- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2006

The Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran will examine one Redskins position group each day until Sunday, when the team reports to training camp. Today: Offensive line.

Who’s back: The entire starting lineup — left tackle Chris Samuels, left guard Derrick Dockery, center Casey Rabach, right guard Randy Thomas and right tackle Jon Jansen — plus reserves Jim Molinaro and Ikechuku Ndukwe.

Who’s new: A slew of reserves, including veterans Tyson Walter and Mike Pucillo and seventh-round draft pick Kili Lefotu, have been signed to compete.

Overview: There are no starting jobs available, and only Thomas was unable to start all 18 regular season and playoff games last season. All the starters but Dockery had surgery in the last eight months, but they all will be ready for training camp. The Redskins allowed only 31 sacks last year, but issues remain if one of the starters is lost for an extended period of time.

Key issues: 1. Is the depth any better? Instead of overpaying for veteran help, the Redskins opted to go young in trying to bolster the depth. Molinaro (both tackle spots), Walter (guard) and Pucillo (guard and center) are the front-runners to make the team. The Redskins are looking for players who can back up at two positions.

2. Will Randy Thomas be 100 percent? All indications from Thomas and the training staff are that he will be ready to go on Monday afternoon. Thomas was the Redskins’ best offensive lineman before he suffered a broken leg late in the Dec. 18 win over Dallas. Thomas had only one penalty all season.

Tomorrow: Receivers/tight ends

Got a question about the Redskins? Starting in training camp, the Times will be running a weekly Redskins Mailbag. Send questions to Ryan O’Halloran at skinsmailbag@washingtontimes.com

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