It’s really easy to see why defensive end Stephen Bowen and nose tackle Barry Cofield were team captains last season. Both provide unmatchable leadership, have started every game over the last two seasons and are the anchor of Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
Of course there is a additional lineman next to Cofield and Bowen hence the three in 3-4. Bowen will start on the right side of the line like he has for the last 33 games, but what remains to be seen is who will be opposite of him.
While Adam Carrikier started every game in 2011 and Jarvis Jenkins started the last 14 games of the 2012 season, neither will be available for the season kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
So, who’s going to fill in?
Kedric Golston is the second longest tenured player on the roster behind only Santana Moss. He isn’t new to starting under Haslett, as he was part of the starting 11 through the first 13 weeks of the 2010 season before being placed on injury reserve with nagging injuries.
After an impressive training camp last season, Chris Baker nabbed a spot on the final 53-man roster and set career highs across the board. The four-year veteran has taken a few snaps at end during training camp and could slide over, if needed, through the first four weeks of the season.
Phillip Merling may be the biggest wild card in the equation. Despite Redskins fans being relatively unfamiliar with the former Clemson Tiger, he knows a thing or two about playing for a winner. During his five-year career, he has accumulated 72 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. His most recent action in the NFL came this past season with the Green Bay Packers, where he appeared in three games.
Or could someone pull an Alfred Morris style run up the depth chart and snag the opening day spot?
Now’s your chance to let your voice be heard.
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