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Redskins Sign Rookie LB Newberry

The Redskins have signed rookie linebacker Jared Newberry, the team announced on Thursday. Newberry was the Redskins' sixth-round (183rd overall) draft choice out of Stanford.

Newberry, 6-1 and 234 pounds, is expected to compete for playing time at both outside and inside linebacker. He played mostly strong-side linebacker at Stanford, but coaches like his speed and versatility on the inside.

Newberry finished his career with 159 tackles (103 solo) and 6.5 sacks. He also forced and recovered three fumbles, intercepted three passes and had 14 pass deflections.

After redshirting as a freshman, Newberry appeared in 10 games in 2001 seeing action mostly on special teams while serving as a reserve fullback. He shifted to linebacker in 2002, starting in three games. He ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 45 (29 solo) and also added three sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception and three pass deflections.

Newberry took over strong-side linebacker duties in 2003 and ranked second on the squad with 67 tackles (40 solo), three sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and seven pass deflections.

Newberry continued as a starter in 2004 and recorded 45 tackles (32 solo).

A product of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minn., Newberry was a three time all-conference selection in his formative years.

In high school, he recorded over 100 tackles, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. On offense, he played every position except quarterback. He also played basketball and was a member of the school choir.

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