Inside linebacker might not be the only position where the Redskins are contemplating changes after last week’s lopsided loss to the Patriots.
Coach Jay Gruden has indicated that strong safety could also be evaluated this week after Jeron Johnson made the most of his opportunity at Foxboro. The former Legion of Boom backup played 49 snaps—or more than twice his previous high this season—and finished the game with six tackles on defense (all on bruising Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount).
“He’s a consistent performer,” Gruden said of Johnson on Monday. “He’s smart kid and good tackler.”
Trenton Robinson, meanwhile, made his seventh straight start against New England but wound up playing a season-low 33 snaps. He finished with four tackles. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Robinson has missed the third most tackles on the team (10) behind Dashon Goldson and Keenan Robinson.
If Johnson does end up starting against the Saints, it would bring things full circle. The 27-year-old signed here this offseason in the hopes of landing a starting role. The strong safety job, however, went to Duke Ihenacho and then Robinson after Ihenacho got hurt in Week 1.
Like the situation at inside linebacker, though, Gruden did not say there will be a change. But he did indicate that Johnson, who is also the Redskins' leader in special teams tackles, has likely earned the right to play more.
“We thought he deserved the right to play, and he played pretty well for the time that he did,” Gruden said.