The Washington Redskins made their first big cut of the summer, waiving veteran outside linebacker Rob Jackson, according to a source. Jackson was bumped by a younger group of outside linebackers, all of whom flashed this summer.
This wasn't a surprising move given that Jackson entered training camp firmly on the bubble. Even when the Redskins cut 2013 draft pick Brandon Jenkins earlier in camp, it did not mean that Jackson had won a job. Instead, it was the performance of players such as Adrian Robinson and Gabe Miller and then newcomer Everette Brown that made Jackson expendable.
Brown, for example, worked with the first-team nickel at times in the second quarter of Saturday's 23-17 preseason loss to Baltimore. He also performed better on special teams than Jackson. At linebacker in particular, special-teams play likely will loom large in decisions on whether or not to keep a player.
Jackson, a 2008 draft choice, had a strong season in 2012 after Brian Orakpo was injured. He was not a full-time player and Jackson's lack of a consistent pass rush forced the Redskins to use more blitzes. But Jackson was solid against the run and made a number of big plays. He finished with 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. Jackson's interception in the season finale against Dallas clinched a win and, thereby, a playoff berth.
Jackson had hoped to parlay that into a solid contract elsewhere, knowing Orakpo would be returning. However, he re-signed with Washington on a one-year contract. The Redskins made little contact with him this past offseason, before free agency and in the early part, other than to tell him they would monitor his situation. They eventually re-signed him to a one-year contract.
His release closes the book on the Redskins' 2008 draft class. Jackson, a seventh-round pick, was the only one of the 10-member class still with Washington. Only one other player, Chad Rinehart, is still in the NFL with San Diego.
UPDATE: In other Redskins cuts Sunday, Washington released fullback Stephen Campbell, receiver Cody Hoffman, receiver Rashad Lawrence, safety Ross Madison, linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough, defensive end Jeremy Towns, linebacker Adrian Robinson and defensive end Jake McDonough. None were surprises. Robinson flashed early in camp, but fell behind Gabe Miller and Everette Brown.