In most cases, starters from a year ago are safe throughout training camp, working to stay in shape and continuing to learn their respected system.
But for those who are undrafted rookies, recently signed free agents or aging veterans, training camp is your time to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster and eventually earn your paycheck.
Here's a breakdown of the Redskins' full training camp roster as of July 1.
As one of the most important guys on the entire roster, there's no question Kirk Cousins makes the roster as the backup to Robert Griffin III.
In the unfortunate case(s) that Griffin doesn't makes a full recovery by Week 1, or suffers another injury during the season, the Redskins call on Captain Kirk to man the ship.
Robert Griffin III
No explanation necessary. He's only that dude that has completely rejuvenated the team, the fanbase and the city.
No. 10 in your programs. No. 1 in our hearts.
Don't be surprised if Mike Shanahan only rolls with two quarterbacks on the final roster this year. But until then, Rex Grossman is a part of this quarterback group, and he brings with him some value.
Not only does Grossman know this playbook cover to cover, he's also a respected comrade amongst his teammates. Regardless of the bonehead plays and poor decisions during games, guys tend to stick up for Sexy Rexy.
If he does happen to make the roster, there's no question Grossman's slotted at No. 3.
The forecast doesn't look great for Pat White as a member of the Redskins, but training camp still has to play out.
As one of the most successful read-option spread quarterbacks in college football history, White was brought in by the Redskins to provide similar athleticism and speed at the quarterback position while Griffin continues to rehab his knee.
Perhaps this summer sparks a recharge in Pat White's career. Just not in Washington.
After suffering a right knee injury before the start of last season, Tristan Davis spent all of 2012 on the Redskins injured reserve list.
Davis was originally a camp body for the Redskins in 2011, and he's remained as much since then.
Don't expect anything out of Davis following camp.
Roy Helu Jr.
As a rookie in 2011, Roy Helu Jr. led the Redskins in rushing, showcasing his skills as a versatile back and newfound gem of Mike Shanahan.
But after being dealt the injury bug last season, Helu now finds himself battling for a roster spot this summer, and the road won't be an easy one.
If Helu is healthy, he's a great piece in the Redskins offense. He has the explosiveness, he can catch out of the backfield and he's a decent blocker.
But if the lower leg and foot injuries continue to linger, Helu could be on the outside looking in come time for roster cuts.
In the latest installment of Mike Shanahan's late-round flyers, Jawan Jamison arrives in camp as one of the least-flashy running backs, but equipped with deceiving talent.
Jamison was drafted in the seventh round last April—a pick that most would consider a throwaway of sorts. But for anyone that knows Shanahan, one team's trash can mean another head coach's treasure.
Such is the hope with Jamison.
Although he's not here to take over the starting job, Jamison does offer a skill set that touches on a few different fronts, including a down-hill running style, surprising quickness in traffic and the ability to catch out of the backfield.
As one of my personal favorites to catch on this summer, look out for Jamison to make a name for himself in camp. Practice squad at the very least.
With a crowded roster, particularly in the backfield, Lieutenant Eric Kettani has his work cut out for him this summer as a reserve fullback.
Fresh off an incredible rookie season in which he rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, Alfred Morris returns as the starter in the Redskins backfield.
Although I wouldn't count on Morris seeing another 335 carries in 2013, there's no question who the lead back is in Washington.
Expect a tough camp for third-year man Evan Royster this summer.
Once a late-round pick of Mike Shanahan himself, Royster hasn't quite panned out the way some imagined. Although he runs with the one-cut style that Shanahan likes, Royster has appeared average during his short stay in Washington.
With the drafting of two additional running backs last April, this summer may mark the end of the Penn State alum in burgundy and gold.
Although the injuries suffered in college are cause for concern, Shanahan and the Redskins drafted Chris Thompson in the fifth round last April to serve as the game-breaking change-of-pace back in the Washington backfield.
Despite his short stature, Thompson offers so much as a football player by way of his quickness, speed, acceleration, change of direction, pass catching ability and vision. He'll be the guy inserted into the offense as part of creative looks, and ultimately taking some of the load off Alfred Morris.
Keiland Williams has been a familiar name around Washington since the Redskins signed him as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft.
Williams spent a short time with the Detroit Lions during the 2011 season before signing again in Washington last October.
As much as most of us root for Williams, he's going to have a major uphill climb to make the roster this season.
Often overlooked and forgotten, fullback Darrel Young was/is a key ingredient to the Redskins' potent offensive attack.
Luckily for Young—and fans—the Redskins noticed his importance and re-signed him earlier this season to a three-year deal.
Expect Young to be the only fullback retained on the final roster.
All eyes will be on Fred Davis as he makes his return from an Achilles tear suffered last season.
The Redskins played it safe and smart this offseason, re-signing Davis to a one-year deal and sticking to their guns throughout the entire process.
If Davis doesn't return with the same explosiveness, the Redskins don't lose much. Yet if he returns as the Fred Davis from a season ago, the Redskins make out like bandits.
For now, Davis is the Redskins' starting tight end.
An undrafted free agent out of Georgia State from this past April, Emmanuel Ogbuehi is here for camp competition at a position that should already be maxed out with four guys.
Entering his third season in the NFL, Niles Paul will enter his second year as a tight end (after converting from wide receiver).
My guess is the Redskins go with four tight ends on the final roster, one of which is Paul.
But even if they don't utilize him as much at tight end, Paul is a valuable asset on special teams and should absolutely make this team.
Entering his fourth NFL season, and set to become a free agent, the Redskins made sure to re-sign Logan Paulsen earlier this year, keeping the reliable and sizable target in Washington for another three seasons.
Paulsen has come along nicely since the Redskins signed him as an undrafted free agent back in 2010, developing as a blocker and becoming increasingly better as a receiver. He's here to stay.
The latest addition to the position, Jordan Reed joins the Redskins after being drafted (somewhat by surprise) in the third round of last April's draft.
Reed was a converted quarterback in college, so he remains very raw as a tight end, especially at the next level.
Reed is, however, a superb athlete and a natural pass-catcher. He's a lock to make the team, and we could see some of him early in the season as coaches try to make the most of his vision and open-field ability.
This won't be a cakewalk summer for Dezmon Briscoe.
At 6'2", Briscoe has the size, has demonstrated good hands and he appears to have the talent to develop into a productive wide receiver.
Maturity, concentration and focus, however, are still things Briscoe needs to catch up on. He needs to put it all together this season, or else he'll be left out.
Signed as an undrafted free agent this spring, the 5'9" Skye Dawson is a receiver who's best bet to make the team would be at punt/kick returner.
After signing him to a big contract last summer, Pierre Garcon was a major contributor to the Redskins offense in 2012, willing them to seven consecutive wins to finish the season and claim the division title.
Garcon is the team's top receiver, as well as one of the most important pieces on the roster.
Drafted in the third round in 2011, Leonard Hankerson enters his third season with the Redskins.
His rookie season was cut short due to injury, and last season Hankerson was criticized for a few plays in which he appeared to lose focus.
This season, though, many eyes will be on Hank, watching closely to see if he can put everything together and become a solid contributor in this offense.
Flashes here and there from last season were encouraging. Consistency is next.
Signed this offseason, Devery Henderson is a 10-year veteran in the league and a Super Bowl champion. He spent the first nine years of his career in New Orleans.
It's tough to predict Henderson's chances of making the squad at this point, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him stick. He's a veteran presence, an experienced route runner and an intelligent football player. Shanahan likes all of the above.
One of my favorite guys in camp this summer, Lance Lewis was originally signed as an undrafted free agent following last year's draft. An injury eventually landed him on IR.
Lewis may not be the fastest horse in the stable, but he's solid. He has great size at 6'2", he uses his body effectively and he has reliable hands.
For a position with a lot of competition, expect for Lewis to shine through and make a push for the final 53.
Hauling in 48 catches for 510 yards and two scores, Joshua Morgan was a key piece to the Redskins offense during his first season in Washington.
Morgan will return this season, hopefully as the main slot receiver, while Leonard Hankerson and Pierre Garcon work on the outside.
Even at 34 years young, Santana Moss is a favorite to make the squad this year.
When Pierre Garcon went down last season, Moss stepped up to relieve the pressure, bringing in 41 catches for 573 yards and eight touchdowns.
With arguably the most trusted hands on the team, Moss serves as a security blanket on offense.
Moss' role this season, however, could diminish assuming full health from Garcon, Morgan and Hankerson.
An undrafted free agent this season, Chip Reeves is a 6'1" receiver out of Connecticut that will help during camp, but not push for a roster spot come late August.
One of the more interesting names on the camp roster this year, Aldrick Robinson enters his third season with the Redskins.
Robinson was a late-round draft pick in 2011 who spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad. In limited action last season, Robinson showed signs of his big-play potential and what he could add to the Redskins offense.
It appears that coaches like Robinson and would love to keep him on board as a breaker that can stretch the field. But like most other receivers in camp, it's going to be a tough climb this summer.
For now, expect Robinson on the final 53.
Although Mike Shanahan preferred him to re-sign last year, Donte Stallworth decided to head up to New England, where he eventually played just one game due to injury.
Stallworth returns this season and he appears to be in great shape. Age (32) aside, Stallworth is an experienced receiver that showed well during his first stint in Washington back in 2011 when he caught 22 balls for 309 yards and two scores.
Another undrafted free agent out of Connecticut, Nick Williams is a body in camp and shouldn't push to make a final roster spot.
An undrafted free agent signed this year, Jacolby Ashworth served as a key component to Houston's high-potent offense in college.
At 6'3", 300 pounds, Ashworth has potential with the Redskins in multiple positions up front. But for this season, practice squad or nothing.
The Redskins' returning right guard, Chris Chester improved last season in all facets of his game, becoming one of the Redskins' top linemen.
A late-round pick from a season ago, Tom Compton was a personal favorite of mine coming out of South Dakota.
At 6'5", 308 pounds, Compton has the build of a tackle and he'll be fighting for a starting spot on the right side this season.
A bit undersized at 6'2", 292 pounds, Adam Gettis was a mid-round draft pick from a year ago that brings with him athleticism, quickness and versatility.
Gettis spent his rookie season on the practice squad last year, but he has a good shot at a reserve role this season.
Playing in 21 games over the past two seasons with the Redskins, Maurice Hurt enters his third season in the NFL and should stick this year.
Perhaps he's battled by Adam Gettis?
Some were surprised when the Redskins selected Josh LeRibeus in the third round last year, but he showed well during his limited five games as a rookie.
LeRibeus was brought in to stick here for a while. An eventual starter, LeRibeus will serve as a key reserve on the offensive line in 2013.
The Redskins signed Kevin Matthews as a free agent in May after he spent his first three NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans.
Matthews was brought in as camp competition, as he's strictly a center. Other guys possess a bit more versatility, hence increasing their potential staying power on the roster.
Putting together his best season as a pro last year, Will Montgomery returns to serve as the starting center for the third-straight season in Washington.
An undrafted free agent with strong upside, Xavier Nixon has the makings of a successful lineman in Shanahan's system.
Expect Nixon on the practice squad this season in order to polish technique and correct some inconsistencies.
The Redskins signed Tony Pashos in March after the nine-year vet missed an entire season of football last year due to injury.
With a crowded competition for the right tackle spot, Pashos is in the thick of it.
As the starting right tackle last season, Tyler Polumbus wasn't the most well-liked guy amongst fans.
Although he performed well as a run blocker, Polumbus struggled mightily in pass protection, hence the reason for a strong camp competition this season.
With Robert Griffin III coming off injury, the Redskins can't afford to have a liability attempting to block on their front line.
An undrafted free agent out of Utah, Tevita Stevens has experience at both center and guard at the college ranks.
Given the situation along the offensive line, don't expect to see Stevens' name in Washington following camp.
Along with Tom Compton, Tony Pashos and Tyler Polumbus, Jeremy Trueblood will be competing for the starting right tackle spot this summer.
Trueblood is a former second-round pick that spent his first seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When he was released by the team earlier this year, the Redskins thought it a good idea to bring in the 6'8" tackle for competition.
Improving again last season, left tackle Trent Williams has solidified himself as one of the top-10 blindside blockers in the NFL.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts in late April, Chigo Anunoby joins the Redskins as an interior defensive lineman with a strong build, good length and the ability to hold double-teams.
Perhaps not a member of the final roster this season, Anunoby has potential as a practice squad guy.
Earning his way over the past two seasons, Chris Baker appeared in 14 games last season as a backup nose tackle.
Baker signed a one-year tender with the Redskins earlier this year, and he should find a spot on the final roster.
As the Redskins starting defensive end, Stephen Bowen doesn't receive nearly enough credit for his production on the field.
A former second-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2009, Ron Brace signed with the Redskins after being released in early February.
Brace brings obvious size at 6'3", 330 pounds, but the defensive line appears to have decent talent throughout.
Look for Brace as camp competition, with a fair shot at the final 53.
No sooner had he found his groove did Adam Carriker go down with a nasty quadriceps tear at the beginning of last season.
The Redskins are hopeful for Carriker's return, but the setback in his recovery raises concern.
When healthy, Carriker is a crucial part of the Redskins defense. But if durability is a concern, there's other guys that may find their way onto the roster while Carriker spends a season on the list.
An extremely valuable defensive lineman, there's no question Barry Cofield is the starting nose tackle on this team.
After re-signing with the Redskins this season to a three-year deal, Kedric Golston returns as a reserve along the defensive line, providing reliable backup on the field and veteran leadership in the locker room.
Signed to the team's practice squad in September of last year, Dominique Hamilton likely stays put. With Chris Baker, Truck Neild and Kedric Golston, the Redskins have a decent group in the reserves.
A second-round pick of the Redskins' 2011 draft class, Jarvis Jenkins may find himself starting again this season if Adam Carriker's injury setback is as bad as it seems.
Jenkins started 14 games last season and seemed to improve as the season went on. He spent his entire rookie season recovering from a torn ACL.
A former second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, Phillip Merling signed a futures contract with the Redskins in January.
Despite his massive size at 6'5", 315 pounds, Merling likely doesn't stick in Washington past training camp.
Returning this season after missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL, Chris "Truck" Neild looks to retain a spot on the roster, likely battling guys like Chris Baker and Ron Brace for the backup nose tackle spot.
The undersized and relatively unknown Marvin Burdette reminds some of London Fletcher.
Like Fletcher, Burdette is a compact tackling machine (led the nation in tackles per game as a senior last year) with a strong work ethic.
There may not be room on the roster for Burdette this season, but he'd be a strong prospect to retain on the practice squad.
Signed as an undrafted free agent this spring, Will Compton brings guts, instincts and intelligence to the position.
It's hard to say where Compton will end up this year, although it's likely the practice squad. He's a tough kid and hard to count out. Keep your eye on him.
The ageless wonder is back at it again, and in the final year of his deal.
Whether or not this is London Fletcher's last go'round, it's safe to assume he's a part of this squad regardless of circumstance.
And if he decides to hang 'em up following this season, the Redskins probably have a spot for him somewhere in the front office.
When the Redskins re-signed Rob Jackson to a one-year deal earlier this year, the team knew about his upcoming four-game suspension to start the season.
Even so, thanks to his breakout year last season in place of the injured Brian Orakpo, Jackson earned his new contract and he'll be playing for even more money during the final 12 games of 2013.
Drafted in the fifth round by the Redskins last April, Brandon Jenkins joins the team as a rush linebacker that will provide the team with yet another athlete to help get after the quarterback.
Perhaps not in the capacity of a starting linebacker role, but Bryan Kehl has a good chance of sticking on the roster for his stellar special teams play.
Look for Ryan Kerrigan to put on yet another strong performance in his third NFL season, as Brian Orakpo returns to help and the secondary hopefully improves.
An undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State, Jeremy Kimbrough is undersized and not a favorite to make the team this season.
A stout linebacker entering his fourth NFL season, Rodderick Muckelroy doesn't get by camp with the other talent present at the position.
After missing all but two games last season, Brian Orakpo returns in a contract season to prove he's an elite pass-rusher and deserving of elite pass-rusher money.
The key to both, however, is durability and good health.
The eventual successor to London Fletcher's inside linebacker spot, Perry Riley has gotten better every year since the Redskins drafted him in the fourth round in 2010.
Riley will start alongside Fletcher in 2013.
Missing the latter part of last season due to injury, Keenan Robinson returns this year in a reserve role at inside linebacker. Eventually, the Redskins would like to see him become a starter in the middle.
The Redskins signed Vic So'oto late last year off the Green Bay Packers practice squad.
He'll serve as a camp body this summer.
At 6'1", 270 pounds, Tapp has plenty to offer as a reserve linebacker, but it won't be easy for him to make the squad.
Rob Jackson's suspension, though, could help his chances.
The likeliest of rookies to make the team this year, David Amerson was the Redskins' top-pick. He has all the physical attributes to accompany the position, but coaches need to get their hands on him.
Signed this offseason as depth, E.J. Biggers provides experience behind the starters.
Perhaps a reunion between Biggers and his former head coach Raheem Morris can correct the cornerback's inconsistencies and surprise a few people.
Coming on very well last year to complete his rookie season, many look at Richard Crawford as a promising young cornerback in Washington's system.
He's not necessarily a lock to make the team, but Crawford showed too much last year not to get him on the roster this season to see how he puts it all together.
He said it wasn't about the money, and he lived up to his word.
DeAngelo Hall re-signed with the Redskins after the team was forced to release him, and he willingly cut his massive contract going into 2013.
Hall is clearly the best corner on this roster, and he's playing for another contract this year.
The Redskins signed Devin Holland back in January to fill more at the position during camp. His chances of making the final roster are slim to none.
At one point during 2012, Chase Minnifield was one of the top cornerback prospects entering the draft.
Injury eventually pushed Minnifield beyond the seven rounds of the draft and the Redskins signed him in March of last year.
Further injuries landed Minnifield on IR, and now he's fighting for a roster spot.
There's no denying Minnifield's talent as a football player, but injuries have obviously limited him. Coaches are unable to know his capabilities in big game action.
Future durability, of course, is also a concern.
After appearing in five games for the Redskins last season, Jerome Murphy will be present in camp.
Don't expect much more than competition though, as adding David Amerson and watching Richard Crawford develop are enough to push Murphy off the final roster.
Josh Wilson will return this season, slated as the Redskins' other starting cornerback.
We learned that Wilson underwent surgery during the offseason, which could have been why he seemed to struggle so much last year.
Time will tell.
After suffering an ugly knee injury just one game into his rookie season and being forced to sit out the rest of the year, Jordan Bernstine has a slim chance to make the team this summer.
Different scheme, new coordinator, another head coach, it doesn't matter. Reed Doughty finds a way to stay on this team.
At the very least, expect Doughty back for special teams.
Entering his third season, DeJon Gomes has some pressure on him to put it all together and let the Redskins know what they're really getting.
While I wouldn't count him out of contention, adding two new rookies to the position won't make things any easier.
Between injury No. 1 and injury No. 2, the Redskins didn't get to see much of Brandon Meriweather in his first year with the team last year.
But for the little time that they were able to see him and working with the unit in live action, the defense appeared completely rejuvenated.
The Redskins hope Meriweather returns this season full strength, as his skill set is perfect for what defensive coordinator Jim Haslett likes to run.
Suiting up for 13 games last season, Jordan Pugh performed well as a reserve.
This season should be a lot tougher given the additions to both corner and safety through the draft.
To me, Bacarri Rambo was the steal of the Redskins' 2013 draft class, as they landed a ballhawking centerfielder in the sixth round.
Expect Rambo to make this team and contend for a starting spot.
Like Rambo, fellow rookie Phillip Thomas has a chance to start for the Redskins in 2013.
If not, there's no doubting the Redskins' future defensive plan with heavy reliance on Thomas and his development.
Cobra Kai was money last season, nailing 17-of-18 field goal attempts after the Redskins signed him in October.
Kai Forbath has been the team's best kicker in quite some time—as sad as that may be—and we can assume his job is safe.
Because he wasn't absolutely perfect, Kai Forbath did struggle with leg strength on kickoffs.
John Potter is a big-legged kicker that could become the Redskins kickoff man rather than Forbath. But roster spots are as valuable as ever.
Can the Redskins afford to retain two kickers?
Sav Rocca returns as the large and in-charge punter that takes it personal if he has to make a tackle.
After hearing that he kicked most of last season with a torn meniscus—and still averaged almost 44 yards per punt—how could anyone not want Rocca back this season?
Tough as nails and the coaches love him, Nick Sundberg should return as the team's starting long snapper in 2013.