Washington Redskins: Projected 2012 Starting Lineups
HC Mike Shanahan has already told the media that Griffin would be the starter from day one and that he will be doing things from that quarterback position that people have not seen before. He has the tools around him with a solid running game, and a young group of ball catchers. The ceiling is high for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
RB: Roy Helu
Helu came in to his own late last season playing in 15 games and racking up 640 yards and two scores, on top of his 379 yards receiving. He rushed for over 100 yards in thee straight games starting on November 27th against Seattle. The second-year player out of Nebraska will be expected to double his rushing yards next year as Shanahan’s ground attack begins to take form.
FB: Darrell Young
Not much of a competition here seeing how Young is the only fullback on the roster after the Skins unexpectedly released Mike Sellers. Young is a linebacker-turned-fullback and showed signs of promise last year blocking both against the run and pass.
No. 1 WR: Pierre Garcon
This was made very clear when the Redskins signed Garcon to a five-year, $42.5 million dollar contract in March. With Santana Moss turning 33 in June, it was important for Washington to add youth to its wide receiving corps and Garcon had 947 yards and six touchdowns on a Peyton Manning-less Colts team in 2011.
No. 2 WR: Santana Moss
Not many things have been going right for the Redskins as of late. But Santana Moss always provided that sign of hope for fans. Moss, who is entering his 12th season, his seventh in D.C., is still good enough to provide some offense and guidance for the new quarterback.
TE: Fred Davis
Fred Davis, aside from a little run in with Mary Jane, is a young tight end with tons of upside. He and Griffin could have many years where they make the Pro Bowl together. Now that the running game will be that much better and the addition of a true No. 1 in Garcon, Davis’ numbers should soar in 2012.
LT: Trent Williams
This will be the guy to watch in 2012. His off-the-field actions last year made him a liability and if he doesn’t perform up to his first-round potential, then the Redskins could be cutting ties with the former Oklahoma Sooner before this season ends.
LG: Kory Lichtensteiger
He tore is ACL in Week 6 against the Eagles last season, which was one of the many holes on the offensive line. But Lichtensteiger had been playing good football, and some may say he was the best lineman they had to that point last year. If he can fully recover from his injury, he should be back for the zone-blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan’s offense is built upon.
C: Will Montgomery
Just thinking of the name Casey Rabach brings shutters to Skins’ fans. Montgomery was nothing spectacular last year, but he did well enough to be the starter in Week 1. He should do better in 2012 with a more mobile quarterback in Griffin, and now that he has a little time playing center under his belt.
RG: Chris Chester
Chris Chester was the only Redskin offensive lineman to start and play in all 16 games a year ago. And with the three other guards on the roster not having three years NFL experience between them, Chester should be a lock.
RT: Willie Smith
This is a problem Washington needed to address in the Draft but they didn’t. And for that they could be in some trouble. Willie Smith played decent last year filling in for Trent Williams, but he is most definitely not a starter. Hopefully they can find a hidden gem in training camp that is willing to step up or else this could be a problem all of 2012.