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“There’s no question,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to target something in the offseason. And I really think we were fine on offense, but when you lose four or five of those guys, you’re not quite as deep as you’d like.

“But you’ve always got a plan, but you’re always looking at the salary cap. You’ve taking a look at offense/defense. And you’re taking a look at drafts. Then you try to come up with the best plan.”

Riley to build on debut in second start

Inside linebacker Perry Riley is expected to make his second career start on Sunday. He had four tackles for loss against Miami last week, but he missed two opportunities for sacks. He also was fined $7,500 for his horse-collar tackle of Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas.

“He’s got a lot to work on, but, for the first time out, I thought he was active,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “He made a lot of plays. He’s got a lot of little things he’s got to clean up, but that’s going to be a continuous battle. I think he did a good job. He was poised. Nothing really rattled him. I was impressed with him.”

Shanahan comfortable in NFC East

Sunday’s game against Dallas marks the start of Mike Shanahan’s fourth run through the Redskins‘ NFC East opponents. By now, he is familiar with the players in Dallas, New York and Philadelphia.

“We look at a lot of film throughout the offseason,” he said. “You get a pretty good feel for their personnel. Each year is a little bit different with free agency and the draft. You’re constantly trying to keep up on things. Usually most teams you’ve got a good feel for their personnel and good feel for the personnel in the division because the games are so big.”