Breaking down the DLs: Washington

April, 22, 2011
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Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the defensive lines of each NFC East team. Today: Washington Redskins.

I am not going to include Albert Haynesworth as part of this defensive line because it seems unlikely that he will be on Washington’s roster next season.

Here is what the Redskins do have … and they need more.

It is possible that nose tackle is the biggest need on this team. Maake Kemoeatu was a raging failure after being signed as a free agent a year ago. Washington desperately needs a difference-maker in the middle of the defensive front. Anthony Bryant did show some promise finishing out the season in the middle.

The Redskins do have a solid starter in Adam Carriker, who fits Washington’s 3-4 scheme very well. Carriker could be primed for improvement next season. The Redskins also milked a fair amount of production from Vonnie Holliday and Phillip Daniels, but age is obviously a big factor with these two. Holliday was the superior player of the two, so if there is only room for one of these veterans, he would be the one to keep. Youngster Jeremy Jarmon has ability, but was drafted with the intent of using him as a strong-side end in a 4-3 scheme instead of Washington’s odd front. He might warrant snaps on passing downs. Kedric Golston could leave via free agency, and the Redskins might be better off letting him go after a poor 2010 campaign. The Redskins need to add at least one starter to their defensive line.

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