NFL 2011

Washington Redskins projected starters

Offense

[8] Rex Grossman

ht wt age yrs college
6-1 225 31 9 Florida

Rex GrossmanQuarterback: 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.

[39] Tim Hightower

ht wt age yrs college
6-0 222 25 4 Richmond

Tim HightowerRunning 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?

[36] Darrel Young

ht wt age yrs college
5-11 246 24 2 Villanova

Darrel YoungFullback: 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.

[47] Chris Cooley

ht wt age yrs college
6-3 255 29 8 Utah State

Chris CooleyTight 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.

[89] Santana Moss

ht wt age yrs college
5-10 205 32 11 Miami

Santana MossWide 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.

[10] Jabar Gaffney

ht wt age yrs college
6-2 200 30 10 Florida

Jabar GaffneyWide 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.

[71] Trent Williams

ht wt age yrs college
6-5 318 23 2 Oklahoma

Trent WilliamsLeft 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.

[78] Kory Lichtensteiger

ht wt age yrs college
6-2 292 26 3 Bowling Green

Kory LichtensteigerLeft 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.

[63] Will Montgomery

ht wt age yrs college
6-3 310 28 6 Virginia Tech

Will MontgomeryCenter: 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.

[66] Chris Chester

ht wt age yrs college
6-3 315 28 6 Oklahoma

Chris ChesterRight 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.

[77] Jammal Brown

ht wt age yrs college
6-6 313 30 7 Oklahoma

Jammal BrownRight 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.

[4] Graham Gano

ht wt age yrs college
;6-2 200 24 2 Florida State

Graham GanoKicker: 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.

Defense

[94] Adam Carriker

ht wt age yrs college
6-6 315 27 4 Nebraska

Adam CarrikerDefensive end: Entering his second season with the Redskins, Carriker looks to build on a 2010 campaign in which he tallied 37 tackles in his first season back from a shoulder injury. That was the largest number of tackles for anyone on the Redskins' defensive line. Carriker is the only returning starter up front for the Redskins.

[96] Barry Cofield

ht wt age yrs college
6-4 306 27 5 Northwestern

Barry CofieldNose tackle: Signing Cofield away from the Giants ranked among the Redskins' highest free agent priorities this offseason. Jim Haslett calls nose tackle the most important position in his 3-4 defense and Cofield is eager to take on this selfless role, which requires him to absorb double- and triple-teams and create blitzing lanes for linebackers.

[72] Stephen Bowen

ht wt age yrs college
6-5 306 27 5 Hofstra

Stephen BowenDefensive end: Another free agent addition this offseason, Bowen takes over the right end spot that was manned last season by Kedric Golston. A starter for only nine games (a career high) for Dallas last season, Bowen is viewed by the Redskins as an up-and-comer. Coaches believe he will excel both as a run-stopper and pass-rusher.

[91] Ryan Kerrigan

ht wt age yrs college
6-4 263 23 R Purdue

Ryan KerriganOutside linebacker: Drafted 16th overall out of Purdue, where he starred as a defensive end, Kerrigan is making the transition to outside linebacker, where he is expected to complement Brian Orakpo. A high-motor guy, Kerrigan led the FBS with 26 tackles for a loss as a senior and ranked third in the country with 12.5 sacks.

[59] London Fletcher

ht wt age yrs college
5-10 245 36 13 John Carroll

London FletcherInside linebacker: The captain of the Redskins' defense, Fletcher enters his 14th season having played in 208 consecutive games. That streak, which he shares with Peyton Manning, leads the NFL. Fletcher remained productive last season despite the switch to the 3-4 and again led Washington in tackles, racking up 136.

[52] Rocky McIntosh

ht wt age yrs college
6-2 239 28 5 Miami

Rocky McIntoshInside linebacker: Re-signed by Washington a week into training camp, McIntosh enters his second season as an inside linebacker after switching from outside linebacker last year. Despite struggling at times in pass coverage, McIntosh excelled in tackling, recording a career-high 110 in 2010. McIntosh beat out second-year pro Perry Riley to retain his job.

[98] Brian Orakpo

ht wt age yrs college
6-4 260 25 2 Texas

Brian OrakpoOutside linebacker: Orakpo has led the Redskins in sacks in each of his first two seasons, and reached the Pro Bowl both times. But his numbers have dropped off in the second half of each season. This year he hopes to avoid that slump down the stretch with an expanded bag of pass-rushing tricks and the familiarity of playing in the system for a full season.

[23] DeAngelo Hall

ht wt age yrs college
5-10 192 27 7 Virginia Tech

DeAngelo HallCornerback: Hall last season matched his career high with six interceptions, four of which came in Washington's win over Chicago. He also earned Pro Bowl MVP honors. Hall is one of the leaders of the defense. He is known as a gambler, and at times that causes him to give up the big play, but he should benefit from the addition of free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe in the secondary.

[30] LaRon Landry

ht wt age yrs college
6-0 227 26 4 LSU

Laron LandryStrong safety: Landry was in the midst of a breakout year with 85 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble through nine games last season. But he missed the rest of the season with micro-tears in his left Achilles' tendon. That injury has healed, Landry and the Redskins say, but he has yet to get on the field after straining his right hamstring in Indianapolis on Aug. 18. He remains optimistic that he will play in Week 1. opener.

[20] Oshiomogho Atogwe

ht wt age yrs college
5-11 205 30 6 Stanford

Oshiomogho AtogweFree safety: One of Washington's top free agent acquisitions, Atogwe is expected to help upgrade the secondary. He has great range and strong coverage skills. In six seasons, Atogwe recorded 22 interceptions and forced 16 fumbles. He should help Hall and Landry with his knowledge of Jim Haslett's schemes; he played for Haslett in St. Louis.

[26] Josh Wilson

ht wt age yrs college
5-9 192 26 4 Maryland

Josh WilsonCornerback: The former DeMatha star comes back to play for his hometown Redskins and takes over the starting cornerback position vacated by Carlos Rogers, who departed via free agency. A starter for nine games last season in Baltimore, Wilson recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions. He spent his first three seasons with Seattle, starting 24 of 28 games.

[6] Sav Rocca

ht wt age yrs college
6-5 265 37 4 No college

Sav RoccaPunter: Rocca signed with the Redskins as a free agent and management hopes that he will bring stability to a position that was anything but solid last season. The former Australian Rules Football player last season averaged 43.8 yards a punt for the Philadelphia Eagles.