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Getting To Know the 2013 Washington Redskins: Rob Jackson

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The reserve linebacker was responsible for one of the biggest defensive plays of the year in 2012. How much will he be able to contribute this season with Brian Orakpo returning and a four game suspension looming?

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Rob Jackson, 6’4", 266 lbs.

Kansas State, Linebacker

6th Season with the Redskins

Key Career Stats:

7th Round Pick in 2008(242nd overall)

2012 Stats: 37 Total Tackles, 4.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 4 Int’s, 1 TD

Twitter handle: @RobJax50

2012 Highlight: Jackson had the best season of his career to date. With Brian Orakpo missing most of the season due to an injury, Jackson netted extensive playing time. The Redskins were rewarded as he made several big plays, including an interception for a touchdown in a loss against the Bengals and a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery (all on one play) during a hard fought victory against the Ravens. None, however, were bigger than the interception he had late in the fourth quarter in Week 17 that helped seal the victory over the Cowboys for the NFC East title.

2012 Lowlight: Despite some notable plays, Jackson’s performance was fairly reflective of the Redskins defense as a unit. They were not consistent when it came to rushing the passer, and only eight teams finished the year with less sacks. Jackson showed flashes, but mostly demonstrated that he is a role player who could be called upon in select situations and could start in small stretches.

What is coming in 2013: The Redskins re-signed Jackson to a one year deal as a free agent this offseason to reinforce the depth of their linebacking corp. Unfortunately, nothing will be coming from him until their Week 6 matchup against Dallas on Oct 13, as he has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse program. According to The Washington Post, he tested positive for taking an unprescribed pain medication. Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are entrenched as starters at outside linebacker. Upon his return, Jackson will most likely retake his role as their primary back-up and join rookie Brandon Jenkins as a reserve player, situational pass rusher and special teamer. If last year is any indication, he certainly can be productive in that role.