Overview: Over the past several seasons, the only constant besides change for the Redskins has been Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels at the offensive tackle positions. That shred of continuity was disrupted last year when Jansen went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the first preseason game. Everybody around the Redskins is fervently hoping that that bit of order is restored and the duo starts all 16 games.
Depth Chart: Jansen, who says he is back to 100%, hopes to go back to being The Rock on the right side and Samuels is solid on the left. Jim Molinaro and Mark Wilson, both 2004 late-round draft picks, will be given the first shot at being the backups. Given that Ray Brown can play both guard and center, it's possible that the Redskins will go with just three tackles on the roster.
Jon Alston (6-5, 306, South Carolina, rookie): He
started games at guard, tackle, and on the defensive line at South Carolina, so
he could shift inside should the need arise or if that's where his skills take
Adrian Gonzalez (6-5, 328, Louisiana Tech, rookie):
Gonzalez certainly has NFL size, but it would be a major upset if he were to
make even the practice squad.
Jon Jansen (6-6, 306, Michigan, 6 NFL seasons): One
of the major reasons that the Redskins' offense never got untracked last year
was that Jansen never took the field. He'll be back providing the steady
leadership and strong performance he provided in the 82 straight games he
started for the team prior to last year.
Jim Molinaro (6-6, 309, Notre Dame, 1 NFL season): He
can play both guard and tackle and is a solid special-teams performer. He even
played some on the defensive line, filling in there due to injuries that
happened during the game in Detroit. On Joe Gibbs' teams that translates into a
strong degree of job security.
Chris Samuels (6-5, 310, Alabama, 5 NFL seasons):
When he allows a sack it's headline news and he's excellent blocking the run.
Some may complain that given his draft position (third overall in 2000) and
contract (seven years, $50 million signed this spring) he should be better.
True, he is a cut below the elite left tackles in the league, but most NFL
teams would take him as their starter in a heartbeat.
Mark Wiilson (6-6, 295, California, 1 NFL season): When the Redskins went into Pittsburgh, Ray Brown was forced to move over to right guard to fill in for the injured Randy Thomas, Wilson got the start at right tackle. While he performed admirably, the fact that it was one of only two games where he was on the active roster last year isn't encouraging for his future with the team.
Man to Man: