Who's in--offense

Rich TandlerSenior Analyst IAugust 1, 2008

If you go here and to a few other sites, you can read plenty about who isn't going to play against the Colts on Sunday as the Washington Redskins open their five-game grind of a preseason schedule.

What's left for us to figure out, then, is who will play. Here's a position by position breakdown for the offense:


Out: None

That leaves: Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Colt Brennan, and Derek Devine. Campbell will start and go one series, two if the first one is brief. Collins has been struggling in practice, he may get the rest of the first half before Brennan and Devine—not necessarily in that order—mop up in the second half.

Running back

Out: Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts

That leaves: Rock Cartwright, Marcus Mason—Since Eric Shelton was released awaiting a possible injury settlement, the Redskins are thin here for the time being. Cartwright will start and he and Mason could spell each other the whole way. Nehemiah Broughton, a fullback, may be called on to take some carries as a halfback.


Out: None

That leaves: Mike Sellers, Broughton—You don't want to pound Sellers too hard, so Broughton could get a ton of action. They may go to a two-tight end set if necessary.

Wide receiver

Out: Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Anthony Mix

That leaves: Horace Gant, Maurice Mann, Billy McMullen (?), Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, James Thrash, Burt Toler—There's a question mark next to McMullen as they're not quite sure if he'll go. He, Gant, Mann and Toler would be happy to take all the snaps they can get in order to get on film. Don't blink or you'll miss Moss and Randle El. Thrash should play more than those two, but not much more.

Offense line

Out: Chris Samuels

That leaves: Devin Clark, Andrew Crummey, Jason Fabini, Justin Gresinger, Pete Kendall, Chad Reinhardt, Todd Wade, Tavares Washington, Randy Thomas, Jon Jansen, Stephon Heyer, Casey Rabach—It's always a delicate balancing act here; you don't want to run the starters and top reserves for too long, but you also don't want your quarterback to get killed and you want the running backs to have a fighting chance. Moves here often depend on what the other team does on its defensive line. As the Colts need this fifth preseason game even less than the Redskins do, look for both sides to be deep into the depth chart early on.

Later today, who's in on defense.