Projected 2015 starters: Washington Redskins


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Redskins Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Robert Griffin III DE Jason Hatcher
  RB Alfred Morris NT Terrance Knighton
  WR1 DeSean Jackson DE Stephen Paea
  WR2 Pierre Garcon OLB Trent Murphy
  WR3 Andre Roberts ILB Perry Riley
  TE Jordan Reed ILB Keenan Robinson
  LT Trent Williams OLB Ryan Kerrigan
  LG Shawn Lauvao CB1 Chris Culliver
  C Kory Lichtensteiger CB2 DeAngelo Hall
  RG Chris Chester SLOT Bashaud Breeland
  RT Brandon Scherff S Dashon Goldson
  S Jeron Johnson

» I'm not sold on the praise Washington has showered on Griffin under center. The Redskins feel primed to start multiple quarterbacks all over again in 2015, with Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy likely to see time if RGIII stumbles. That said, the push inside the organization to turn Griffin into a winner is coming from the top. He'll need to fall flat on his face in camp to lose the job before Week 1.

» It wasn't the sexiest No. 5 pick of all time, but first-rounder Brandon Scherff will start the year at right tackle, providing an instant upgrade to an offensive line that allowed an outrageous 58 sacks last season, second worst in the NFL. At guard, Shawn Lauvao is an up-and-down performer who could lose his job if someone else emerges before September.

» Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan deserves credit for shoring up a thin secondary. Free-agent addition Chris Culliver steps into the lineup as Washington's No. 1 cornerback with DeAngelo Hall taking the other spot on the outside. I'm putting Bashaud Breeland in the slot, but it's possible he'll switch places with Hall.

» We like the signing of Terrance Knighton. The nose tackle helps solidify a front seven that finished 21st in sacks in 2014. With Brian Orakpo out the door, Trent Murphy steps into the rotation at outside linebacker across from Ryan Kerrigan.

» Alfred Morris remains the team's workhorse, but his snap count could take a hit if third-round running back Matt Jones impresses coach Jay Gruden and friends.

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