1. The running back battle.
But, really, I think we've seen enough of Marcus Mason to render a judgment on him. If he picks up the blitz tonight, it means he's inconsistent in this area because he hasn't done it much before now. So it's very likely the Redskins know already if he's going to be cut or make the team. But they do need to see more of Anthony Alridge and his speed. But he must hold onto the ball.
2. Mike Williams.
Can he play? Can he stop getting hurt? The Redskins were a bit too optimistic about their initial expectations for him, perhaps ignoring reality. But Williams hasn't played in a long time and lost a lot of weight. Of course there would be issues. Have to believe that if he gets hurt again, that's it. But if he makes it through unscathed, then he'll likely find a roster spot. Amazing as that might be.
3. Backup offensive line.
So many question marks. So few (legitimate) answers.
4. The fight for No. 2 receiver.
If Devin Thomas shows up for a second straight game, then the job likely will be his. But if he does another disappearing act then it remains up for grabs. Antwaan Randle El has been the most consistent in practice, but he's a minor threat to defenses in games. That matters. Malcolm Kelly is still refining his routes. Some outside evaluators wonder if his speed is an issue. It really seems like it's Thomas' job if he plays well.
5. A better ground game.
It would be nice to see Stephon Heyer have a strong game in run blocking. Not sure we've seen that yet. See if he gets to the linebackers and creates some backside cut lanes. That's been a knock on him.
6. Last chance. How will guys like Cody Glenn, Robert Henson and Darrell Young do?
All are fighting for maybe one spot. What about veteran LB Robert Thomas? He's experienced at all three linebacker spots and provides some insurance for a guy like Rocky McIntosh. Glenn seems to be doing better than Henson, if reading between the lines correctly with the coaches. Think they feel he has a bigger upside. Meanwhile, a guy like Marko Mitchell should have solidified a spot. He has work to do and likely would be inactive most of the time. But the other receivers haven't done anything. Obviously they need to show more on special teams, but it's not as if anyone is standing out in that area, either.
7. A kicker resolution.
The guess? Shaun Suisham is the incumbent and must be knocked out. To date, that hasn't happened. But a bad night by him and a good one by Dave Rayner could be all it takes.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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