The Washington Post

Defensive line (9)


Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, James Smith-williams, Casey Toohill, Phidarian Mathis, Efe Obada, Shaka Toney, Daniel Wise

The line is still the crux of this team. Its impressive showing in 2020 faded last season, and this year it will open without star end Chase Young. He’s on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to rehab his torn ACL and will miss at least four games.

Smith-williams will be Young’s primary replacemen­t, but Washington is expected to incorporat­e more five-man fronts, making its depth, especially inside, paramount. Tim Settle and Matt Ioannidis, backup tackles who could step up on a moment’s notice, are gone, and the top reserves inside now are Mathis, a second-round pick, and Obada, who signed in March.

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