Washington Redskins Roster Rundown

July 14, 2010 by

Quick-hitting analysis on every key contributor to the 2010 Washington Redskins.

*new veteran

**rookie

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan (1st year)

Offense

Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan

QB: Donovan McNabb*

Brings one of the most complex legacies in NFL history to longtime division foe. Is he a savior or a placeholder?

RB: Clinton Portis

Saves his heart for Sundays. At 28, burst and quickness have deteriorated.

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RB: Larry Johnson*

See Portis, only replace “28” with “31” and replace mention of heart with mention of bad attitude.

FB: Mike Sellers

One of the proudest, meanest lead-blockers in the game. But at 35, you have to wonder how much he has left.

WR: Santana Moss

Think he’ll throw this quarterback under the bus with sulky body language? Might have trouble getting open in 2010 – defenses know he’s the only Redskin wideout worth doubling.

WR: Devin Thomas

Injury prone, inconsistent runner who can’t separate against man coverage.

WR: Malcolm Kelly

Injury prone, inconsistent runner who can’t separate against man coverage. (Not an editing error.)

TE: Chris Cooley

Offers valuable underneath receiving versatility. By the way, have you read his blog?

TE: Fred Davis

Has allowed his decent athleticism to translate into solid route running abilities. Also has pretty good hands.

LT: Trent Williams**

Possesses a wealth of natural talent, but was an underachiever in college who struggled in his only season at left tackle. Redskins have a project here.

LG: Derrick Dockery

Adequate starter, but playing next to shoddy left tackles last season exposed him as being “just a guy”.

C: Casey Rabach

Questionable phone booth strength makes him an average player.

RG: Mike Williams

Hard to believe he’s even here after not playing an NFL game from ’06-’08. Mammoth size, but lacks lateral agility. Will have to fend off a slew of backups for this job.

RT: Jammal Brown*

If he’s healthy, he’s probably the best RT in football (even though he’s spent most of his Pro Bowl career at LT). Nasty fist fighter.

6 OL: Artis Hicks*

Versatility and experience were the reasons Washington signed him.

Defense

Coordinator: Jim Haslett

LDE: Phillip Daniels

Epitome of a veteran leader. And, though 37, is still very sound on the field, particularly against the run.

NT: Ma’ake Kemoeatu*

Hoping to bounce back from a messy Achilles tear. Signed over from 4-3 Carolina D, but had evolved into an upper-tier 3-4 NT with the Ravens early in his career.

RDE: Albert Haynesworth

Talent and raw power are unmatched, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a poor excuse of a man.

4 DL: Kedric Golston

In a backup role he’s able to exert unabashed energy, which does wonders for his run defense.

LOLB: Brian Orakpo

Dominant young rusher, but must prove he can perform against elite competition and also make plays in space.

LILB: London Fletcher

The 35-year-old only gets better with age. Instincts, effective speed and picturesque tackling put him amongst the best handful of linebackers in the game.

RILB: Rocky McIntosh

Increased strength and awareness have led to improvements in playside run defense. Coming off the best season of his career, plus his skills are better suited for this new 3-4.

ROLB: Andre Carter

Quickness should make him a good fit off the edge. Will he be able to generate consistent leverage from a two-point stance?

5 LB: Chris Wilson

Athletically speaking, a classic pass-rushing outside linebacker.

CB: DeAngelo Hall

Nowhere near tough or smart enough to justify his prima donna demeanor.

SS: LaRon Landry

Happy to be playing in the box again, but a player with his speed should be a dominant free safety. Mediocrity in doing the little things has prevented his considerable gifts from translating into more big plays.

FS: Kareem Moore

Offers more of a playmaking disposition than Reed Doughty or Chris Horton.

CB: Carlos Rogers

Has an innate feel for swatting away passes in man coverage. But also has an innate feel for making mistakes.

NB: Phillip Buchanon*

Was unfairly persecuted in Detroit. Offers good all-around coverage skills.

6 DB: Reed Doughty

Inconsistent, but in a good way. You expect mediocrity but get occasional flashes of brilliance.

Special Teams

K: Graham Gano

Kicked for this team last December. And, apparently, had a broken foot at the time (seriously – he had heel surgery after the season).

P: Josh Bidwell*

Pro Bowl punter in Tampa Bay.

RS: Terrence Austin

UCLA receiver was drafted in the seventh round primarily for his return prowess.

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