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Camp storylines: No. 9 Outside linebacker

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll countdown the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report.

Who will start opposite Brian Orakpo at the other outside linebacker spot in the Redskins' new 3-4 alignment?

Orakpo has nailed down one spot on the strength of his strong rookie season and enormous potential. Veteran defensive end Andre Carter and versatile lineman Lorenzo Alexander are competing for the other spot, and their battle figures to be among the most interesting of training camp. Although they are good friends (both attended the University of California), there is only one spot available.

Prediction: Alexander has defied the odds throughout his surprising run with the Redskins and will win the job. Initially an undersized defensive lineman, he played a key role on defense, offense and special teams as the Redskins reached the 2007 playoffs.

Alexander was a major contributor as a three-technique defensive tackle last season and also helped at end. He has impressed defensive coordinator Jim Haslett with his athleticism for someone so big (he weighs about 275 pounds), prompting the conversion.

Carter is coming off the best season of his career, when he was the Redskins' most productive defensive lineman, but he struggled in coverage during his only season standing up with San Francisco.

Regardless of who starts, Alexander and Carter are both expected to play a lot.

By Jason Reid  |  July 26, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Brian Orakpo  
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Comments

Spittin out new threads like a bama with gap teeth and a lisp...

Posted by: RedDMV | July 26, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Why can't Carter play DE in the 3-4? I know he is not prototypical size, but you have to find a way to get your best 11 on the field. If Alexander is the better OLB, then maybe Carter is the better right DE.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | July 26, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

8. Landry
7. Return Specialist job
6. 4th receiver position
5. Backup QB's
4. Running Backs Situation
3. Haynesworth
2. McNabbb
1. Trent Williams and O-Line

Just my take...

Posted by: oh_boy1 | July 26, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This made me smile...

I miss the old thread.

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 26, 2010 10:35 AM

Posted by: _Stumped_ | July 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I rally hope we still incorporate 4-3 alignments at times. This teams personnel is still best suited for more downlineman.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Another way to look at this is what percentage of defensive snaps do we expect the team will line up in a 3-4 (versus 4-3 or anything else), 50%, 60%?

Regardless, I expect we'll see lots of packages and lots of rotation across the line and those outside LB spots.

And anybody who thinks Andre Carter won't be given a chance to rush the passer -- regardless of what formation is in use on any given passing down -- is a very silly person indeed.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | July 26, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I still say Lorenzo is better suited for ILB but I have learned to never doubt his ability to play any position on the field.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow two new threads in one day

I love the smell of training camp in the morning...

Posted by: noonefromtampa | July 26, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

stu

"I really hope we still incorporate 4-3 alignments at times. This team's personnel is still best suited for more down lineman."


Remember: the purpose of 'hybrid' defenses is to present the offense with something new.

So, expect some 4-3 and 3-4 and whatever other concoctions Haslett can dream up.

Posted by: MistaMoe | July 26, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of playing DEs outta position. Not that it can't work, it just so rarely does.

Nice to see the blog back up.

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 26, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I expect to see a lot of Hybrid and hope to see some audibles on the field between 4-3 and 3-4.

If you have the right guys for it, and we do, we can have Alexander/KpO put their hands on the ground from time to time, and Jump back to OLB in a second.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 26, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I *heart* the return of U.S. American Football season, and remain as optimistic as ever about the impending success of our beloved team!

Posted by: 4-12 | July 26, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping both Alexander and Wilson blossom this year. I think they're a more natural fit in this D.

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 26, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I *heart* the return of U.S. American Football season, and remain as optimistic as ever about the impending success of our beloved team!

Posted by: 4-12 | July 26, 2010 12:25 PM

Careful, you used the "O" word.

Handle change in order? ;)

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 26, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I *heart* the return of U.S. American Football season, and remain as optimistic as ever about the impending success of our beloved team!

Posted by: 4-12 | July 26, 2010 12:25 PM

This would be more credible (and less of a jinx) if you change your handle to, say, 5-11.

Posted by: beep-beep | July 26, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

the preseason games may indicate a lot in terms of their plans, but a solid rotation is a good thing. Even if Carter lines up in the nickel and dime formations as a down lineman, he will be able to contribute a good amount. I want to hear what the hell is up with Jarmon, though. He's been told to convert to LB a while back, so how's his progression?

Posted by: pgugino | July 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Can you see this D w/ 4 Interchangeable DEs?! It's going to be SICK....hopefully.

If Albert can swallow his pride for a minute they all could get very respectable numbers; adding up to SJK whoppin.

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 26, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

the preseason games may indicate a lot in terms of their plans, but a solid rotation is a good thing. Even if Carter lines up in the nickel and dime formations as a down lineman, he will be able to contribute a good amount. I want to hear what the hell is up with Jarmon, though. He's been told to convert to LB a while back, so how's his progression?

Posted by: pgugino | July 26, 2010 12:36 PM

Jarmon kinda threw a monkey wrench into that last week when he said he's bulked up to 295 to transition to DE.

Not sure what to make of it, but it was not rumor, he said it himself. BTW, I think it's a much better use of him than at OLB.

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 26, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Season tickets arrived this morning. I noticed something interesting.....

All the normal players you would expect are printed on the tickets....Moss Portis etc etc etc..... M. Kelly is one of those as well...but NOT D. Thomas....

whats that mean?

Posted by: leevi98 | July 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Chris Wilson. But all these guys are going to rotate.

I see a ton of sacks this year.....No homo

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I think it's still a good chance that Carter still dets traded....

Richard Seymour was traded last year on Sept 9th....So let's see what 4-3 teams in the AFC may need a starting DE....

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 26, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

2-a-days for a week and those 30lbs will disappear from Jamon. Jamon Wholewheat.

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 26, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I *heart* the return of U.S. American Football season, and remain as optimistic as ever about the impending success of our beloved team!

Posted by: 4-12 | July 26, 2010 12:25 PM

nowhere to go but up?

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

whats that mean?

Posted by: leevi98 | July 26, 2010 12:48 PM


That Kelly will be on the team. D Thomas might have too many tatoos for Bruce Allen's liking....

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 26, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo Alexander is a fine player. One of the few talents the Redskins have developed over the past few years. TheCork would be proud.

He has shown to be a hustler and he can hit. His size makes him all the more itimidating. I wouldn't be surprised if he plays both OLB and ILB. He's that versatile.

I thought Jeremy Jarmon weighed in the 270's when we drafted him? He clearly didn't have the speed to play LB, so I'm glad he bulked up to play end.

Posted by: Vicc | July 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Jarmon kinda threw a monkey wrench into that last week when he said he's bulked up to 295 to transition to DE.

Not sure what to make of it, but it was not rumor, he said it himself. BTW, I think it's a much better use of him than at OLB.

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 26, 2010 12:42 PM
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I agree DE is the place for Jarmon

Posted by: jcnjcnj | July 26, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

beeps... new thread each hour today?

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 26, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can figure out the cowboys defense that essentially deploy 5 DLs and two true LBs in their 3-4 scheme.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

On first down and running downs, AC will be given the chance to start at OLB with Chris Draft or HB Blades waiting in the wings to take over if AC fails to make the 3/4 transition. On passing downs, CW and/or JJ will be the option pass rush specialist. I see Lorenzo Alexander spelling AH mostly at DE because AH won't be able to play much more than half the downs. When AH is playing, LA will take some snaps on first and run downs at OLB to give AC a breather. I also think that Kendrick Golston will beat out Keato Molemaloluma to start at NT.

Posted by: iseyij | July 26, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris Draft should start, Chris Wilson should back him up, Alexander should play special teams.

Posted by: coparker5 | July 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Carter... end of story! Rush 5 guys every play and run Zone Blitzes with Carter, Rak and the DL throughout the game. This will keep the OC, QB, and OL guessing all game long. It will lead to mistakes and turnovers and sacks for our D all game long just like the Steelers D for the last 20 years. It's going to be an amazing year for our D... I can't wait.

Posted by: avbanig | July 26, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Alexander and Wilson are good for depth. They will not replace, Carter and Orakpo, two linebackers, that had double digit sacks last year.

Posted by: tonytnt40 | July 27, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Chris Wilson is the best pure pass rusher on the team. He needs to be on the field.

Posted by: largetony86 | July 27, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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