The day is finally upon us the Portland Snowhawks will play there inaugural game tonight against the Washington Redskins. This match up should be an interesting one as neither owners have faced each other before and both teams are in the middle of the pack as far as talent goes. Now to introduce the starters for the inaugural 2017 season. Offense QB- Brock Osweiler After much deliberation in the offseason and into the preseason it was thought that Phillip Rivers would continue to be the starter since he didn't retire this past season. The management group decided it was time to start developing Osweiler and give him the nod to start the season. HB- Melvin Gordon The now third year back is the obvious choice here to start the season with Javorius Allen, Fozzy Whittaker, and Rookie Tevita Carroll backing him up. There have been some trade rumors swirling around Gordon so we will see if he will be a Snowhawk for much longer. WR- Keenan Allen, Larry Fitzgerald, Stevie Johnson, Jaron Vincent, Marquise Goodwin Keenan Allen will be the anchor of the receiving group but it helps to have a Hall of Fame caliber along side him in Fitzgerald. Stevie Johnson will be our slot guy but his job could be in jeopardy if Jaron Vincent proves he can be reliable in that spot. TE- Casey Roberts and Larry Donnell Roberts and Donnell get us back to where the Chargers were to start this cycle with two very reliable pass catching TE's. I look for big things from both these guys as they will definitely be needed to step up and bail Osweiler out every now and again. T- King Dunlap and Deandre Riley Dunlap will be starting at LT and Riley on the right. Riley was the first pick the new ownership group made and has come along very nicely and will look to improve on his rookie season. Dunlap enters his 9th season and is a very solid tackle who will be responsible for protecting Brock's blindside. G- Orlando Franklin and DJ Fluker The Guards are our best offensive lineman we have. Fluker has come along very well and looks to follow in Franklins footsteps but needs to get a little better at pass blocking. Franklin is the complete guard he does it all and is the leader of the offensive line group. C- Chris Watt Mr Watt gets the start at Center after the Snowhawks failed to draft a replacement it will be interesting to see if they decide to resign Watt during the season or wait until the offseason but until then he should have a productive season. Defense DE- Will Barr and Arik Armstead Barr and Armstead are both young up and coming defensive ends that will look to make a name for themselves this year. Barr gets the start in his 2nd season after the team traded veteran Corey Liuget, as for Armstead he came over in the offseason through a trade that saw Jason Verrett head to San Francisco. It will be fun watching these two grow over this season and hopefully will be wreaking havoc on opposing QB's. DT- Danny Shelton and Devin McKay The defensive line as a groups average age is 23.25 which I would bet is the youngest starting line in the league. Shelton came over in another offseason trade with Cleveland and McKay was drafted in the 2nd round of the most recent draft. Again I am very anxious and excited to see this defensive line go to work. LB's- Jeremiah Roberson, Denzel Perryman, James Poteat Again more youth at our linebacking core with Perryman being the veteran of this group will get his first oppurtunity to start to begin his 3rd year. Poteat starts his 2nd season after having a decent rookie year 30 Tackles and 3 Sacks he looks to build on that this year. Last but not least Jeremiah Roberson who was the first pick for San Diego in the 2nd round this past draft comes in as the instant starter after shipping Jeremiah Attaochu to Pittsburgh. CB's- Brandon Flowers, Jeremy Lane, Jalen Collins, and Chris Davis With the departure of Verrett to San Francisco Brandon Flowers is going to have to step up and be the #1 CB and be the leader of this corner group. Jeremy Lane came over in the trade for Verrett and will slot in as the #2 but I wouldn't be surprised if another new comer to the squad Jalen Collins moves up the depth chart very quickly. Collins was apart of the Te'o trade with Atlanta and he is a very promising prospect who will be a staple in Portland for a long time. Davis won the #4 corner job over Steve Williams but I could see them being subbed in and out week to week depending on the WR group we are facing that week. FS/SS- Eric Weddle and Antuan Benjamin Weddle is the defensive captain and is a staple in this Snowhawk secondary. His veteran presence will help this young defense find its way this season even though he is reportedly being shopped. Benjamin another pick from the new ownerships first draft class looks to make a statement this season following his outstanding rookie season 67 Tackles 2 Forced Fumbles and 2 Interceptions. Special Teams- K Jimmy Reeves and P Drew Hopkins Reeves was an undrafted FA pick up last season who had a satisfactory season his rookie year. Hopkins is another undrafted FA pick up and will look to make the squad full time and get a contract extension at the end of the year. Season Prediction: 6-10 With the schedule we have this season, breaking in a new QB, and starting a very young defense I see 6-10 as a very good possibility. I hope everyone enjoyed this and we will keep you updated on everything Snowhawks through out the season.