The Redskins could have as many as seven new starters heading into the 2012 season.
A roster is more than the starting lineup, though. What about depth?
Head coach Mike Shanahan suggested at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that developing depth is as important as crafting a solid corps of starters.
He pointed to last season as evidence.
In Weeks 6-7, the Redskins’ offense was beset with injuries.
They lost running back
“It’s just part of football,” Shanahan told Redskins Broadcast Network’s Larry Michael. “There are no excuses. What you have to do is build your football team where you can lose three or four guys on offense, you can lose three or four guys on defense, but you’re deep enough to still win football games. That's what great organizations do.”
In evaluating the Redskins’ roster, it appears the Redskins need to add more depth at quarterback, on the offensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary. (Wide receiver is regarded as a need, but the team does have some young depth at the position.)
Still, the Redskins may look to acquire two quarterbacks this offseason to shore up the position.
The most likely scenario has the team signing a veteran in free agency and then targeting a prospect in the NFL Draft.
The Redskins could target an offensive tackle high in the draft to supplant oft-injured
With Brown under contract in 2012 and undrafted rookie
On the inside, the Redskins could look to add competition at left guard and center.
Lichtensteiger is coming off a knee ligament injury and
The Redskins just re-signed
His backup last year was second-year lineman
If all three depart the team, that would leave
As March 13 draws near, the likelihood that Fletcher will test the free agent market increases. Resigning him was termed an off-season priority by Shanahan.
If he departs, then the Redskins would need to add a starter in addition to some quality reserves in free agency or the NFL Draft.
Adding an elite cornerback in the draft would certainly solidify the position and give the defense a young cornerback to groom.
Those are two big if's, though. Landry is far from a certainty to return and Atogwe lost his starting job late last season.
Beyond those two, the Redskins may need to add another young safety prospect to groom for the future, even if Landry and Atogwe both return.