The Washington Redskins season does not start tomorrow but most of the players who are likely to be starting when the Redskins take on the Giants in the season opener will be starting against the Ravens on Thursday.
The Redskins will start 12 players who were not the starters at their positions for last year’s opener. Here is a look at the changes:
Starters Sept. 12, 2010 vs. Dallas: QB Donovan McNabb, WR’s Santana Moss, Joey Galloway, TE Chris Cooley, RB Clinton Portis, FB Mike Sellers, OL Trent Williams, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Artis Hicks, Jammal Brown.
We’re not exactly sure who the quarterback will be but it won’t be Donovan McNabb. For better or for worse, John Beck or Rex Grossman will line up behind center against New York.
Cooley won’t play against the Ravens but he should be back from his knee injury for the Giants game. Moss will start at one wide receiver spot and the other receiver will be Jabar Gaffney.
Both of the running backs will be different. We’ll probably see Tim Hightower (pictured) at halfback and Darrel Young at fullback.
The two tackles will remain the same but the interior line is new with Will Montgomery at center, Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard and Chris Chester at right guard.
Total new starters on offense: 7
Starters Sept 12, 2010 vs. Dallas: DL Adam Carriker, Maake Kemoeatu, Kedric Golston, LB’s Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Andre Carter, DB’s Carlos Rogers, DeAngelo Hall, Reed Doughty, LaRon Landry
Carriker remains at defensive end and he will line up with nose tackle Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen at end. The only change at linebacker will have Ryan Kerrigan replacing the departed Carter.
Half of the defensive backfield will turn over with Oshiomogho Atogwe taking over for at free safety Doughty (who was starting for the injured Kareem Moore) and Josh Wilson replaced departed free agent Rogers. LaRon Landry may or may not be ready to go for the opener but if he can’t go, Doughty is his likely replacement
Total new starters on defense: 5