Leading up to training camp, WarpathInsiders.com 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
2005: 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.
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
. 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.
: "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
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