Starter: Lemar Marshall
Experience: Fourth NFL season, all with
2005: Started 16 games
John Keim's Inside Juice: He performed much better in the middle than I expected. He has the instincts for the position, helping him take better angles. He also gives the Redskins a weapon in that he can cover deep in the middle, which they like to do with their linebackers. He's a linebacker who runs like a safety. He's not quite where Antonio Pierce was in terms of being in sync with Gregg Williams, but he's getting there. And he can take Williams' heat.
Depth: It was a darn good thing that Marshall worked out so well last year because the team really didn't have anywhere else to turn. Khary Campbell is a special teams coverage demon, but he has very limited experience at linebacker. Robert McCune was a 26-year-old rookie last year, but he didn't make the final roster coming out of camp. He was signed to the practice squad and later returned to the active roster. Should Marshall not be able to perform they might move Warrick Holdman over into the middle.