Redskins could have eight new starters, including Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here’s a starting-lineup projection for the Washington Redskins:


QB: Kirk Cousins: In the past two seasons combined, Cousins has thrown for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

RB: Samaji Perine: Rob Kelley ended last season as the starter, but he’ll be a complementary piece to Perine, a fourth-round power back who averaged 6.0 yards per carry at Oklahoma.

TE: Jordan Reed: In the past two years, Cousins has posted a 121.4 passer rating when targeting Reed.

LT: Trent Williams: He has made five straight Pro Bowls and remains in the discussion for the game’s best tackle.

LG: Shawn Lauvao: He’s entering the final year of his contract and struggled at times last season.

C: Spencer Long: He switched to center last offseason and ended up starting 12 games.

RG: Brandon Scherff: The fifth overall pick in 2015 reached the Pro Bowl in his second season.

RT: Morgan Moses: The Redskins recently signed the third-year starter to a five-year extension.

TE: Vernon Davis: He was a valuable part last season, with 44 catches and solid blocking.

WR: Jamison Crowder: Without DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Crowder will be in position to top his 2016 receptions total of 67.

WR: Terrelle Pryor: He surpassed 1,000 yards in his first season as a receiver and now is paired with a better quarterback.


DE: Jonathan Allen: The rookie can provide needed help against the run and an interior push on pass plays.

NT: Terrell McClain: He’s best as an end and tackle in a 3-4, but the Redskins haven’t yet settled on a true nose.

DE: Stacy McGee: He played well for Oakland last season but was limited to nine games because of an ankle injury.

OLB: Ryan Kerrigan: The steady Kerrigan has recorded a combined 34 sacks the past three seasons.

ILB: Mason Foster: This could go either way between Foster and Zach Brown, signed as a free agent, so this is far from a guarantee.

ILB: Will Compton: He’s their best linebacker handling the signals, giving him an edge to start, though Foster could play here, too.

OLB: Ryan Anderson: The rookie must beat out Preston Smith and Junior Galette, but the coaches want Anderson’s attitude on the field.

CB: Josh Norman: Played well in 2016, but the Redskins need more game-changing plays.

FS: D.J. Swearinger: He has played mostly in the box but showed last season in Arizona he could handle the deep middle.

SS: Su’a Cravens: He played nickel/dime linebacker last season but has moved to his more natural position.

CB: Bashaud Breeland: He’s entering a contract year and must improve on his 2016 performance.


K: Dustin Hopkins: Excellent on kickoffs, but his FG percentage went from 89.3 two years ago to 81.0 last season.

P: Tress Way: Has a 46.4 yards per punt career average, but his net of 38.9 last season was a career low.

KR: Chris Thompson: Rookie corner Fabian Moreau could help here, too; Thompson averaged 21.2 per return in '16.

PR: Jamison Crowder: He was a dynamic returner last season, averaging 12.1 yards per return with one touchdown.