- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2008

Ryan O’Halloran is breaking down a position each day heading into the start of Washington Redskins training camp Sunday. Today — Defensive line.

Key statistic

4 — Sacks by Andre Carter that resulted in Redskins takeaways last season.

What happened last year

Veterans Phillip Daniels and Cornelius Griffin combined to miss only one game (Daniels in Week 2); second-year tackle Anthony Montgomery was greatly improved (42 tackles); Andre Carter was better against the run and posted 10½ sacks; Daniels contributed 37 tackles and slid inside to tackle on passing downs; first-year player Chris Wilson provided a speed rushing element (four sacks); and Lorenzo Alexander saw time at tackle when he wasn’t filling in on the offensive line. But the Redskins ranked 27th in sacks per pass attempt.

Who’s back

Everybody. The aforementioned cast returns along with reserves Kedric Golston, Demetric Evans, Ryan Boschetti (inactive for all but one game) and Alex Buzbee (spent most of 2007 on the practice squad).

Who’s new

Rehabbing veteran Erasmus James is the most intriguing newcomer, but he might not be ready for camp. The others are seventh-round pick Rob Jackson and free agents Matthias Askew, Kevin Huntley and Dorian Smith.

Biggest question

How much will the pass rush scheme change with Greg Blache? The former defensive line coach certainly wants to get a better rush up front, but a couple of variables will force his hand. In Chicago, his reputation wasn’t as a mad blitzer. If Carlos Rogers isn’t ready for the season Blache will have to play more coverage. If Rogers is back and effective, he can leave his three corners in man coverage and use his safeties in a variety of blitzes.

Comment

One area in which the Redskins have done a decent job developing their own is at this position. Montgomery and Golston were both Day 2 picks, and Alexander and Wilson are both free agents who have become contributors. They may need to step up their games this year if attrition kicks in for Daniels, 35, and Griffin, 31.

Tuesday — Running backs

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