Trent Murphy opens offseason workout at new position

Ryan Kerrigan confirmed suspicions that the 2014 second-round pick is transitioning to defensive end.

The Redskins are back in Ashburn. Many off the faces are familiar. For some, the position is different. 

Ryan Kerrigan spoke to the media via conference call after the Washington Redskins first day of offseason workouts. There the Pro Bowl pass rusher confirmed suspicions that Trent Murphy has started working in the trenches after the past two years at linebacker.

"I thought Trent Murphy looked good," Kerrigan said. "He’s obviously working with the D-line a little bit more now, but he looked good. He looked big and strong."

Last weighing in at 250 pounds, Murphy will certainly have had to put on a considerable amount of weight to not get pushed around inside. The average 3-4 defensive end is usually pushing the limits of 300 pounds at a bare minimum.

The 47th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has accumulated six sacks, 65 tackles, three forced fumbles and recoveries in 31 games played including 23 starts. However, he lost significant playing time to rookie Preston Smith as the season unfolded. With Kerrigan starting and Junior Galette re-signing, Murphy wouldn't just be a reserve at OLB, but a deep one at that.

That left Murphy, 25, as the odd man out in a loaded pass rushing core that also features special teams contributor Houston Bates on the depth chart.

However, with a rather fluid situation along the defensive line after Jason Hatcher's release and subsequent retirement, an opening existed at defensive line, a position Murphy played early in his college career at Stanford. 

Kerrigan hinted that Murphy will be given a crack at filling the 10-year veteran's hole from a production, not leadership, standpoint.

"Obviously you’re going to miss a guy like Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, guys like that," he said, "but at the same time we have got the guys that are going to fill in for those guys like Ziggy Hood, Trent Murphy, guys like that."

Murphy joining the defensive line also addresses one of Washington's goals of getting younger along the front line, but likely does not affect any draft plans.

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