<
>

Redskins starting lineup: Offense

The Washington Redskins changed head coaches and, at least in the passing game, philosophies. But they didn't do a whole lot to the lineup with only two new starters (and one changed starter). But new coach Jay Gruden inherited an offensive lineup that already had key parts in place, almost all of whom were young. However, if the offense doesn't do better than the 20.9 points per game it averaged in 2013 (ranked 23rd; they were ninth in yards per game; points matter a lot more) there will be more changes.

Here is a look at their starting offensive unit after the offseason workouts (I'll look at the starting defense Thursday):

Offense

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III

Running back: Alfred Morris

Wide receiver: DeSean Jackson

Wide receiver: Pierre Garcon

Tight end: Jordan Reed

Tight end: Logan Paulsen

Left tackle: Trent Williams

Left guard: Shawn Lauvao

Center: Kory Lichtensteiger

Right guard: Chris Chester

Right tackle: Tyler Polumbus

Change from 2013: Lauvao and Jackson are the only new starters. Lichtensteiger shifted from left guard to center.

Note: I did not include a starting fullback because they will likely use two-tight-end sets more often, but obviously Darrel Young is their fullback. Last season in Cincinnati, then-offensive coordinator Gruden used two tight ends more than any other formation on first down (229 times; next highest was three receivers and one tight end at 112 times). Also last season, Cincinnati’s fullback played 63 snaps -- but received 206 snaps in 2012. Young is better than what the Bengals had, and his blocking was a key element in the Redskins’ run game, which will stay about the same. Still, I would not put him as a heavy participant and, therefore, not a starter. As for position battles, the one to watch for me is right guard. Also, I think Lichtensteiger is well suited for center, but if he struggles then Mike McGlynn has experience there as well -- and by all accounts performed much better at this position than at guard.

Spring standout: Jackson. When healthy, that is. But it was clear the sort of difference he could make because of his speed. The coaches definitely came away thinking he is for real, not that they were surprised considering his past.

Average age at start of camp: 27.09

Combined Pro Bowls: 7. Jackson (three), Williams (two), Morris (one), Griffin (one).

Starters 30 or older: 1 (Chester).