Behind all of the excitement of the first training camp in Richmond, was the opening week’s news that defensive lineman Adam Carriker will start the season on the PUP list and Jarvis Jenkins will miss the first quarter of the season due to suspension.
Jenkins, who started the 14 games last season after replacing Carriker, was widely speculated by Redskins fans and NFL pundits alike to have a breakout campaign. While he can still certainly wreak havoc upon his return Week 6 against the Cowboys (Week 5 is a bye), he’ll be sidelined to start.
After the news broke that Jenkins would indeed be sitting the first four games of the season, Redskins.com posted a poll asking fans which player will start at left defensive end in his absence between Kedric Golston, Chris Baker and Phillip Merling.
Here are the results:
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It’s really easy to see why defensive end Stephen Bowen and nose tackle Barry Cofield were team captains last season. Both provide unmatchable leadership, have started every game over the last two seasons and are the anchor of Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
Of course there is a additional lineman next to Cofield and Bowen hence the three in 3-4. Bowen will start on the right side of the line like he has for the last 33 games, but what remains to be seen is who will be opposite of him.
While Adam Carrikier started every game in 2011 and Jarvis Jenkins started the last 14 games of the 2012 season, neither will be available for the season kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
So, who’s going to fill in?
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On Tuesday, the Washington Redskins beefed up their defensive line as they signed Phillip Merling to a reserve/futures contract. Merling is a 6-5, 315 pound defensive end who was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Merling was a standout during his three years at Clemson University. During his junior year, he was a key member of a defense that finished the season in the top-10 in scoring and total defense. To add to his honors, he was a member of the 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team after finishing the season with 78 tackles and seven sacks.
During his rookie season, Merling showed off his abilities in a game against the New York Jets when he picked off Brett Favre and rumbled into the end zone for a pick-six. His interception was a game-changing moment and helped the Dolphins clinch the AFC East title.
Watch video of the interception here:
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