Wilson, Alexander might shift

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With All-Pro Albert Haynesworth sure to gobble up plenty of playing time at defensive tackle this season, the Redskins will experiment with moving backup tackle Lorenzo Alexander to end and reserve end Chris Wilson to linebacker.

Neither Alexander nor Wilson has previously played his new spot, but each is much younger, healthier and less set in his ways than were offensive tackles Todd Wade and Jon Jansen when they failed in similar attempted moves to guard in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

The big questions are whether the sturdy Alexander, who has also played offensive line for the Redskins, has the quickness to play outside and whether swift former CFL standout Wilson has the ability to cover tight ends and backs and play in space.

If either move works out, it would be a big plus for the Redskins, who have four starting tackles in Haynesworth, Cornelius Griffin, Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery but a dearth of starter-worthy ends under 34 (Andre Carter) or strong side linebackers (H.B. Blades and the newly-added Robert Thomas have each started a handful of games at that spot).

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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