Washington Football Team training camp profiles: Linebackers
Experience: 8th season
Draft Status: 2013 second-round pick, 50th overall
2019 Stats: 16 games (16 starts), 105 tackles, one sack, one interception, two pass defenses
2020 Outlook: Just before 2019 training camp, Bostic was added to the Washington roster to replace Mason Foster after he was released. And Bostic turned out to be a pleasant surprise for the team. He was second on the squad in tackles and fit well as a middle linebacker in their 3-4 defense.
Bostic was brought back by Washington after that success but will now be faced with fitting in the 4-3 defense. He hasn’t done well in that scheme in seasons past, but perhaps Jack Del Rio and Rivera will be able to get the most out of him.
Expected Role: Starter at middle linebacker. At this point, it doesn’t seem that any of the younger players will be able to overtake Bostic for the middle linebacker spot. He may see less action in passing situations, but he was very strong against the run last year and should be an early-downs player at the very least.
Status: Likely roster lock. Bostic was brought back by Washington for a reason. They liked what he did last year and there is a role for him to play in the team’s defense. That said, on the off-chance that he continues to struggle in the 3-4 alignment, moving on from him could be on the table. So we can’t guarantee that he will make the roster in 2020 although it looks highly likely.