roster now. None of the three listed starters should be starting. If they get a top-line free agent like Jonathan Hankins or Dontari Poe, that is one starter. A solid draft could bring one or two more. This unit is very much a work in progress (as it has been the last couple of years).

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Linebackers: OLBs Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan; ILBs Mason Foster, Will Compton
Backups: Junior Galette, Trent Murphy, Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels

There will be some competition here from Lynden Trail and Houston Bates on the outside and Zach Vigil on the inside. The draft could add some more talent both on the inside and on the edge.

Defensive backs: CBs Bashaud Breeland, Josh Norman; SS Su’a Cravens, FS D.J. Swearinger
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Tharold Simon, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, 1-2 draft picks

The starters seem to be set although we have to see if Swearinger can play free safety. Fuller struggled for long stretches of last year and they hope that he can get his feet under him in his second year. Simon, Blackmon, and Everett could all be replaced by draft picks or free agents. DeAngelo Hall may be released but he could get a chance to come back on a reduced salary.

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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