State of the Redskins Depth Chart: Linebackers

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Heading into Week 4 of the NFL preseason, Mike Harar takes a look at the linebackers currently on the roster and their status as of this week.

Position Battles: Inside Linebackers

London Fletcher - Fletcher led the Redskins to a stellar overall defensive performance last Saturday.  It really is amazing to see what he is able do at age 38.

Trending: No change

Perry Riley - Riley had another solid game against the Bills.  So far in the preseason, he continues to show he will be a steady force in the middle.

Trending: No change

Bryan Kehl - Kehl stood out again in the third preseason game.  He appeared to be all over the field and showed good pursuit on several plays.  Kehl also caused a fumble in the game.  He has put himself in a great position to be a key backup and special teams player in 2013.

Trending: Up

William Compton - Compton had another good game as well and was often paired with Kehl in the middle.  The two did a fantastic job of communicating and Compton again showed good instincts and competency at the "Jack" position.

Trending: Up

Nick Barnett - Barnett ended up not playing against the Bills so this Thursday will be his last chance to get some game action in before Week 1.

*** Correction: Barnett did get into the game and managed to get an assist on a tackle in the second quarter.  I will leave his trending status unchanged.

Trending: No change

Marvin Burdette - Burdette was more active in the Buffalo game and made it through the cuts last Tuesday.  He is looking like a prime candidate for the practice squad.

Trending: Up

Position Battles: Outside Linebacker

Brian Orakpo - Orakpo sat out again against the Bills.  By all accounts he is healthy, but coaches are going to sit him the rest of the preseason before he is unleashed on the Eagles in the Monday night opener.

Trending: No change

Ryan Kerrigan - Kerrigan did not shine individually the same way he did against the Steelers, but he is obviously ready to go as the Redskins head into the final preseason game.

Trending: No change

Rob Jackson - Jackson had his best preseason game last Saturday.  He seemed more active and around the ball, which led to a fumble recovery in the second quarter.

Trending: Up

Brandon Jenkins - Continuing an impressive preseason, Jenkins had a great sack in the first quarter in which he had been knocked to the ground but did not quit and was able to reach up and sack Kevin Kolb.  Jenkins' speed and motor are really going to be assets in 2013.

Trending: Up

Darryl Tapp - Tapp also had another impressive game.  He continued to show good strength and pursuit of the quarterback.  He batted down a pass in the second quarter and then had a sack in the final two minutes of the first half.  Based on the what we have seen out of him and Jenkins, the team will be in good hands while Jackson is serving his suspension.

Trending: Up

Vic So'oto - So'oto made it through the first round of cuts but still has an uphill battle to make the team.  He did not stand out against the Bills.

Trending: No change

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