Trent Murphy moves back to outside linebacker

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Among the storylines this offseason for the Redskins was the move of Trent Murphy from outside linebacker to defensive end heading into his third NFL season.

It was a bit odd, then, to see Murphy listed as an outside linebacker on the team’s first depth chart of the season. Keeping in mind all the disclaimers about the unofficial nature of these charts, it was still notable that he was listed at a different position.

On Monday, coach Jay Gruden confirmed, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post, that Murphy is heading back to his old position (although he may still play some on the defensive line) and that Junior Galette’s Achilles injury was the impetus for the move. Murphy bulked up over the offseason in preparation for the move and is listed at 290 pounds, but is down to 275 now and Gruden said he doesn’t think Murphy needs to cut weight as he is “stronger and more explosive” now.

Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith are the other leading outside linebacker options in Washington while Ricky Jean-Francois, Chris Baker, Kendall Reyes and Stephen Paea remain at defensive end.