The last two years, the Washington Redskins have been playing in a 3-4 defense. It has taken them a while to get the right personnel for it and to get used to it, but they finally have it down.
In the 3-4, the players that receive the most love are the outside linebackers, because they often play like defensive ends. The Redskins' defensive line operates with two defensive ends and a nose tackle. Their main job is to stop the run and draw as many offensive linemen as possible, freeing up the outside linebackers.
The Redskins' defensive line has been okay, but head coach Mike Shanahan would like to see some improvement. The Redskins currently have 11 defensive linemen on the roster, seven defensive ends and four nose tackles.
Not all those players will make the final roster or make it all the way through training camp, but hopefully they all provide good competition for each other during the preseason. Here is a preview of all 11 defensive linemen.