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The Starters: Offense

THE DEFENSE | COMPLETE ROSTER

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QUARTERBACK
Donovan McNabb
ht. wt. age year college
6-2 240 33 12th Syracuse
The most noticeable upgrade the Redskins made in the offseason was acquiring McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, from division rival Philadelphia. Entering his 12th season, McNabb is learning only his second offense. He turns 34 in November and though he may not be as light on his feet as he was early in his career, he is still mobile and can improvise with the best of them.
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running back
Clinton Portis
ht. wt. age year college
5-11 219 29 9th Miami
Coming off a season that was shortened to eight games by a concussion, Portis faced offseason questions about his future. Showing up to camp in good shape, slimmed down and doing everything coaches have asked, he hopes to rebound in 2010. Portisís two best seasons came in Mike Shanahanís offense; he totaled 3,099 rushing yards in 2002 and í03 with Denver.
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fullback
Mike Sellers
ht. wt. age year college
6-3 268 35 11th Walla Walla CC
Entering his sixth season as the Redskinsí top fullback, Sellers has become a reliable component of the teamís offense, particularly its running game. A strong blocker who appeared in the 2009 Pro Bowl, Sellers had a career-high 176 receiving yards last year. Heíll show his versatility, lining up as fullback, H-back and even tight end at times.
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wide receiver
Santana Moss
ht. wt. age year college
5-10 209 31 10th Miami
The Redskinsí top receiver is entering his 10th season and is still a consistent producer. Though he had just one 100-yard game in 2009, he still finished the season with 902 yards on 70 catches. The new scheme should benefit Moss, as heíll move around more than he has in recent years. Heíll also be lined up in the slot on third downs.
84
wide receiver
Joey Galloway
ht. wt. age year college
5-11 197 38 16th Ohio State
At 38 years old, Galloway is entering his 16th season and is perhaps the most surprising addition to Shanahanís starting lineup. Heís several years removed from his prime, but has impressed coaches with his speed since signing as a free agent in April. Galloway has only 20 total receptions in the past two seasons and hasnít been a regular starter since 2007 with Tampa Bay.
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tight end
Chris Cooley
ht. wt. age year college
6-3 250 28 7th Utah State
Entering his seventh season, Cooley could stand to benefit more than anyone from the addition of McNabb. Heíll line up in a variety of spots and will be a favorite target; the new Redskins quarterback had a lot of success with his tight ends in Philadelphia. Cooley has shown no lingering effects of the leg injury that ended his 2009 season after only seven games.
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left tackle
Trent Williams
ht. wt. age year college
6-5 315 22 1st Oklahoma
The Redskinsí first-round draft pick in 2010, Williams takes the spot long occupied by Chris Samuels. His task of protecting McNabbís blind side is among the most vital to the teamís success. Williams is still relatively new to the left tackle position ó he played it for just one year at Oklahoma ó but coaches raved about his progress in the preseason, particularly his speed, athleticism and footwork.
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guard
Derrick Dockery
ht. wt. age year college
6-6 325 30 8th Texas
Among the Redskinsí most consistent and reliable performers, Dockery returns for a second straight season at guard, sixth overall as a Redskin and eighth of his career. Playing a position where depth is a concern league-wide, Dockery has never missed a game and has started 109 straight, dating from his rookie season in 2003 with Washington.
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center
Casey Rabach
ht. wt. age year college
6-4 288 32 9th Wisconsin
The heart of the offensive line, Rabach is entering his sixth season in Washington and 10th in the league. Though some say heís lost a step, he still has missed only one game out of 80 since joining the Redskins in 2005. With three new players on the line, Rabachís leadership is crucial to the re-made group.
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right guard
Artis Hicks
ht. wt. age year college
6-4 314 32 9th Memphis
An eight-year veteran, Hicks comes to the Redskins after playing the previous four seasons with Minnesota. Heís a versatile player who can play four spots on the line, though he hasnít been a regular starter since 2006. Hicks previously blocked for McNabb from 2002 to í05 in Philadelphia.
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right tackle
Jammal Brown
ht. wt. age year college
6-6 313 29 6th Oklahoma
Brown has been selected twice to the Pro Bowl as a left tackle, but heíll line up on the right side for the Redskins, while coaches allow Trent Williams to grow into the spot on the opposite side. Brown hasnít played right tackle since his rookie year in 2005. He was acquired via trade in June after having missed all of the 2009 season due to injury.
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kicker
Graham Gano
ht.wt. age year college
6-1 196 23 2nd Florida State
Gano came to the Redskins as a virtual unknown late in 2009 but impressed coaches enough to enter offseason workouts as the teamís sole kicker. Entering his second season, Gano was 4 for 4 in field goal attempts last year, including a 47-yarder at Oakland. Coaches feel the former Lou Groza Award winner at Florida State, the honor given annually to college footballís top place kicker, could be in the NFL for years to come.

Special teams: Long snapper Nick Sundberg (6-0, 246), kick returner Devin Thomas (6-2, 223), punt returner Phillip Buchanon (5-11, 186).

Coaches: Mike Shanahan, executive vice president-head coach; Kyle Shanahan, offensive coordinator; Jim Haslett, defensive coordinator; Bobby Turner, assistant head coach-running backs; Danny Smith, special teams coordinator; Matt LaFleur, quarterbacks; Chris Foerster, offensive line; Keenan McCardell, wide receivers; Jon Embree, tight ends; Jacob Burney, defensive line; Lou Spanos, linebackers; Bob Slowik, defensive backs; Steve Jackson, safeties; Ray Wright, head strength and conditioning.

-- Rick Maese
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