Wednesday, January 5, 2011;
2010 week 1 quarterback
Donovan McNabb: It's likely the Redskins will open 2011 with their third Week 1 starting quarterback in as many seasons. They could target a quarterback with their first pick of April's draft, the 10th overall. Possible 2011 starter: Rex Grossman.
Week 1 running back:
Clinton Portis: Portis has finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve. He'll be 30 by time the 2011 season starts, and unless he wants to renegotiate his contract, it's doubtful he'll be a Redskin again. Ryan Torain is a younger, cheaper and possibly more effective option.
Possible 2011 starter: Torain.
Week 1 fullback
Mike Sellers: Despite Sellers's career-high 224 yards on 20 catches, the Redskins might want to get younger at fullback. Sellers will be 36 at the start of next season. Coaches have been impressed with converted linebacker Darrel Young.
Possible 2011 starter: Young
Week 1 wide receiver
Santana Moss: Moss saw a resurgence in 2010, posting 93 catches, a career high, for 1,115 yards. Moss should be an unrestricted free agent, but he likes the offense and wants to return.
Possible 2011 starter: Moss.
Week 1 wide receiver
Joey Galloway: The 39-year-old Galloway started only four games before losing his job. He was released in November. Anthony Armstrong had 871 receiving yards, despite starting only 11 games.
Possible 2011 starter: Armstrong.
Week 1 tight end
Chris Cooley: Cooley, a seven-year veteran, is as consistent as they come and proved to be an important part of the Shanahans' offense. He finished second among all tight ends with 77 catches and 849 yards. Fred Davis is a reliable backup but doesn't seem to be a threat to take Cooley's job.
Possible 2011 starter: Cooley.
Week 1 left tackle
Trent Williams: The first-round pick in 2010 had an up-and-down rookie season, but shows promise. He can improve against the run and will only benefit from a second season in the zone-blocking scheme.
Possible 2011 starter: Williams.
Week 1 left guard
Derrick Dockery: After starting the first two weeks of the season, Dockery was on the active roster only once in the final 12 games. Kory Lichtensteiger started the final 12 games and improved as the season progressed.
Possible 2011 starter: Lichtensteiger.
Week 1 center:
Casey Rabach: A steady presence in the middle of the Redskins' line for six seasons, Rabach has started 111 of the past 112 games. But coaches might be curious to see what Lichtensteiger or Will Montgomery can do.
Possible 2011 starter: Rabach.
Week 1 right guard
Artis Hicks: Hicks lost his job to Montgomery in November. Montgomery seemed to improve with more reps but coaches might also look to free agency.
Possible 2011 starter: Montgomery.
Week 1 right tackle
Jammal Brown: Adjusting to a new position and coming off a 2009 season lost to injury, Brown was slow to adjust and never fully regained his Pro Bowl ability. But he felt healthier as the season wore on and coaches noticed significant progress. As a free agent, he might try to find a team that would allow him to play left tackle. Barring that, he could be a Redskin again next season.
Possible 2011 starter: Brown.
- Rick Maese