#RG3Begins: 5 Other Redskins Storylines To Watch

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- By the way, there are 89 other Redskins who will suit up tonight besides Robert Griffin III. These are the five most important

1) The running back situation

The hardest part about judging training camp is noticing which running back is actually standing out. Because there is no tackling, it really is quite impossible to gauge.

Last year's sixth round draft pick Evan Royster will get the start tonight -- and has a chance to gain a big leg up in the most competitive position on the roster. Tim Hightower (who was listed first on the depth chart) will be out until at least the third preseason game, while Roy Helu Jr. will be working with a makeshift offensive line.

2) Chris Cooley

If there is one Redskins veteran who needs to play at least two quarters, it's Chris Cooley. How fast is he now? Can he still barrel over linebackers? Cooley last put on a burgandy and gold jersey on October 16th against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The reserve tight end will reportedly see some extensive time at the fullback position tonight, which could be a major asset to Washington's rookie quarterback. Can't you picture Cooley excelling on fullback flare passes out in the flat, specifically in goal line situations?

3) Which safety will step up?

It's a logjam back there with a bunch of new faces. Brandon Meriweather has some clout in the competition because of his two prior pro bowl appearances with the New England Patriots. But the guy who has been turning heads in training camp is 30-year-old Madieu Williams.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had this to say about Williams: "The guy is really smart. He knows the show. He is a good playmaker."

4) How bad will the offensive line be?

Starters Jammal Brown, Chris Chester and Kory Lichtensteiger are all ailing with injuries, and might be until the start of the season. It would be humongous for this team if a rookie like Adam Gettis or Josh LeRibeus impresses the coaching staff in Buffalo.

At least Redskins fans know that RGIII's blindside will be protected. Trent Williams has been a monster in practice, often stifling Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan in their tracks.

5) Kirk Cousins or Rex Grossman?

The amount of jeering that was hurled Grossman's way during camp by fans was a little disturbing. Grossman led a a depleted team -- with rookie running backs and a provisional group of wide receivers -- to six wins. That really isn't anything to be ashamed about.

Because of his experience, the job will be Grossman's to lose. Cousins, a highly debated fourth round pick, will be seeing reps with the third team tonight. The Michigan State alum has impressed with his ability to fit the football in tight windows during camp.

If "Sexy-Rexy" does float a few interceptions the way of the Bills tonight, expect 'Skins fans to clobber the 31-year-old.


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