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Redskins By The (Jersey) Numbers: #96 - Barry Cofield, Cornelius Griffin, And Finders Keepers

The big boys up front lead the way after coming to Washington from NFC East foes.

Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

As we continue descend our path considering Redskins By The (Jersey) Numbers, we arrive at #96. But for one (or maybe two) notable names, there are some pretty slim pickings among a group of big men who have suited up for Washington having donned the number of the day:

Clearly the two notable standouts suited up along the defensive line: Cornelius Griffin (2004-09) and Barry Cofield (2011-14).

Griffin, a former defensive captain, spent the final six seasons of his 10-year NFL career with the Redskins, after starting out with as a 2nd round pick of the New York Giants in 2010. While in Washington, he finished with 195 tackles and 63 assists, 16.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries, 12 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions.

Cofield joined the Redskins after 5 seasons with the Giants, and played 56 in Washington, primarily as a 3-4 nose tackle. From his spot anchoring the center of the d-line, he recorded 9 sacks, 52 tackles, 48 assists, with 15 pass deflections, and 2 fumble recoveries.

Both linemen, having hailed from New York, played a key role after departing from a NFC East division rival. There has never been much love lost between the Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants, but a handful of players over the years have come from Dallas, Philadelphia, and New York to suit up in Washington. So, in my never-ending quest to provide tangentially relevant Redskins-related minutiae, I decided it might be a good idea to see which other Redskins players had come from division foes and made the biggest impact at their respective positions.

After attempting (and failing) to fill out a complete roster of players drafted by division opponents, the revised criteria for the "All-Redskins NFCE Finders Keepers" squad, was delineated such that all players selected must have either been directly previously retained or drafted by a division opponent. So a player like Deion Sanders (via Dallas from free agency) makes the cut, but Mark Moseley (drafted by Philadelphia, but made his way to Washington by way of Houston) fails to meet the (very arbitrary) standard.

All-Redskins NFCE Finders Keepers Depth Chart -
Regular Offense
WR DeSean Jackson (PHI) James Thrash (PHI)
TE Jean Fugett (DAL)
LT Mitch Johnson (DAL) Ray Brown (PHO)
LG Ray Schoenke (DAL)
C Dave Crossan (PHI) John Gesek (DAL)
RG Rod Milstead (DAL)
RT George Seals (NYG) Jason Fabini (DAL)
WR Danny "Lightning" Buggs (NYG) Alvin Harper (DAL)
QB Sonny Jurgenson (PHI) Donovan McNabb (PHI)
FB Steve Thurlow (NYG) Larry Centers (ARI)
HB Billy Ray Barnes (PHI) Calvin Hill (DAL)
Base 4-3 Defense
LDE Jason Hatcher (DAL)
LDT Barry Cofield (NYG) Bill Briggs (NYG)
RDT Cornelius Griffin (NYG) Ben Davidson (NYG)
RDE N.D. Kalu (PHI)
WLB Jessie Armstead (NYG) Jim Carroll (NYG)
MLB Sam Huff (NYG) Fred Hageman (NYG) Jeremiah Trotter (PHI)
SLB Bob Pellegrini (PHI) Carl Banks (NYG)
CB Joe "Big Bird" Lavender (PHI) Deion Sanders (DAL)
SS Brig Owens (DAL)
FS Omar Stoutmire (DAL/NYG)
CB Jesse Campbell (PHI/NYG) Brian Carpenter (NYG)
Special Teams
K Eddie Murray (PHI/DAL) Shaun Suisham (DAL)
P Sav Rocca (PHI)
PR James Thrash (PHI)
KR James Thrash (PHI)

Is this team good? Kind of! Is it deep? Nope! Was this a worthwhile use of time? Maybe!

Along the defensive front, both Cofield and Griffin anchor what could be a very strong defensive front seven. Jurgensen to Jackson would have been certainly a sight to see on offense, though theoretical coach Norv Turner (Dallas to Washington) had better hope his offensive line and defensive secondary could avoid injury without proper backups. But hey, at least there are two kickers.

Which Redskins’ #96 stands out the most to you? Also, who would you be most excited about on the All-Redskins NFCE Finders Keepers squad? Vote in our poll and discuss in the comments below.

Previously: #97, up next #95...


Who is the most notable Redskin to wear #96?

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  • 76%
    Cornelius Griffin (DT, 2004-09
    (192 votes)
  • 19%
    Barry Cofeld (DT, 2011-14)
    (49 votes)
  • 1%
    Ma'ake Kemoeatu (DT, 2010)
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Houston Bates (OLB, 2015-17)
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Lamont Hollinquest (LB, 1993-94)
    (4 votes)
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