But all along others expressed confidence in Lichtensteiger, who is signed through 2017. Though he's an undersized center at 295 pounds, they like how he handles the subtle parts of the job - protections, for example. But there's no doubt some in the building would like to upgrade the position, even if it's just for depth.
Receiver Josh Doctson: If Washington determines the first-round draft pick will be fine for the Sept. 12 opener -- healthy and ready -- then it has some options. The Redskins could still keep six receivers, but if they want, the final one could be a player whose role is primarily special teams. If they think Doctson won't be healthy, on the other hand, they would probably want someone who is more ready to play now (Rashad Ross). A healthy Doctson could also prompt them to keep only five receivers, with two or so on the practice squad. But Ross helped himself in Wednesday's preseason finale.
Paulsen played for the Redskins since 2010, playing in 75 games. Known for his blocking and special teams play, Paulsen grabbed 79 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons before missing 2015 on the injured reserve. He was also a constant worker in a locker room with a ton of turnover. Paulsen played under Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, and was part of the team when Shanahan had personnel control, along with Bruce Allen's one season as GM and then McCloughan.
Mike Mayock Calls Redskins 'Favorite in Wide-Open NFC East'
NFL Network analyst, and draft guru Mike Mayock sees a favorite in the NFC East before the season starts, and that team wears burgundy and gold.