Five things to watch for Redskins vs. Bills

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Kicking competition » Graham Gano faces competition again, but this time it's not from Shayne Graham, who looked bad even in practice, but from Neil Rackers, who has not. Gano will get the first opportunity, but this will be a four-game competition, winner take all. Gano has the stronger leg, but coaches want consistency.

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Line depth » The Redskins drafted three offensive linemen, one of whom (right guard Adam Gettis) will start because of injuries. The other two are second-stringers, left guard Josh LeRibeus and left tackle Tom Compton. Both played better the past few days in camp. Second-year left guard Maurice Hurt and right tackle Tyler Polumbus will start. Both have looked shaky.

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Jenkins' return » Second-year defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins looked terrific last summer, making plays while still learning the game. Then came his ACL injury. He hasn't looked as sharp this summer, but the coaches say he played better the past several days.

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Chris Cooley's status » As has been stated often, Cooley is not a lock to make the final roster. One Redskins source said they plan to use him a lot in the preseason, hoping to see how his knee holds up. He has never been the fastest runner, but now the Redskins might have younger and cheaper options.

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Running backs » Evan Royster did not impress that much last summer, but he's clearly one of the more improved players on the roster. He will start vs. Buffalo. Royster has the best vision of the Redskins' backs but must work on finishing plays better when it comes to balance. If he does, he'll be tough. But both he and Roy Helu need to improve in pass protection.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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John Keim

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