In-Depth Chart: Strong Side Linebacker

Leading up to training camp, is taking a look at the Redskins' position by position. Marcus Washington is the straw that stirs the drink on the Redskins offense and he's looked to when the team needs a big play. Our in-depth chart will continue through all of the positions.

Starter: Marcus Washington
Experience: 7th NFL season, 3rd with Redskins
: Started 16 games

Resume: The main reasons that the Redskins targeted him when he became a free agent in 2004 were his attitude and character. Washington approaches every practice as though he's a lowly rookie trying to make the team for the first time and his hustle and positive attitude spread to the entire team. He is a joy to watch on the practice field at Redskins Park . And, oh yeah, he's not too bad on game days either. He's on the field virtually every down and he's a triple threat rushing the passer, defending the run sideline to sideline and dropping back in pass coverage.

Said about Washington : "Marcus has played really well. Silently he is playing about as well as any linebacker in this league. If you look at what he has done production-wise for this team, as far as number of tackles, number of rushes, number of pressures, number of hits on the quarterback and number of times he puts his hand on the ball, he's playing very well. There are not a lot of linebackers who can do as much as he does because he never comes off the field."—Gregg Williams

John Keim's Inside Juice: Nobody plays harder; he's as much an emotional leader as the Redskins have had in recent years. Washington was robbed of a Pro Bowl berth. He rushed the passer better late in the year and his sack totals should rise this season, rushing behind Andre Carter. Washington has improved in pass coverage. Why? Because he works at it.

Depth: It's hard to say who backs up Washington since he rarely comes off the field. In fact, the depth chart doesn't even list anyone behind him. Should the need arise they could move Warrick Holdman over from the weak side and insert either Chris Clemons or rookie Rocky McIntosh into Holdman's spot.

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