GAUGING THE REDSKINS

Defensive Backs

Washington must replace veteran Shawn Springs, who was released and is now with the New England Patriots, but it will continue to lean on Carlos Rogers (right) and Hall, both elite cover cornerbacks. Hall joined the Redskins in midseason after being cut by the Oakland Raiders and impressed enough in his time in Washington to warrant a $55 million deal this offseason. Hall probably will be used in the slot often this year, with few others able to play inside effectively, and with an improved pass rush his high-risk, high-reward style may benefit greatly. Rogers, meanwhile, experienced a volatile season last year, starting off in Pro Bowl form before losing his starting job and having his playing time decrease late in the season. Horton emerged as one of the biggest surprises of 2008, snagging the starting job after subbing in for an ill Reed Doughty and becoming one of the unit's biggest playmakers. He'll again be paired up with LaRon Landry, one of the most talented members of the defense who may have a chance to be more involved closer to the line of scrimmage and in blitz schemes, and who seemed to peak toward the end of last season.

Redskins DB Carlos Rogers

(By John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)