When will youth be served on defense?

When will youth be served on defense?
November 12, 2011, 6:15 pm
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We have seen, documented and discussed the youth movement on the Redskins' offense. Three rookies started last week against the 49ers and it looks like Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson and Maurice Hurt will have those starting jobs for the rest of the season.The question is, when will be start seeing some younger players get a shot on defense?Ryan Kerrigan, of course, has been the very defintion of a mainstay of on defense this year. He is the only player who has not missed a defensive snap. But action for other rookies and second-year players has been limited.It seems likely that at some point we will see second-year inside linebacker Perry Riley get some defensive snaps. Neither of the Redskins' starting inside linebackers is under contract for 2012. It seems likely that London Fletcher will be back as the undisputed leader of the defense. But Rocky McIntosh has had issues tackling and in other areas this year and he will turn 30 next season. It would make sense to get Riley in there to see if he can be a long-term solution there or if the team will have to address the position in the draft or in free agency next year.On my weekly appearance on Redskins Nation, Larry Michael and I talk about another young player who might get a shot at some point in safety DeJon Gomes. At the time we taped this the status of LaRon Landry for Sunday's game was uncertain and Gomes possibly was in line to get some playing time at safety. Now, Landry is probable and it appears that Gomes first shot at sustained action at safety will have to wait.