Starter: Warrick Holdman
Experience: 8th NFL season, 2nd with Washington
2005: Started 16 games
John Keim's Inside Juice: He's in better shape and he knows the defense. The Redskins hope that combination results in much better performance than in 2005 when sloppy angles hurt him, and the team. Holdman has played well in the past under some of these defensive coaches. With Rocky McIntosh being a rookie and Chris Clemons unproven as a standup LB, Holdman needs to come through, at least early in the season.
C. Clemons, McIntosh
Depth: Sooner or later Rocky McIntosh will be the starter at this position, assuming that he can overcome his issues with injuries, which caused some mild but legitimate concern around the time of the draft. Chris Clemons may never make the first team but he could be very valuable as a pass rush specialist, especially if Andre Carter playing in front of him can draw multiple blockers.