Five questions to keep in mind when Washington hosts Tampa Bay in the fourth and final preseason game.
1. Who will sit out? Coach Mike Shanahan plans to hold first stringers out of the game. The list of players can include reserves, though. Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt, for example, isn’t expected to play much. The list of healthy inactives equates to a list of locks to make the final roster.
2. Which receivers will make the strongest final roster push? The competition for receiver roster spots has been the most intriguing. Aldrick Robinson had a stellar second preseason game, but Shanahan could hold him out to try to sneak him on to the practice squad. The stakes are sky-high for Anthony Armstrong and Dezmon Briscoe.
3. How will new kicker Billy Cundiff fare? Incumbent Graham Gano did not attempt a field goal during three preseason games. Fans are skeptical considering Cundiff’s poor success rate beyond 50 yards (1 for 6 in 2011). A positive first impression would go a long way.
4. Who will play fullback after Darrel Young? Young, the starter, might play because he missed the first three games with a strained left hamstring. Now that Chris Cooley is gone, though, the backup fullback spot must be filled. Tight end Logan Paulsen has not had game reps there.
5. Who will shine in the secondary? The roster competition in the secondary came into clearer focus when cornerback Kevin Barnes was traded. Roster spots remain open, though. David Jones and Brandyn Thompson are battling at cornerback. Safety DeJon Gomes needs a strong game.