Reed Doughty (37) was elected the Redskins’ special teams captain (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Safety Reed Doughty was elected the Washington Redskins’ special teams captain, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.

According to Shanahan, Doughty was elected by a midseason vote of his teammates. The team kept its offensive and defensive captains from the start of the season — quarterback Robert Griffin III and left tackle Trent Williams on offense and linebacker London Fletcher and nose tackle Barry Cofield on defense — in place, Shanahan said.

Doughty replaces last season’s special teams captain, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. He was a Pro Bowl selection on special teams last season but left the team as a free agent last offseason, signing with the Arizona Cardinals.