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Posted at 4:04 PM ET, 12/24/2010

Rob Jackson will start at linebacker Sunday against Jaguars

By Dan Steinberg

Less than a week after being elevated from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster, linebacker Rob Jackson will find himself in the starting lineup Sunday.

Jackson, a third-year pro taken by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, had been on the practice squad all season, but he was told by Mike Shanahan on Monday that he would get his first NFL start in Jacksonville this weekend.

"But a lot can change from Monday to Sunday," Jackson said with a smile after Friday's practice. " It was good knowing that I lasted the week in that spot."

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Jackson has played in eight NFL games, recording a single tackle in the 2008 season. Drafted as a defensive lineman, he's been converted to linebacker in defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme, just like the man he's replacing. Asked to compare himself to Orakpo, Jackson said he is less of a power rusher, instead relying on his hands and working the edges.

"Everyone knows this game is about opportunities, and if you get your opportunity and you don't take advantage of it, you may not get another opportunity," the 25-year old said. "So I feel like this is my opportunity, and it can make or break me."

Chris Wilson has backed up Orakpo much of the year, and when the Pro Bowler sustained hamstring and groin injuries last week in Dallas, Andre Carter picked up many of his snaps. But Jackson said he wasn't surprised to learn he was going from the practice squad to the starting lineup as the front office continues to evaluate its roster with two games remaining.

"I mean, I've seen this year how Shanahan works and how he works his team," Jackson said Friday. "So I was always going into it as anything can happen at any given time, just take it week-by-week. One week you could be on the practice squad, the next week you could be starting. This year, [there were] a lot of changes, let's put it that way, so I just kept my ears and eyes open and was ready."

By Dan Steinberg  | December 24, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
 
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Comments

Cork: Ignore Flounder21, comments indicate this poster to be extremely immature.

Posted by: lacy41 | December 24, 2010 3:24 PM |

Cork wasn't responding to me idiot, and if you have something to say please give more more then immature tell me where I'm wrong come with facts or don't come at all.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight DM5 tells his agent to say all that stuff then because he is a good guy says he had nothing to do with it. And this makes him look to some of you like he is taking the high road and being the better man.

Makes me think he is lying his a$$ off everyone knows he said exactly what his agent said. He should be a man and say it himself, because by saying he had nothing to do with it makes him look like an idiot with an agent he can't control.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all my ri cats...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 24, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Back at you Greg hope you still got some money left.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

haha, thanks flound, wait some what left...munee..is that how you say is...what is this you speak of?

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Flounder 21, you hit it out of the park. What else to expect from a guy who threw up in the huddle. Remember what DeSean Jackson said upon learning that McNabb was traded: the Eagles were a better team. The corollary to that is whoever gets McNabb is a worse team. We have learned that the hard way.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 24, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

And suddenly I don't look so stoopid for predicting McNabb will be back and starting next year.

The O line should be better with Williams and Brown at full speed and a center yet to be named, and the tweaks which uninformed bloggers insist should happen overnight will come in the offseason when you finally have time to rebuild your approach from the ground up.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 24, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

So, it comes out today that the media is full of SJK. Big surprise there.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Mc5 is on a team with sub NFL talent. Yes we have a few NFL players, but as a whole, we are lacking. Stop expecting him to carry the team on his shoulder. Mannings, Brady, Vick, and anyone else would by losing with this roster.

Besides, when your special team suck, offense, suck, and defense suck, most sane people would at least blame coaching.

Posted by: edavis291 | December 24, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

can't wait to hear what the media has to say about carter and wilson being clearly disrespescted by rob jackson starting

Posted by: hcic55 | December 24, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

On the subject of drama still existing around Redskins Park post-Zorn, I think one of the several things happening in Shanahan: Year One is the purging of said drama.

I expect less drama next year.

Takes time to change a culture.


Merry Christmas, peeps! Be safe, and make sure the people you love know it.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 24, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Mc5 is on a team with sub NFL talent. Yes we have a few NFL players, but as a whole, we are lacking. Stop expecting him to carry the team on his shoulder. Mannings, Brady, Vick, and anyone else would by losing with this roster.

Besides, when your special team suck, offense, suck, and defense suck, most sane people would at least blame coaching.

Posted by: edavis291 | December 24, 2010 5:35 PM | R

Well, you may have a point...but I don't think so. Let's examine your statement shall we?

1) It is impossible to say what another quarterback could or could not do in this system without actually seeing them in it. You are making an assumption based on your opinion, which is garbage. Yeas, the other aspects of the teams game are poor BUT

2) We've lost several games by one score or less. McNabb misses 2-5 open passes per game. Everyone knows that 1 play can change a whole game. So if we are going to make assumptions that no one can win with this team than we must allow ALL assumptions. This one being that any of the 2-5 misses of wide open recievers could have easily resulted in a score or at least a first down to keep a drive moving. Those scores could have changed our loses into wins. In that light, it looks to me that Manning and Brady (who we expect to make those easy throws) could easily win with this team.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is telling the truth about the leaks, smiths statement did have the beneficial impact of Kyle coming out and correcting some of the disparaging statements made about Donovans practice habits, etc.

Kyle didn't mind rumors that made Donovan look bad sitting out there, but when things started reflecting badly on him, he got talkative real quick.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify a little more that 6 losses by one score or less...hmm. Those errant throws to wide open recievers look a little more important don't they. Don't get me wrong, I don't think the coaches have been geniuses either AND our pass catchers have to shoulder some of the blame for dropping passes that hit them in the hands. there is PLENTY of blame to go around. But when you say stop expecting him to carry the team on his shoulders well, why? He's a 6 time probowler that carried a poor team to the playoffs many times. Other top notch quarterbacks shoulder their teams as well. I don't think it was too much to ask to complete easy, wide open passes.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyways...Merry Christmas Redskin faithful. We're a long suffering yet die hard bunch (at least most of us.) God love ya.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas, dammit!

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 24, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

i haven't been on since a couple days after the Green Bay game. i gotta say, i'm at a loss after the way this season has played out.

the biggest problem with the D is pretty obvious...no DT to anchor the 3-4 (thanks, Albert). other factors are contributing to the Defense's performance, but there you go.

as far as the offense goes, the biggest problem seems to be the play-calling to me. has DMc5 played pretty cruddy at times? oh yeah, no argument there, but about 6 or 7 more run calls a game in certain situations would've helped (in my humble, layman's opinion). RG8's success in the Dallas game might be attributed to Todd Collins Syndrome (familiarity with KShan's system).

not tryin' to give anyone a pabrian kind of vibe here, but perhaps Mc5's struggles were not because of his weaknesses but KShan's playcalling.

has any coach with a son working for him ever fired that son? this question leads to my wild supposition of the day...MShan and DMc5 stay (hopefully he fires his agent), KShan goes. yeah? no?

anyway, whatever holiday you're celebrating this month, blessings to you. Merry Christmas, as it were.

Posted by: terrapin3 | December 24, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

terrapin3 coins a phrase. "Don't want to give anyone the pabrians." "Not trying to pull a pabrian." "...a pabrian vibe." Me likey.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

terrapin3 coins a phrase. "Don't want to give anyone the pabrians." "Not trying to pull a pabrian." "...a pabrian vibe." Me likey.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 6:36 PM

y'know, we all can disagree about who's responsible for the current year's debacle, but he gets so shrill about it. i don't think Mc5 is as culpable as some, but that's ok. i could be wrong.

Posted by: terrapin3 | December 24, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all Skins fans (including pabrain, Alan4, & AdamCr).

Here’s to you and yours,
And to mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come
Across you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 24, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

y'know, we all can disagree about who's responsible for the current year's debacle, but he gets so shrill about it. i don't think Mc5 is as culpable as some, but that's ok. i could be wrong.

Posted by: terrapin3 | December 24, 2010 6:44 PM |

I'm sure it's a combination of all of it to some degree or another. No one person can be blamed for a 53 man on the field operation with as many chiefs as indians.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 24, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

back at ya, diesel44. all right, about 5PM MTZ, i'm sittin' down to Christmas Eve dinner.

HTTR and have a good couple days, people.

Posted by: terrapin3 | December 24, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all the RI peeps...enjoy the holiday and hopefully we'll have a win to talk about on Monday.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 24, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

To All RI Peeps
Whether we agree or not
Happy Hollidays!

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 24, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas from Tikal, Guatemala, (the largest city in the world in 800AD) where the big holiday for the Mayas is the solstice. The sun reaches its lowest point, dies, and has to be restored to life. Hope that this season marks the Redskins' solstice.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 24, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas, happy hollidays.
May god bless you and yours.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | December 24, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

from Rob Jackson:

One week you could be on the practice squad, the next week you could be starting.


I guess he didn't notice the numbers of injuries and inefficiences that caused his promotion to occur in the last two games of a season where the defensive unit as a whole hasn't performed well.


Posted by: gimmesummoe | December 24, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Happy Holidays.

The atheist me would elaborate.

But here, on the eve of world happiness.

Nothing else needs to be said.

Peace.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | December 24, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

from Rob Jackson:

One week you could be on the practice squad, the next week you could be starting.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | December 24, 2010 7:47 PM

The question here is what does this say about Chris Wilson who has been the #2 behind Orakpo all season and when Po goes down...Jackson gets the start.

They need to draft an OLB in April. My pick would be Kerrigan from Purdue.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 24, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

They need to draft an OLB in April.


Agreed.

I think Jackson getting playing time over Wislon is another one of those player-evaluation things we should expect from a team headed to a 5-11 collapse, er, finish.

You have to wonder which of the following players have futures as redskins:

Chris Wilson

Andre Carter

HB Blades

Lorenzo Alexander

Rob Jackson

Posted by: gimmesummoe | December 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Moe-

You've named a 4-3 DE and a bunch of special teamers.

This roster is void of talent.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Merry Xmas to all who celebrate and F dallas

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

In about 3 hours, Jesus Christ will be 2,043 years old...

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: rickyroge | December 24, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Merry Xmas to all who celebrate and F dallas

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse
I cosign that wonderful thought, zces.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 24, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Rob Jackson shouldn't even be on an NFL roster. Take the first flight out to Vegas, lay the points, borrow the money if you must.

This will be ugly.

Posted by: guruvinny | December 25, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Rob Jackson shouldn't even be on an NFL roster. Take the first flight out to Vegas, lay the points, borrow the money if you must.

This will be ugly.

Posted by: guruvinny | December 25, 2010 1:33 AM

========
is Rob Jackon the last player standing from Vinny's 2008 draft?
A DE playing LB on a last place team that is still force feeding a 3-4 on 4-3 personnel. What a wasted year.

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 25, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Easy killers, it's Christmas. Relax and give the hate a rest for the day. Let some peace and happiness into your lives...to do that you have to forget about the Skins for one day. Merry Christmas and have a great one!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 25, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Dear Santa
Please have Mr Snyder use the profit from all my Christmas gifts wisely this time. I know I ask for this every year but I've really, really been good this time.
BJ

Posted by: williambyrlpricejr | December 25, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Yippee, Santa (actually wirewoman) brought me a brand new Redskins hat. I hope no bullys make fun of me. Have a good day bloggas and Fdallas.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 25, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Santa (actually wirewoman) brought me a brand new Redskins hat.


You're lucky.

mrsmoe got me a '1-day of Free Pleasure Card'.

Thing is, it's dated 12.24.10.


Posted by: gimmesummoe | December 25, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Merry CHRISTmas to all. I hope all of you are well and at peace. F all our disagreements today and just enjoy all we have.

HTTR too.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 25, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Rob Jackson shouldn't even be on an NFL roster. Take the first flight out to Vegas, lay the points, borrow the money if you must.

This will be ugly.

Posted by: guruvinny | December 25, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Got a tip for ya' VINNY. Say out of VEGAS and away from gamblers.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 25, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Diesel44 | December 25, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the post buries positive stories for the Skins...

They signed OT Xavier Fulton (5th round pick of Tampa Bay)6'5", 315LBS to the practice squad.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 25, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/25/fletcher-smith-vs-shanahans-continues/

I should have mentioned this before, but I didn't realize how significant it was before I read Mike Florios "Fletcher Smith vs. Shanahans continues" article on PFT. Did anybody notice how different the playcalling was against the Cowboys? Some of the plays and formations we hadn't seen all year and apparently McNabb asked for some of those plays, but Kyle was secretly super saving them for Sexy Rexy to succeed! Kyle Shanahan purposefully sabotaged McNabbs season. racism

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Posted by: skinshaveaGM | December 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the post buries positive stories for the Skins...

Hard to believe they would do such a thing.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the post buries positive stories for the Skins...

Hard to believe they would do such a thing.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 25, 2010 12:02 PM

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You have to consider the audience wireman. People like pabrian2008, alan4, and ifthethunderdontgetya are never satisfied and always b1tching and whining. Unfortunately arguing with these alleged Redskin fans is no different than arguing with Dallas fans or Philly fans. There is something fundamentally wrong with that...Having to defend your team against your own fans in addition to other fans. Jeeez. In conclusion Jason Reid(who btw is not a Redskin fan, but a reporter who got stuck with the beat) is merely pandering to the crowd

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Posted by: skinshaveaGM | December 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the post buries positive stories for the Skins...

Hard to believe they would do such a thing.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 25, 2010 12:02 PM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You have to consider the audience wireman. People like pabrian2008, alan4, and ifthethunderdontgetya are never satisfied and always b1tching and whining. Unfortunately arguing with these alleged Redskin fans is no different than arguing with Dallas fans or Philly fans. There is something fundamentally wrong with that...Having to defend your team against your own fans in addition to other fans. Jeeez. In conclusion J.Reid(who btw is not a Redskin fan, but a reporter who got stuck with the beat) is merely pandering to the crowd

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Posted by: skinshaveaGM | December 25, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

On the subject of drama still existing around Redskins Park post-Zorn, I think one of the several things happening in Shanahan: Year One is the purging of said drama.

I expect less drama next year.

Takes time to change a culture.


Merry Christmas, peeps! Be safe, and make sure the people you love know it.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 24, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

well said freak. Merry Christmas and HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 25, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

We finally get to see if JACKSON was worth a pick.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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