Washington Redskins projected starters
 Rex Grossman
Quarterback: After a five-week preseason quarterback competition, Grossman apparently beat out John Beck for the Week 1 starting job. Grossman, who last started a season-opener in 2007, had a strong preseason with a quarterback rating of 92.3. In three starts last year, he showed that he's still prone to bad decisions and is as capable of making terrible plays as excellent ones.
 Tim Hightower
Running back: An impressive preseason appears to have locked up the every-down tailback job for Hightower, who started 36 games in three seasons for Arizona before Washington acquired him via a trade. A strong one-cut runner who averaged 4.8 yards per carry last year, Hightower is also a skilled blocker and pass-catcher. The biggest question: Can he hold on to the ball?
 Darrel Young
Fullback: A converted linebacker, Young spent all of 2010 studying the fullback position under Pro Bowler Mike Sellers. He's shown the ability to be a solid lead blocker and his hands should make him another receiving option. His lone career catch was for a touchdown.
 Chris Cooley
Tight end: For nearly a decade, Cooley has been a favorite target for every quarterback who's come through town, and this season should be no exception. He tied a career high with 849 yards last season but was bothered in the preseason by a sore knee. His backup, Fred Davis, is capable and eager to contribute.
 Santana Moss
Wide receiver: Re-signing Moss was an offseason priority. The veteran returns for a seventh season as the Redskins' top receiver. Despite his advancing age, he had a career-high 93 catches last year and 1,115 yards, the second-most he's posted. Working out of the slot, Moss should again be a big contributor in the Shanahans' offense.
 Jabar Gaffney
Wide receiver: The Redskins wanted a bigger receiver opposite Moss and acquired Gaffney via a trade with Denver. Last year he posted career-high marks in both catches (65) and yards (875). Coaches hope Gaffney becomes the top red-zone option they've sorely lacked.
 Trent Williams
Left tackle: Entering his second season,Williams wants to make the jump from a solid tackle to an elite one. He's shown excellent ability to protect the quarterback but can afford to improve his run-blocking. Coaches would like to see more consistency, not just week to week but down to down.
 Kory Lichtensteiger
Left guard: Lichtensteiger won the starting job just two games into last season and never let go. A former Shanahan draft pick in Denver, Lichtensteiger is light on his feet and could benefit from having a new center lined up next to him.
 Will Montgomery
Center: Moving over from guard, Montgomery figures to be an upgrade in the middle, where an aging Casey Rabach was a liability at times a season ago. For the zone scheme to be effective, the line can't afford a weak link, While not a splashy move, putting Montgomery in the middle figures to be an important one.
 Chris Chester
Right guard: The only new face on the line, Chester started 47 games in five seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. He has long arms and can move laterally, which should make him a good fit for Shanahan's system if he can quickly jell with his linemates.
 Jammal Brown
Right tackle: Still hobbled by a bad hip, Brown wasn't as effective as coaches hoped a season ago. But the team re-signed Brown, and he's looked healthier this preseason, showing flashes of the tackle who was twice named to the Pro Bowl while with the New Orleans Saints.
 Graham Gano
Kicker: Gano was the league's 30th-ranked kicker last year and missed 3 of 7 field goal attempts during the final month of the season. Though he had a perfect preseason, beating out both kickers brought in to challenge him, coaches won't show much patience if Gano doesn't show more consistency.