Last year, linebacker Perry Riley saw just a handful of snaps on defense after the Redskins took him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. His most notable play was a mistake. Against the Vikings, he committed an illegal block that nullified a Brandon Banks touchdown on a punt return. The score would have given the Redskins a fourth-quarter lead in a game they ended up losing.
This year, the LSU product could have a chance to make more positive contributions. Last year’s starter at the Jack inside linebacker spot, Rocky McIntosh, may be moving on in free agency. The job could go to Riley.
“I’ll have a chance to fight for the starting job coming into camp,” he said after Friday afternoon’s practice. “I still have to go and show I’m deserving of the spot.”
Whether or not he wins the job, Riley may be sporting a new look. As you can see in the picture, he is has cultivated a very full beard. But he may not have it for long.
The second Friday practice was not conducted in pads; in fact, the players were not even wearing helmets. But there was sweat dripping off of his beard. No doubt, it was hot but not nearly as hot as it will get in a week or so when the players will practice in full pads.
“It’s hotter, that’s for sure,” he said when asked about the beard.
Asked if he was rethinking his look, he admitted, “Yeah, I’m thinking about cutting it.”