Starter: Randy Thomas
Experience: Eighth NFL season, fourth with Redskins
2005: Started 14 games
Resume: It took
Thomas a year to get accustomed to Joe Gibbs' offense, having a spotty 2004.
There was some talk of Thomas being released as his play didn't justify his cap
number, but that didn't last for long. He responded with a great '05 season,
one that probably would have ended in
'06 Pressure Point: He hasn't done much with Al Saunders' new offense besides study the playbook and learn in meetings. Saunders' offense is similar enough to that of Gibbs so that it shouldn't be a huge problem, but he will have to get up to speed based more on mental reps than physical ones.
Said about Thomas: "Randy Thomas played great football for us this year. I really think he had a Pro Bowl season. He played extremely tough. He was one of our leaders in the locker room. He said it was his best year and I believe it--I only had to compare this year with last year. He had an exceptional year."—Joe Gibbs
John Keim's Inside Juice: Thomas will be fine in training camp, but the big question is how will the right ankle affect his play this year? Those injuries typically take a year to recover. He was the Redskins' best lineman last year. The good part: he says he's already back to where he was mechanically before the injury.
Depth: Ray Brown,
who took over when Thomas went down last year, has retired and Cory Raymer, who had a disastrous fill-in stint when Brown was
banged up in the