The Redskins received some bad news today when an MRI on rookie defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins revealed that he tore his ACL during the Redskins’ preseason game in Baltimore last night. The team’s second-round draft pick was going to be a heavy contributor in the defensive line rotation and many were figuring that he would eventually take over as the starter at left defensive end.
The team already was somewhat thin at the position. The starters are fine with Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen. Kedric Golston provides some experienced depth but things get shaky beyond that. Next up on the depth chart are journeyman Darrion Scott, who has played in six NFL games since the 2006 season and second-year player Doug Worthington, who has yet to take an NFL snap.
There are other options out there. The Redskins released longtime end Phillip Daniels (pictured) just after the lockout ended. There was word that the Redskins told him that they might be interested in bringing him back if the situation changed. Daniels knows the defense, he is in town, and he has been working out. As there is no reason to believe that Jenkins won’t be ready for next season, a short-term solution may be called for here and, at age 38, Daniels would be just that.
There may be some free agents out there that the Redskins could sign but the pickings appear to be slim. The first tier is gone and the second and third tiers are pretty well picked over. They might not be able to find anyone much better than they have on the roster now and maybe no one better than Daniels.
The Redskins could decide to trade for depth. Perhaps a team that is in need of depth at, say, wide receiver would be willing to deal away a rotational defensive end.
The first round of cuts takes place starting today with the deadline being Tuesday. This is a cut from 90 to 80 players so the chances of finding quality depth then are small. However, the next round goes to 53 and there could be some quality reserve defensive ends on that waiver wire list.