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Washington Redskins Sign DL Ron Brace to Contract

February 14th, 2013 at 2:08 PM
By Zach Powell

The Washington Redskins have added their second free agent defensive linemen to the roster adding nosetackle Ron Brace.

The 6'6, 330 lbs. lineman was a former second round draft pick of the New England Patriots in the 2009 season, grew up in Massachusetts and played close to home at Boston College.  The team compared to him to former early-round picks in Richard Seymour, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork but Brace never developed as the team hoped.  

As a rookie, Brace worked as a backup nose tackle in the Patriot's 3-4 alignment behind Wilfork, but quickly found out that the former 4-3 tackle wasn't a fit at the nosetackle position, and the team moved him to the left defensive end spot in his sophomore season with the club.  Brace made significant improvements but couldn't contribute enough to warrant a spot in the starting lineup, and eventually was passed in the rotation by Kyle Love.

The team shifted back to a 4-3 base defense during the 2012 season, forcing Brace to return to the inside, where he couldn't break through, only logging 92 defensive plays on the season.  

It's expected that Brace will challenge Adam Carriker and Jarvis Jenkins for a spot in the defensive line rotation.  Carriker is coming off a right knee injury but is expected to be ready for training camp.  Meanwhile, Jarvis Jenkins, a former second round pick as well, showed flashes of becoming a dominant run-stopper but often disappeared in big moments.  Jenkins suffered a torn ACL against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason game before the 2011 season will have to show marked improvement or he could see his playing time diminish. 

The team also signed former Dolphins DE Phillip Merling to a contract earlier in the offseason.

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