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Jackson Jeffcoat Feeling More Comfortable At Linebacker


Jackson Jeffcoat -- a defensive end turned linebacker -- once again flashed his talent Thursday with his second sack in as many games after recording a sack and interception late in 2014.

This time a year ago Jackson Jeffcoat was just learning how to play the linebacker position after an accolade-filled career at the University of Texas as a defensive end.

Sure, the talent was still there and he showed it at times as a member of the Seattle Seahawks' 2014 90-man squad, but it took time to understand all of the nuances of playing on the outside.

Fast forward to Thursday and the Redskins' 21-17 preseason Week 2 victory over the Detroit Lions, and Jeffcoat recorded his second sack in as many games.

"I got a good jump on the ball," he told after the game. "The guy didn't shoot his hands so I beat him off the edge, leaned, got around him, tried to strip the ball out and pull the quarterback down, get it out and make a play."

While the two sacks have gotten him off on the right foot, Jeffcoat said he's "not satisfied" with just what he's done so far.

"Obviously we have two more preseason games, so I'm just going to try to keep getting sacks," he said. "That's the thing I have to do, and make sure I'm playing better at linebacker as well. So there's a lot of stuff I can go back and improve on."

Jeffcoat is fighting for a roster spot on this year's squad after impressing as a late-season call-up last year.

He was signed to the team's practice squad on Sept. 2 before being called up to the active roster on Oct. 7. Waived a month later, Jeffcoat returned to the team as a practice squad member once again before his services were needed on gameday.

In three games with one start, the 6-foot-3, 253 pounder recorded five tackles along with a sack on Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 16 and an interception against Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in Week 17.

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With fellow outside linebackers Junior Galette and Ryan Kerrigan both yet to appear in either preseason game this year, Jeffcoat has seen extended action with the second and third teams.

Every single rep he's gotten so far and will continue to get are "very important."

"Anytime I can get out there and put my plays on tape, and let people know I make plays when I get in, is very important," Jeffcoat said. "There are not just the Redskins watching but also 31 other teams watching as well."




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