Starter: Andre Carter
Experience: Fifth NFL season, first with Redskins
2005: Started 16 games for 49ers at outside linebacker
Resume: One missing piece of that has kept the
'06 Pressure Point: The Redskins play some tough receiver tandems—Owens and Glenn from Dallas, Smith and Johnson of Carolina, Harrison and Wayne of the Colts to name a few. While Gregg Williams' defense will do some blitzing in any case, the better pass rush Carter can muster from the quarterback's blind side the more resources Williams will be able to dedicate to covering those dangerous wideouts.
Said about Carter: "I think it'll be a good fit for Andre. Throughout his career, he's been most effective as a defensive end. He likes to pressure the quarterback. He likes to play in an aggressive defense. Those are the schemes that seem to fit him well.--Rubin Carter, former NFL defensive lineman and Andre's father
John Keim's Inside Juice on Carter: He fits in well with
this group because of his professional attitude. That's
important. Carter has not posted good sack totals for a few years, but he
had a back injury two years ago and played out of position last year. He's
in the right place for a revival. If anyone can coax his full talent out it's Gregg Williams and Greg Blache.
His presence gives
Wynn, Evans, N. Clemons
Depth: Nic Clemons spent two seasons on the practice squad before making the 53-man roster last year. He got into just half of the games, so he has to be considered a very shaky option at best. Demetric Evans is a more experienced backup who can play all four D-line positions although he is most effective at end. The most likely backup scenario if Carter should be unable to go for any reason is that Phillip Daniels, the starter at left end, would swing over to his old spot on the right side and Renaldo Wynn would step back into the left end spot where he has started for the past four seasons.
Keim's Inside Juice on Wynn: The ultimate professional likely will have a reduced role with Carter in town. But if anyone can handle it, it's Wynn. However, the Redskins love rotating their linemen to keep them fresh so it's uncertain how much time Wynn will lose. He'll be asked to rush inside on third downs and gives them a stout end off the bench to stop the run. The one question is this: how well is his wrist healed? Any loss in hand strength hurts a lineman.