- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Defensive line | Wednesday: Running backs

The second of a nine-part series previewing the Washington Redskins heading into the start of training camp July 30:

Who’s back: Ends Andre Carter, Phillip Daniels, Rob Jackson and Alex Buzbee; and tackles Cornelius Griffin, Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston and Lorenzo Alexander.

Who’s new: Tackle Albert Haynesworth; ends Renaldo Wynn and Jeremy Jarmon; and long shots Antonio Dixon, Derek Walker, J.D. Skolnitsky and Vaka Manupuna.

2008 review: Daniels was lost in the first practice of training camp last year. That resulted in a forgettable but costly trade for Jason Taylor, who eventually lost his starting job. Although the defense was among the top 10 in several categories, it was 27th in sacks per pass attempt, and opponents were able to seal (or win) games with time-consuming drives in the last quarter of the season.

Offseason review: Haynesworth signed a huge contract ($41 million guaranteed) in the opening hours of free agency, Wynn returned two years after being cut and Jarmon was added through the supplemental draft. Demetric Evans signed with San Francisco, and Taylor was released.

Three issues

1. How will Haynesworth’s worth be evaluated? By his ability to attract double- and triple-teams, which should create more opportunities for those around him to make plays. He averaged 48 snaps a game for the Titans last season — that number shouldn’t change that much — but he should boost the Redskins’ pass rush and be a consistent run stopper.

2. When used at end, what kind of impact will Brian Orakpo have? Orakpo worked the entire offseason at linebacker, so it’s unclear how much he will be used opposite Carter. If he’s employed as a pass rusher on third down, Orakpo’s college production (11 sacks last season for Texas) suggests he’ll be effective in one-on-one situations.

3. Is there room for both Daniels and Wynn? Yes, but… Daniels is 36 and coming off reconstructive knee surgery; Wynn turns 35 in September and averaged less than 20 snaps a game last year for the Giants. The early projection is they will platoon at left defensive end, but if either player shows during training camp he has hit the wall, don’t rule out a roster move.

Key statistic

666 Snaps played by Carter in 2008, the most among the Redskins’ defensive linemen.

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