Right Defensive End

Phillip Daniels: The Redskins envision him as a sturdy run-stopper on the right side, which the team has lacked over the past few seasons. If Daniels, who can also play tackle, wins the job, he will switch to the inside on passing plays. Daniels collected nine sacks in 2001 playing for defensive coordinator Greg Blache when both were with the Chicago Bears.

Regan Upshaw: Last season, Upshaw was forced to play at left end because of Bruce Smith's presence. Upshaw never got comfortable and a knee injury didn't help the situation. Upshaw has compiled 34.5 sacks in his eight-year career.


Cory Raymer: The nine-year veteran should have the advantage if he can stay healthy, but that's a big qualifier based on past seasons. Raymer, 31, in his second stint with Washington, has a knack for reading defenses, which helps linemates.

Lennie Friedman: The 27-year-old lineman is versatile, with skills to start at guard or center. Friedman was solid late last season after replacing Larry Moore.

Tight End

Gibbs collects tight ends because of the position's importance to his offense. Gibbs has eight players to compete at H-back -- a hybrid between a fullback and tight end who often lines up in the backfield -- and pure tight end. Walter Rasby is projected to start at tight end with Fred Baxter, Robert Royal and Leonard Stephens competing in reserve. The starting H-back will be selected from among Mike Sellers, rookie Chris Cooley and Brian Kozlowski, with Sean Brewer as a backup if he makes the team. The Redskins plan to activate four tight ends on game days; most teams carry two or three on their entire roster.