To see the Overview, Changes, and Depth Chart for the Redskins' linebackers, go to Man to Man: The Linebackers, Part 1.
Man to Man—Inside linebackers and "Tweeners"
Brian Allen (6-2, 242, Florida State, 4 NFL seasons): Allen has started just one NFL game in his four-year career with St. Louis and Carolina and he isn't much of a threat to start many for the Redskins. He will earn his paycheck on special teams, where he has been a valued contributor for the Panthers.
Mike Barrow (6-4, 245, Miami (FL), 12 NFL seasons): A
seemingly minor knee injury lingered into a lost season for Barrow after he
came over from the New York Giants as a free agent. He was a candidate to be
cut in the offseason, but his recovery pace has quickened and he will battle it
out in camp. It's likely that he will either win the starting position in the
middle or get cut; his price tag is too high for a reserve.
Robert McCune (6-1, 245, Louisville, rookie): This 26-tear-old veteran (of the US armed forces, not of the NFL) is nicknamed The Hammer and it's not because carpentry is his hobby. McCune knows how to hit and while it may take a while for him to work his way into the regular defensive rotation, he should be fun to watch on special teams in the meantime.
Warrick Holdman (6-1, 235, Texas A&M, seven NFL
seasons): Holdman has started 61 NFL games, most of them as an outside
linebacker for the Browns and Bears. It seems likely that the Redskins signed
him to compete for the spot in the middle. He may seem a bit small for the
role, but in Williams' scheme the position demands more brains than bulk. It
says here that if Barrow can't make it, Holdman will be manning the middle on
September 11 against one of his old teams, Chicago.
Lemar Marshall (6-2, 237, Michigan State, four NFL
seasons): After Pierce left for the Giants, the Redskins announced that
Marshall would move from the outside, where he filled in ably last year for the
injured Arrington, to the middle. He's no stranger to changing positions,
having played defensive back at Michigan State. Should he not crack the
starting lineup in the middle, he'll certainly be a versatile situation player
Jared Newberry (6-2, 235, Stanford, rookie): Newberry had a reputation for having a motor that ran on full throttle constantly at Stanford. In order to make this experienced, deep group of linebackers he'll have to duplicate that effort and then some. Should he lose out in the numbers game for a spot on the 53-man roster, he's a candidate for the practice squad.
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