This morning on CSNwashington.com, I took a look at the depth chart after the end of the first week of free agency. I did this knowing full well that the article would have a limited shelf life. After today's resigning of Jammal Brown and the trade of Vonnie Holliday for Tim Hightower let's reset the three affected areas.
Starter: Ryan Torain
Backup: Roy Helu
I'll leave Helu as the backup since I think that Hightower is a role player. He looks like a good third-down back in both passing situations, with his solid blitz pickups and pass-catching ability, and in running situations with his good power running ability (23 rushing TD's in three NFL seasons). He'll get about a dozen touches a game.
Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown
Backups: Selvish Capers, Maurice Hurt, Eric Cook, Artis Hicks, Clint Oldenburg
Keeping Brown was big in order to maintain continuity on the line. Yes, that may sound crazy, keeping a line that was one of the worst in the league in 2010 together. But the move of Will Montgomery to center replacing the ineffective Casey Rabach will help. The zone scheme requires a degree of timing and coordination that the line, with four new starters from 2009, never could achieve.
Starters: Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker at ends, Barry Cofield at nose tackle.
Backups: Jarvis Jenkins and Joe Joseph at ends, Anthony Bryant at nose tackle
Unless they have faith that either Joseph or Darrion Scott as a reserve, there could be another free agent move here for some experienced, dependable depth.