Five questions with: Jessie Armstead

When the Redskins signed Jessie Armstead, fellow linebacker LaVar Arrington celebrated because he finally had someone to learn from at OLB. What does Armstead think he's taught Arrington? And how does Armstead think the linebackers can be used given their talent?

Q: What things have you worked on with LaVar?

A: He has so much talent that you can't teach. But as far as the process I go through every day, knowing how to be consistent. You have to be consistent and go hard day in and day out. That's what it's going to take. The mental part is the only part I talk to him about. I make sure he's where he's supposed to be.

Q: You're not out there teaching him pass drops or anything like that?

A: He has so much raw talent that you can tell him how to do it, but after you teach that part, his natural talent takes over. And he has some natural talent that's out of this world. He already knows a lot. It just takes someone like myself to prod him when I see him slacking off. It's like, 'Hey, man let's keep doing this or do it that way.'

Q: What can you do as a group of linebackers that maybe you haven't been able to do before?

A: You can shoot some gaps because two more guys are there to cover your wing. A lot of times you don't take certain chances because no one can cover your backside. But both of those guys can do anything. It's opened it up for all three of us. It's not so much on one person.

Q: Does having a MLB who can cover like Jeremiah open things up for you and LaVar?

A: Absolutely. We don't have to help out. He can hold his own. Sometimes you get a middle linebacker who can't hold his own so he depends on the outisde linebacker. I was fortunate to be with a middle linebacker like Michael Barrow in New York. Kevin Mitchell can do the same thing also.

Q: Does this make you feel freer?

A: You always feel like you have more confidence because they're out there with you. If you miss something you know you've got two linebackers who can help you out also. We're going to be real vicious. It's up to us to demonstrate that.

John Keim also covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.

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