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The offensive line must keep Robert Griffin III’s jersey clean

With camp under way, it’s time for the excitement of what could be a pivotal year for the Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder. Robert Griffin III has now officially begun what appears to be a special career. But before we get carried away, here are my initial questions of the young season.

Will the Redskins offensive line be good enough for Griffin to develop properly? Sure Jammal Brown is a former Pro Bowler and Trent Williams is a top draft pick and possible future Pro Bowler. But can they raise their games to another level this season?

How will the interior of the line hold up? Much of the attention falls on the tackles, but can Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester hold it down on the inside?

Brown has been plagued by a hip injury. Is he capable, at age 31, of maintaining his health even through training camp? Lichtensteiger had a season ending knee injury last year. Can he return to the lineup and be an effective contributor?

If Brown were to fall, can Willie Smith fill in? He should be competing for the starting spot to begin with.

Can center Will Montgomery direct traffic and read defensive sets well enough to set the protections and help keep Griffin’s jersey clean?

These are simple questions. The answers will need to be ‘yes’ if this team and Griffin are to succeed this season.

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