Offensive line key question for Redskins as season opens on Sunday vs. Saints

Although the Redskins are looking better than in previous years, many questions remain heading into the last preseason game.

The offensive line is the big question mark. With two-time pro bowler Jammal Brown out for at least half of the season after undergoing hip surgery last Thursday, it is looking like Tyler Polumbus will get the starting nod at right tackle against the Saints on Sept. 9. Polumbus has done a good job this preseason, but is he the answer at right tackle?

The offensive line looked better with former Raven guard Chris Chester back in the lineup. But, can he remain healthy for the whole season?

Will guard Kory Lichtensteiger be ready for the season opener and return to form after having knee surgery at the beginning of training camp?

An area of intrigue this preseason has been running back. Coming into camp, the competition was supposed to be between Tim Hightower, Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Out of nowhere comes sixth round draft pick Alfred Morris from little-known Florida Atlantic University. After his impressive 107 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown day against the Colts, Morris could be the dark horse candidate for starting running back on opening day.

With kicker Neil Rackers let go on Monday, the Redskins will rely on the inconsistent, but strong, leg of Graham Gano. Gano made 31 out of 41 field goal attempts last season, with a league-high five kicks blocked.

After having an off week against the Chicago Bears, the defense was back in form with ageless London Fletcher is looking better than ever. His leadership is apparent when he steps on the field. Along with the ferocious defensive line, the Redskins are poised to have one of the best front seven units in the league.

For the defense to reach truly elite status, the secondary has to play with more consistency. DeAngelo Hall has been playing free safety after spending eight years at cornerback. Free safety is a position that requires a player to check down on all 11 offensive players. Hall’s “me first” and inconsistent play during his time at cornerback will not bode well for his adjustment to free safety.

The offense is loaded with weapons, with the tight ends and wide receivers looking good, but without consistent offensive line play, the Redskins are destined for another disappointing season.

The last look at the Redskins before the season opener comes Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Buccaneers. The questions will still remain after the game.

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