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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Redskins preseason: A look at the remaining position battles

The Washington Redskins have concluded training camp, but three preseason games still lie ahead, and plenty of jobs remain up for grabs.

Here’s a look at what appear to be the main position battles that still must be sorted out as the preseason continues:

QB: No question at starter. It appears unlikely, but Kirk Cousins will try his best to overtake Rex Grossman for the No. 2 spot.

RB: Evan Royster, Tim Hightower and Roy Helu all are gunning for that starting job, although only Royster is fully healthy. Alfred Morris hopes to be a dark horse.

WR: Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks, Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe are battling for what are likely the fifth and sixth receiver spots behind Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan and Santana Moss.

TE: Fred Davis looks like the starter, and Chris Cooley is trying to cement his spot on the roster as a tight end-fullback. Niles Paul has pleased coaches with his progress. Logan Paulsen is aiming to make the team as a fourth tight end.

OL: Most roles appear set: LT Trent Williams, LG Kory Lichtensteiger (Maurice Hurt until Lichtensteiger returns), C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus. The battle of the backups: Jordan Black came out of retirement and already has overtaken Willie Smith and James Lee for the top swing tackle; rookie Tom Compton appears to be ahead of Smith and Lee as well. Josh LeRibeus seems likely as a guard-center, and Adam Gettis is getting first-team snaps with Chester out. Jammal Brown’s situation remains a mystery.

DL: The starters are determined: LE Adam Carriker, NT Barry Cofield, RE Stephen Bowen. Chris Baker appears set as Cofield’s backup, while Jarvis Jenkins and Kedric Golston are key backups at defensive end.

OLB: Chris Wilson and Markus White are going head-to-head for the final reserve spot behind starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and top backup Rob Jackson.

ILB: Keenan Robinson and Brian Kehl both are aiming for the backup spot next to Lorenzo Alexander.

CB: Cedric Griffin has gotten more first-team snaps alongside DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson than Kevin Barnes in the team’s nickel packages, but Griffin hasn’t looked that impressive. Rookie Richard Crawford, second-year pro Brandyn Thompson and sixth-year pro David Jones are also competing for backup spots.

S: Madieu Williams appears to have a slight edge at free safety, but Tanard Jackson could be gaining ground. Reed Doughty looks like the backup to Brandon Meriweather at strong safety. Second-year pro DeJon Gomes and rookie Jordan Bernstine are also competing for roster spots.

PK: Neil Rackers and Graham Gano hope to get some in-game opportunities after Washington never attempted a field goal in the preseason opener.

KR-PR: Banks looks to hold onto his job, but Crawford, Austin and Robinson hope to change coaches’ minds.

By  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/15/2012

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