Rookie receiver Rod Gardner was officially named the starter, in an unsurprising move. After all, Gardner had practiced with the first unit for most of the past 10 days. And he'd played more with them in the past two games than Kevin Lockett.

. . . Undrafted free agent rookie David Brandt will start at right guard against New England on Thursday. Monday, he spent the day with the first team. Brandt, from Michigan, controlled Kenard Lang in practice last week.

. . . Center Cory Raymer, linebacker Kevin Mitchell and safety David Terrell remained in the starting lineup, despite challenges. The only challenge we questioned was Mark Fischer's at center. Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer said he'd had the best camp of any offensive linemen. However, he rarely worked with the first team in practice, a sure sign there was no true challenge.

BAD DAY . . . End Michael Bankston was cut. That certainly qualifies as a bad day. At one time Bankston appeared to be a sure bet to make the team, especially with the Redskins lack of depth at end. But Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer is high on his young backup tackles, Del Cowsette and Jerry DeLoach. In order to keep both, he had to cut an end. So he chose Dorian Boose over Bankston.

. . . Derrick Fletcher started the past two games at right guard. Monday, he worked as a second-team right tackle. Fletcher, like Mookie Moore before him, played himself out of the starting lineup.

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