For the first time in a long time, the Redskins have talented starters almost across the board, and decent depth behind them.
I do not expect much competition this summer for starting positions, with left guard and cornerback (opposite Josh Norman) being the two exceptions. I do however expect there to be some pretty intense position battles for back-up spots come training camp.
RB - Who will be the back-up to feature back Derrius Guice?
WR - This should be an interesting camp battle. Can new-comers Cam Simms and Simmie Cobbs overtake veterans like Brain Quick and Maurice Harris? Will Robert Davis step up in year two, and take on a more prominent role in the offense? Can Trey Quinn play all three receiver spots?
LT - Who will back up Trent Williams? Will it be the rookie Garon Christian or veteran Ty Nsekhe. Nsekhe struggled with the speed rush last year, and I believe Christian has the better athleticism to match up against speed on the outside.
LG - Will it be Shawn Lauvao or Ty Nsekhe on the left side? Can TJ Clemmings and Kyle Kalis be quality back-ups at guard?
NT - Can rookie Tim Settle beat out veterans Phil Taylor and Ziggy Hood for a spot behind Payne?
CB - Who will win the starting spot opposite Josh Norman? Who will be the primary slot corner replacing the departed Kendall Fuller?
S - The depth is a bit shaky (to say the least) behind starters DJ Swearinger and Montae Nicholson. Can Troy Apke contribute as a rookie?
Here is my projected two-deep before the start of training camp next month.
QB - Alex Smith, Colt McCoy
RB - Derrius Guice, Samaje Perine
3rd down back - Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall
WR (X) - Josh Doctson, Brian Quick
WR (Z) - Paul Richardson, Robert Davis
WR (slot) - Jamison Crowder, Trey Quinn
TE - Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis
LT - Trent Williams, Geron Christian
LG - Shawn Lauvao/Ty Nsekhe
C - Chase Roullier, Tony Bergstrom
RG - Brandon Scherff, T.J. Clemmings
RT - Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe
DE - Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee
NT - DaRon Payne, Tim Settle
DE - Jonathan Allen, Anthony Lanier
OLB - Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson
OLB - Preston Smith, Pernell McPhee
MLB (MIKE) - Mason Foster, Zach Vigil/Shaun Dion-Hamilton
MLB (JACK) - Zach Brown, Josh Harvey-Clemons
CB - Josh Norman, Orlando Scandrick
CB - Quinton Dunbar/Fabian Moreau
Slot CB - Orlando Scandrick, Joshua Holsey
SS - D.J. Swearinger, Deshazor Everett
FS - Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everett/Troy Apke
How good is the 2018 Redskins two-deep?
This poll is closed
Best it’s been in decades
Solid, but still has a few holes
About league average
Lacks quality starters and depth at multiple positions
Well below league average