Washington Redskins Roster Rundown
Quick-hitting analysis on every key contributor to the 2010 Washington Redskins.
Head Coach: Mike Shanahan (1st year)
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.
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.
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.
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
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