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Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Inside linebacker

Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Inside linebacker

Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp.

Some positions are easy to handicap.

Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?

Up today… Inside linebacker


Position: Inside linebacker

On the roster: Will Compton, Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight, Chris Carter, Zach Vigil, Pete Robertson, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Nico Marley

The numbers: Have nine, likely to keep 4-5 on the final roster.

Locks: Compton, Brown, Foster

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Compton worked his way up from undrafted free agent to the practice squad to a special teams contributor/spot starter to the starting job. He needs to improve his tackling; he had the second-most misses on the team.

Brown is coming off a Pro Bowl season with the Bills. His speed and athleticism bring a playmaking element to the ILB group. Last year he posted four sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. The Redskins would welcome similar production out of him this year.

Foster played well in 2016, leading the team in tackles and getting charged with just five misses.

Later in the season, he adapted well to the nickel linebacker role after Su’a Cravens was injured. He played only 415 snaps last year (37.7 percent) and it seems that despite the acquisition of Brown, they need to find a way to get him on the field more often.

On the bubble: Spaight, Carter, Vigil

The Redskins carried five here last year but they could reduce it by one this season to keep an extra outside LB on the roster. That means that Spaight, a 2015 fifth-round pick, Carter, who signed as a free agent in March, and Vigil, picked up by the Redskins late last season, may be competing for one spot.

Spaight could have the inside track as they liked what they saw when he filled in for Compton last year. Carter is going into his seventh season and his fifth NFL team and he is the sort of journeyman the Redskins might like to hold on to. Vigil started two games for the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie in 2015 so he could be a project worth the development.

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Long shots: Robertson, Harvey-Clemons, Marley

Seventh-round pick Harvey-Clemons may need a year on the practice squad to learn the position and to put some more weight on his 6-4, 215-pound frame. Marley also might need to add to his 200 pounds but at 5-8 he might have trouble doing that.

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?