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HAIL TO THE REDSKINS


                                

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 The Redskins were ranked 28th in scoring (16.6 ppg) in 2008, and they struggled to score in the 2nd half of the season due to injuries. Their needs going into the draft were at OT, DE, LB, and CB.They addressed their D line needs through FA, picking up DE Renaldo Wynn and landing the biggest prize, DT  Albert Haynesworth.The Redskins didn't trade up to get Mark Sanchez, instead holding firm at 13 and taking one of the Draft's top defensive players. They found a pass rusher  with the unexpected fall of DE Brian Orakpo to No.13.The team only had 6 picks,and by the time they went again at #80, eight OT's were drafted and the cupboard was bare. Orakpo will be expected to shore up a pass rush that was among the league's worst in 2008. The Skins went local by taking Kevin Barnes with their next pick, who needs work and may not be physical enough to contend with NFC East receivers. Cody Glenn is a converted RB who will be a ST player at best. OLB Robert Henson, TE Eddie Williams, and WR Marco Mitchell round out the 2009 Draft for the Redskins. Washington was seen as being in the market for an offensive playmaker and a tackle candidate, and ended up with neither until the 7th round. Orakpo made sense, but team failed to get even a shade better offensively. Note: Michael Oher was still on the board here.

BRIAN ORAKPO DE 6'3" 263 Texas

  He will play as a  hybrid DE/LB edge rusher. With Haynesworth occupying double teams inside, Orakpo has an opportunity to record double digit sacks in his 1st season. He takes over the pass rushing duties that were meant for Jason Taylor last season. The Redskins want to use him at LB, but he struggles in space and isn’t fluid in his movements. Orakpo has the size, strength and athleticism of a starting DE, but is a much better athlete than football player right now.


Round 3, #80 KEVIN BARNES CB  6'0"  187  Maryland  40 Time: 4.45
  Barnes became a YouTube sensation after a video showing the vicious hit he on Cal's Jahvid Best early last season that caused the RB to "lose his lunch." In 2008, he missed the final 6 games after suffering a fractured collarbone, torn left labrum and rotator cuff damage (10/18), when he clobbered Wake Forest receiver DJ Boldin as both were going for a pass. Kevin proved at the Combine that he was ready to compete. He has gone great lengths to make sure he's healthy. He
should contribute as a nickel defender, has the ability to develop into a starter and was a nice value pick in the 3rd round.

Round 5 #158 CODY GLENN LB 6'0" 244  Nebraska  40 Time :4.67   Bench:25   The Redskins pick up a versatile prospect with excellent ST potential. Glenn has only 1 year of experience at LB, but he's intriguing because of his athleticism and toughness. He is a former RB who switched to ILB for his senior season. He is a developmental prospect who will need to work on his fundamentals and technique. He shows potential to develop into a good backup LB.
   
Round 6 #186 ROBERT HENSON OLB  6'0"   240   TCU   40 Time: 4.70
 Henson will provide the Redskins with ST help, but he's not ready yet to contribute consistently on the defensive side of the ball. His athleticism and desire to play football makes him a good  prospect. He lacks size and speed and would be a liability in coverage if moved to safety. He'll have to shine on ST's in order make the team.
   
Round 7 #121 EDDIE WILLIAMS  TE  6'1"  239   Idaho   40 Time: 4.80   Bench:23
 Williams is a prospect who has struggled with injuries. He may be a candidate to fill in for Mike Sellers at times. He is smart, versatile and a solid route runner. Has soft hands. Is good on ST's. Williams had ACL surgery late in 2008 and may not be ready for training camp in 2009.
 
Round 7  #243 MARKO MITCHELL WR  6'4"  218  Nevada  40 Time: 4.44
 Mitchell gives Washington another tall receiver to go with the pair they drafted last year. He has legitimate speed to stretch the field and get separation deep. Marco has the physical tools NFL teams want in a WR, but must polish his routes. He is a great fit in the Redskins’ WCO. A good value at the end of the draft who could end up on the roster.
 
OFFENSE

HEAD COACH: JIM ZORN
 Zorn envisions a Redskins team that is high energy and plays smart and steady. The Redskins use a version of the West Coast Offense, a finesse offense that utilizes a quick horizontal passing attack to set up the running game. The Offense in 2008 averaged 320 ypg (19th).They were 23rd in passing ypg(183.1)for a 6.5 avg and 8th in rushing ypg (130.9) for a 4.4 avg.

KEVIN E, An Editor at HOGS HAVEN had this to say:
 "Last year was Zorn’s 1st year as head coach and the team was not in good shape for his style of Offense. The Oline faced injuries, the WRs he inherited were short, and the 3 WRs that the Skins' drafted were not ready to play. In addition, Jason Campbell was not at all primed to run a WCO, so Zorn was constantly adjusting his offense as the season progressed. The Skins ran a lot of screens and it was frustrating that there were not more downfield plays. We’re all optimistic this year, that will change with JC and the WRs working really hard all offseason to correct things. Portis last year did tend to run left more, but that was only because the Oline was so weak on the right side."

OFFENSIVE LINE Coach JOE BUGEL is in his 14th year as a member of the Redskins' coaching staff. He relied heavily on LT Chris Samuels, who earned his 5th Pro Bowl selection, veteran LG Pete Kendall, who was acquired just prior to the start of the 2007 season, and the steady play of Casey Rabach at Center. The most pleasant contribution came from undrafted rookie tackle Stephon Heyer, who became the 3rd player to start at RT in Week 11 at Tampa Bay. Heyer earned the starting job for the final 5 games at RT and held Pro Bowl DE Michael Strahan without a sack in a 22-10 victory over the NY Giants in Week 15. The Redskins’ O line holds the key to any playoff hopes in ’09. They gave up 38 sacks in 2008 and are pretty much the same unit outside of OG Derrick Dockery. Jason Campbell needs time in the pocket, and this team needs to give Portis and Betts open running lanes to win. The NFC East is the strongest division in the NFL, and if the Redskins struggle up front on offense, they won’t survive. The Line is basically set  but there are 3 guys battling to start at RT.The most obvious choice is Stephon Heyer since Jon Jansen was recently cut. You also have to factor in the added duo of Mike Williams, who tips the scale at around 380 pounds, and Jeremy Bridges. The 'Skins need to improve a unit that was 10th in the league in sacks last season in an offensive scheme designed for quick passes. Williams, if he can get back into game shape, is big enough to slide inside to a guard spot. Either could temporarily fill space for Samuels if he's unable to get back. Williams hasn't played a down since 2006, and Bridges fell out of favor in Carolina.
 
GUARDS
 RANDY THOMAS  RG  6'5"  308  10th yr, returns from neck surgery and should be ready for TC.
 DERRICK DOCKERY  6'6"  326  6th yr, was signed as a starter during FA. He replaces Pete Kendall at LG
 CHAD RINEHART  6'5" 311  2 yr  Northern Iowa, is a versatile lineman who can play both the guard and tackle positions. He could compete for a starting job if Randy Thomas is slow to return from a neck injury this offseason.
 D'ANTHONY BATISTE  6'4"  314  3rd yr, joined the Redskins in Dec. 2008 to provide O line depth.
WILL MONTGOMERY  6'3"  305, is in his 3rd NFL season and has played in 13 career games, with the Panthers and the Jets. Did not play last season.
 DEVIN CLARK     6'4" 325, is a 2nd year OL who spent most of the 2008 season on the Redskins’ practice squad developing his skills.

TACKLES
 CHRIS SAMUELS LT 6'5" 317, has established himself as one of the premier tackles in the league in just 8 NFL seasons. He started in 12 games in 2008.
 STEPHON HEYER  RT  6'6"  330, has emerged as a reliable starter in 2 years with the Redskins. He started 7 games in 2008, 3 at RT and 4 at LT. The RT spot is Heyer's to lose. He finished last season starting the last 4 games at LT after Samuels suffered a triceps injury.
 MIKE WILLIAMS  RT   6'6"  370, is a massive OL who has experience playing tackle and guard in the NFL. A 5 year veteran, Williams was signed to a minimum salary deal in April as a UFA, with the proviso that he would go from 400 to 370 lbs before he could practice. He hasn't played since 2005. Mike is down to 385 as of 5/26/09.
 JEREMY BRIDGES   6'4"  326, is a 6 year veteran. In his NFL career, most recently with the Panthers, he has played RT, RG and LG.
 SCOTT BURLEY   6'4"  315   R-UFA   Maryland  40 Time: 5.45  Bench: 19 Reps  
He has the build and athleticism of a guard, but playing style and technique are more suited to tackle. Burley definitely looks the part of a lineman, but he must improve his hand technique.The talent is there to develop into a solid backup at RT and guard.

CENTER
 CASEY RABACH  6'4"  296, is a tough and experienced lineman. He has 70 starts in 6 NFL seasons. Rabach began his career playing both C and G positions, but has become a fixture at the center position with Washington.
 EDWIN WILLIAMS  6'2"  308    R UFA    Maryland, is something of a boom or bust prospect. He grabbed the scouts' attention, because few centers are as effective in getting into the open field and blocking on the move. Williams could start out being groomed in a backup role for a season or two. If he bulks up, he will develop into a good starting center.

 QUARTERBACK JASON CAMPBELL steps into the huddle after dealing with trade rumors all offseason, first for Jay Cutler in March, then in April, when Dan Snyder was rumored to have an interest in USC's  Mark Sanchez. Neither of those deals materialized, and now Campbell, who has 1 year left on his contract, has everything to prove. This is his 2nd year in the West Coast Offense. But there are skeptics who question how effective he can be in this System. His O line has questions, and his WRs, outside of Santana Moss, need to be more productive. I like Campbell as a QB, and I think he’s due to have a solid season. This is the most important season in his career, as he is most likely playing for a new contract with a new team, because Snyder will resume looking for his replacement next spring. For Campbell to become an elite QB, he needs the team’s young receivers, Devin Thomas,Malcolm Kelly, and Fred Davis, to emerge, as most of his completions went to just 3 receivers: Cooley (83), Moss (79),and Randle El (53). Last year he completed 62.3% of his passes for 3,245 yds, 13 TDs and 6 INTs.
 TODD COLLINS  6'4"  225, is a seasoned QB who is more than capable of stepping under center when called. In 2007, Collins came in during Week 14 and guided the Redskins to 4 wins and a playoff berth despite not starting a game in 10 years. He completed 67 of 105 passes for 888 yards, 5 TD's and 0 INTs; a 106.4 QB rating.
 COLT BRENNAN   6'3"   212.  The 2nd year player did not get any playing time in 2008. He has a better understanding of the Offense this year and will compete with Collins for the #2 QB spot.
 CHASE DANIEL 6'0" 225 FA-09 R Missouri
Daniel joins the Redskins as a QB prospect. A Heisman finalist in 2007, he signed as an Undrafted RFA in April, and will get a chance to compete for a backup job or practice squad spot this offseason. Daniel has a long way to go before he is ready for playing time .

RUNNING BACKS
 The Redskins need to cut back on CLINTON PORTIS’ workload. Through the 1st half of the ’08 season, he racked up five 100 yard rushing days, the Skins were 6-2, and he was being mentioned in the discussion for MVP. But over the last 8 games, Portis broke the 100 yard mark just once and the team limped to the end of the season. Portis plays like a power back, but he isn’t built like one. For the ‘Skins to expect some production from him in December they need to limit his
carries and try and reduce his workload by getting backup RB LaDELL BETTS more involved in the offense. Last season, Portis carried the ball 342 times compared to LaDell Betts’ 61 carries. While Portis can handle the workload for a #1 back, the gap in carries between the two is too large. The ‘Skins need a fresh Portis if they want a chance to compete with the rest of the NFC East in December. He had 1,487 yds, for a 4.3 avg and 9 TDs, in 2008. Along with Portis, Betts and Rock Cartwright from last season, they add Anthony Alridge, Marcus Mason, and Dominique Dorsey to the mix.
 LaDELL BETTS is a powerful and versatile back who contributes in a variety of ways for the Redskins. He has complemented Portis and the duo has developed into one the most productive pair of RB's in the NFL. In 2008, he had 61 rushes for 206 yds,3.4 avg, and 1 TD. The Redskins signed ANTHONY ALRIDGE in February. He spent the 2008 season on IR after signing with the Broncos as a UFA. While Alridge is a blazing speed guy,(clocked between 4.22 and 4.34), he isn't physically imposing, and has durability issues.
 MARCUS MASON  5'9"  215, spent parts of the 2008 season with the Ravens and the Jets. He was with Washington in preseason last year and knows about Zorn's offense, but fellow waiver grab Anthony Alridge has a better shot to make the team. He struggled on ST's last year.
 DOMINIQUE DORSEY  5'7"  175, signed with the Redskins as a free FA out of the CFL Feb/2009. He stood out at a recent mini camp. He showed great hands and in multiple plays showed a stellar burst through the secondary.

 FULLBACK MIKE SELLERS 6'3" 284, has emerged as one of the most versatile and valuable players on the Redskins’ roster. His abilities include being a solid run blocker, a reliable pass catcher and a short yardage runner in the red zone. He is a leader on the ST units, and excels on the PR and KR coverage units. He had 12 Rec. 98 yds for a 8.2 avg 1 TD in 2008.
2nd year JONATHAN EVANS, 6'1" 247 and R EDDIE WILLIAMS, 6'1" 249, are expected to compete for the backup spot. Williams played TE, FB and H-back in college at Idaho.

WIDE RECEIVERS
 As I wrote above, the Redskins need to get some production from the WR position besides Santana Moss Antwaan Randle el is a nice option as a  #3 guy, but the ‘Skins will be again forced to play him as their No. 2 if the 2nd year guys fail to produce. Washington has major weapons in Moss and Chris Cooley, but besidesthat, they've had difficulty getting the football down the field, and they have struggled in the Red Zone. Right now, they’re limited in what they can do in the
passing game, until either Thomas or Kelly step up and produce. Midway through the season, defenses focused their coverage on Cooley, Moss and Randle El, and the Redskins’ offense suffered. Campbell ended the season ranked 19th in passer rating. The Redskins have been searching for a WR with decent size for several years. Former Titans' starter Roydell Williams is the latest alternative. Williams played 3 seasons for Tennessee, but ankle injuries led the Titans to cut him at the end of training camp in 2008. 3 days after signing Williams, the 'Skins
signed KEITH ELOI, a diminutive rookie FA receiver. The Redskins also signed wideout Trent Shelton, who spent 11 weeks on Seattle's practice squad last year.
   In 2008, SANTANA MOSS led the team with 79 receptions, 1,044 yards and TD's with 6.
 ANTWAAN RANDLE EL  5'10"  185, has blossomed into a dynamic multipurpose player. He is a  play making receiver, and an explosive KR. Even though he finished last season with a career high 53 catches for 593 yds and 4 touchdowns, the 'Skins expect more from him.
 JAMES THRASH   6'0"   204, is a consummate pro, and a veteran of 12 seasons. Thrash has excelled as a WR and ST player for the Redskins. James had 9 REC for 89 YDS,9.0 avg 1TD in 2008.
 DEVIN THOMAS   6'2"   218, was regarded by many as the top WR prospect of the 2008 Draft. His quickness and strength will help him contribute to the Redskins offensive attack. In 2008 had 15 Rec for 120 yds,a 8.0 avg 0 TD.
 MALCOLM KELLY   6'4"  227, was selected in the 2nd round by the Redskins in 2008. Kelly continues to rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery but he is on target to return for June OTAs. The Skins' would kike to use him in the Slot and as a 3rd Down and Red Zone Option.
 ROYDELL WILLIAMS   6'0"  187, missed last season as he rehabbed an ankle injury. The WC Offense is new to Williams, differing from the downfield passing offense he played in with the Titans from 2005-08. Williams is expected to compete for a backup job at WR.
 MARQUES HAGANS   5'10" 205, is a 2nd year WR that spent the majority of the 2008 season on the Chiefs’ practice squad. 1 Rec for 7 yds and 0 TDs in 2008.
 TRENT SHELTON   6'0"  202   2nd yr    UFA-09
Shelton joins the Redskins as a receiver prospect.He played college ball at Baylor.
 KEITH ELOI  5'10"   190    RFA, is a young prospect out of Nebraska Omaha. He impressed coaches during minicamp as a tryout player and earned an offseason roster spot. Has experience as a KR.
 JAISON WILLIAMS   6'4"  231  40 Time: 4.42   RFA    Oregon
Jaison Has excellent strength and agility. He is fluid and has good YAC ability. He is a dominant go to receiver on short to intermediate routes. Gets quick release and has the size to beat most CB jams. Adjusts well to throws and has soft hands. He could project to the TE position. Williams has the tools to become a starting possession receiver. He joins the Redskins as a prospect.

TIGHT ENDS    
 CHRIS COOLEY led the Redskins in receptions with a career best 83 catches for 849 yds. He is an outstanding receiving threat. Cooley is notoriously one of the worst blocking TEs in the league. Regarded as one of the team’s more colorful characters,his teammates have nicknamed him "Captain Chaos." When asked,"if you could catch passes from any QB in history past or present, besides Jason Campbell, who would it be?" He replied,"John Elway, and I got to play catch with him a month ago -- I rule."
 TODD YODER  6'4"  251, is an experienced TE who has developed into a reliable pass catching target and solid on special teams. In 2008, he caught 8 passes for 50 yds,1 TD.
 FRED DAVIS 6'4" 257  Selected by the Washington Redskins in the 2nd round of the 2008 Draft.   He expects to play a role in 2 TE formations, joining Cooley in creating mismatches versus LBs. The goal has always been to get Davis and Chris Cooley on the field at the same time. This year,that’s coming closer to fruition as Davis is progressing nicely. He had 3 Rec. for 27 tds and a 9.0 avg. 0 TDs last year.
ROBERT AGNONE TE, Delaware 6'6" 260, a UCFA, Agnone joins the Redskins as a rookie TE prospect.
 
THE DEFENSE

 The Redskins were 4th in the league in total Defense (288.8 ypg), 6th in points allowed (18.5 ppg), and 7th in 3rd down efficiency (36%). Passing Defense was 7th (193.4 ypg), and they were 17th in INTs with 13. GREG BLACHE was named Defensive Coordinator in 2008. His defensive units have always had a reputation for being aggressive and physical. Blache runs a Base 4-3,and the CBs play man to man. He will tweak the defense to fit Albert Haynesworth’s skills, but not remake it. The unit produced just 24 sacks, but only 14 came from the DL. Blache's blueprint for success starts up front. His D line played a pivotal role as Washington finished 4th in the NFL in rush yardage allowed (91.3 avg.). But they had trouble generating a pass rush, getting to the QB only 24 times last season. Dan Snyder paid a ton of money to bring in Pro Bowl DT Albert Haynesworth,
then selected Texas’ Brian Orakpo with the 13th pick of the 1st round in the draft, but is it enough?  Washington needs to get to the QB, and as good as this defense is statistically, if you don’t pressure the QB, you don’t win. Can Orakpo and Haynesworth change this, and will it lead to more turnovers in the secondary? This defense is good, and I think it will surprise the rest of the division in ’09 — if they can wreak havoc in the pocket.
 
DEFENSIVE LINE
 This is the Strength of the Redskins Defense. With the signings of Haynesworth and Wynn,the Re signings of Philip Daniels, Kendric Golston, and Anthony Montgomery, as well as the drafting of Brian Orakpo, the 'Skins D-Line has to be considered one of the best in the league. The position has had some roster churn this offseason. Jason Taylor was released, Demetric Evans departed via free agency and Chris Wilson spent mini-camp learning the SAM  LB position. Blache’s D revolves around the front line holding the line and the LBs taking over. Orakpo will be playing DE on 3rd and longs so he’ll get some good sack opportunities. Andre Carter and Renaldo Wynn are reportedly in fantastic shape.

ENDS
PHILIP DANIELS  6'5"  311, is a veteran DE with a wealth of experience as a pass rusher. At 36 and coming off a year on IR with 2 torn knee ligaments, Daniels knows that his NFL tenure is dwindling and he badly wants to win a championship.
 ANDRE CARTER   6'4"  252, brings aggressive play to the Redskins’ D line as a pass rusher. He is an exceptional athlete and provides the Redskins speed on the edge and play-making ability. In his 3rd season in Washington, Carter posted 50 tackles and 4 sacks.
 RENALDO WYNN  6'3"  275, has been one of the most consistent and hardest working DL's in his career. He brings tremendous leadership and does whatever it takes to help the team win. He had 25 tackles and 2 sacks in 2008 with the Giants.
 CHRIS WILSON     6'4"  246  FA-07(CFL) 2nd yr   
Wilson is a skilled and explosive pass-rushing DE. He had 14 Tackles and 1 Sack in 2008.
 ROB JACKSON   6'4"  269   2nd yr
After a solid preseason with the Redskins last year, he played in just 3 games. Jackson hopes to stand out this offseason and earn playing time ahead of veterans Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn. He has also been active on ST's.
 DEREK WALKER   6'3"  268   UFA R   Illinois  40 time:4.99   Bench:24
Walker's best chance for success in the NFL is likely going to be as a DE in a 3-4 scheme. He will have to gain 20 - 30 pounds to stick as a backup. He joins the Redskins as a prospect.
JD SKOLNITSKY      6'5"   255, is a local product - he grew up in Fairfax, Va. and hopes to earn a roster spot with the Redskins in the preseason.
 ALEX BUZBEE     6-3   272   FA-07, is a promising young DE who suffered an Achilles injury in 2008 training camp and spent the season on IR.

TACKLES
ALBERT HAYNESWORTH  6'6"  350   
 The massive and athletic Albert Haynesworth anchors the interior of the Redskins’ defense by creating mismatches for opposing offenses with his strength and incredible agility for a player his size. Haynesworth was the prized FA of the NFL this offseason. Last season Albert registered 75 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 19 QB pressures, 4 FF's and 1 fumble recovery. It’s hard to imagine him playing better than that. His presence gives the Redskins plenty of options in terms of stopping the run and getting after the QB.
 CORNELIUS GRIFFIN   6'3"  303, is a durable lineman who joined the Redskins in 2004 after 4 seasons with the Giants. He had 27 Tackles, 1 sack and 1 INT in 2008.
 KEDRIC GOLSTON  6'4"  290, is a DT with good mobility and agility. He had 28 Tackles and 2 Sacks in 2008.
 LORENZO ALEXANDER   6'1"  297, has proven to be a valuable player for the Redskins. In the last 2 seasons, he has seen action on the D line, O line and ST's. He has also lined up at TE and FB on goal line packages. He had 17 Tackles and 2 Sacks in 2008. He made the biggest contribution as a pass rush specialist in 2008. He will be given the 1st chance to fill the Hybrid DE/DT position. It is a contract year and he reported to mini camp in the best shape of his career, so I look for him to excel this year.
 ANTHONY MONTGOMERY   6'6"  330, has emerged as a starting-caliber DT for the Redskins. Anthony recorded 30 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 FF in 2008.
 VAKA MANUPUNA   6'0"  300, is a former CU standout who is a Practice squad player.
 ANTONIO DIXON   6'2"  326  40 Time: 5.11   Miami (FL), has rare size and strength to be a force at the point of attack when playing with leverage and aggressiveness. Not a full time starter in college, and that will not change in the NFL. He is an intriguing prospect because few DT's his size have such quick footwork and good overall athleticism. More suited to play NT in the 3-4 defense. Dixon is a DT prospect.
 
LINEBACKERS
 ALFRED FINCHER  6'1"  250, is a key reserve LB who has also excelled on ST in his 4-year NFL career. Had 6 Tackles last year.
 LONDON FLETCHER   MLB   5'10"  245, is an 11 year veteran and a dependable leader. Fletcher stepped into the middle of the Redskins’ defense in 2007 and has led the team in tackles each of the last 2 years. He has proven to be one of the most durable players in the NFL, and has logged 100+ tackles for 10 consecutive seasons.
 ROBERT THOMAS  6'0"  235, brings versatility and experience to the Redskins LB's. He has played all 3 LB positions in his NFL career, which includes stops at St. Louis, GB and Oakland. Had 2 Tackles in 2008. 
 ROCKY McINTOSH  6'2"  238, has emerged as the Redskins' starting "WILL" LB in the last 2 seasons. He played  all 16 games last year and was the 2nd leading tackler with 104 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 INT, as he returned from off-season knee surgery.
 H.B. BLADES  5'10"  242  2nd yr, is a reliable backup at LB. He played in  16 games, with 5 starts at the SAM LB spot in 2008, posted 50 tackles and saw considerable action on ST's.
 TYSON SMITH  6'2"   250, has spent parts of the last 2 seasons on the practice squads of the Denver Broncos,the Dolphins, Redskins, 49ers and New York Giants.
 DARREL YOUNG   5'11"  248, is a LB prospect who is in the mix at linebacker in his rookie season with the Redskins. He has the versatility to play either LB or safety.
 CHRIS WILSON  6'4"  246, is a skilled pass rushing DE. In 2 NFL seasons with Washington, he has posted 28 tackles (19 solo) and 5 sacks. He is trying to move from DE to SAM LB this preseason as an experiment in versatility.
 
CORNERBACKS

DEANGELO HALL   5'10"  195, is a 2 time Pro Bowl CB who is a proven playmaker in the secondary. He had 43 Tackles, a half sack and 5 INT's in 2008.
 CARLOS ROGERS  6'0"  190, has been a solid addition to Washington’s secondary since joining the Redskins as a 1st round draft pick in 2005. He had 56 Tackles and 2 INT's in 2008.
 FRED SMOOT  5'11"  190, battled through nagging injuries to appear in 16 games(9 starts) last year. He posted 54 Tackles and 1 INT in 2008.
 JUSTIN TRYON      5'9"   183, did not make a huge contribution last year, and one would assume that Barnes is already ahead of him on the depth chart, by way of his 3rd round draft pick status. Tryon has skills, but his size hurts him in this defense. With the drafting of Robert Henson, a player who should make the team as a ST starter, Tryon will have to make the team as a CB, and not solely on his ST play.
 BYRON WESTBROOK  5'10"   198, is a young CB and KR who hopes to earn a roster spot in his 3rd year in Washington. He has spent the last 2 years on the practice squad.
 DOUG DUTCH  5'11"  204   R UFA   Michigan
Dutch is a CB prospect. He played CB the last 2 years for the Wolverines after converting from WR. He was also a ST standout in college.

SAFETIES

CHRIS HORTON  SS  6'1"  211, is the starter at SS heading into his 2nd NFL season. He will have competition from Reed Doughty and fellow 2nd year player Kareem Moore this offseason. A year ago, Horton was thought to be a developmental player, but he impressed enough to earn a roster spot. For the season, Horton played 14 games with 10 starts and posted 81 tackles, as well as 3 INTs, 1 sack and 1 FF.
 REED DOUGHTY SS  6'1"    205, emerged as a Starter in 2007 following the tragic death of Sean Taylor. Last season, he started 3 of the Redskins’ first 5 games, posting 18 tackles, before ending up on the IR with a back injury.
 LaRON LANDRY  FS    6'0"   210, has established himself as a Pro Bowl caliber safety in his 2 seasons with the Redskins. LaRon had 65 Tackles, a half sack, 2 FF, and 2 INT's last year.
 KAREEM MOORE  FS   5'11"   218    2nd yr   Nicholls St.
Kareem backs up LaRon Landry at FS. He had 17 Tackles in 2008.
 LENDY HOLMES  6'0"   205    40 Time: 4.69, plays with a great physical style, but is not a consistent enough player or good enough athlete to be a starter in the NFL. Holmes should project to be a backup who makes his biggest impact on ST's.
MICHAEL GRANT  5'11"  182, signed with the Redskins' practice squad on Nov. 26, 2008.

SPECIAL TEAMS
 On the Kick Coverage team, the Redskins were 15th in touchbacks(9) for 13.2% (13th),and had 55 Returns against 20.1 yds avg(29th). The Kick Return team had a 25.1 avg.(4th).               
 ROCK CARTWRIGHT continued to perform as a solid ST player, KR specialist and reserve RB in 2008. He played in all 16 games in 2008 as the Redskins’ primary KR, he totaled 51 KR's for 1,307 yards(25.6 average) and added 14 ST tackles.They will give young CB's Justin Tryon and Byron Westbrook a shot at this position in Camp. This may be where Alridge fits as well. The PR chores were mostly handled by Randle El, who had 39 Returns for 254 yds, a 6.5 avg, and was 1st in the league with 21 fair catches. Santana Moss returned 6 punts for 124 yds and a 20.7 avg. Other ST standouts are Mike Sellers and Kareem Moore.

KICKERS
SHAUN SUISHAM  DAVE RAYNER
  Suisham is the front runner to return as the Redskins’ PK. There is room for improvement though, as he was 18th in the league going 26-36 (72%). He struggled at the 40-49 yd range going 11-16 (68%), but made all 25 PAT's he attempted. Look for Rayner, a 4th year pro who signed with the 'Skins this offseason, to push him in camp. The Long snapper is Ethan Albright.
 HUNTER SMITH  6'2"  209, is a veteran punter who spent his first 10 years with the Colts. For his career, Smith has an average of 43.4 yards per punt, with a net of 35.2. He is also the holder on the FG unit.
                     
 The Redskins were 8 - 8 last year. They play in the NFC East so they must play the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys twice a year. The Skins' were 3 - 3 in the Division in 2008, splitting with the Cowboys, sweeping  the Eagles, and being swept by a strong Giant team. They were an even 4 - 4 at Home as well as Away. This year, they host the Rams, Tampa Bay, KC, Denver and New Orleans and travel to Detroit, Carolina, Atlanta, Oakland, and San Diego. I believe that Washington has improved their Line, upgraded at LB, and added some depth in the secondary on Defense. On Offense, they have addressed the Line issues by adding quantity, and through attrition should get better there. The RB  backup position has been considered, but the real hope is that the Offense will improve with the maturation of QB Jason Campbell as well as Receivers Thomas, Kelly and Davis. This may be the determining factor that affects the Skins' Record this year. The HOGS HAVEN Community are backing Campbell and believe that he will have a breakout season. A recent Poll of 240 voters at the site has the 50% believing that the 'Skins will go 11 - 5 this year. Vegas currently has them winning 8 this year.











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