QBs: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman (3)
Pat White has acquitted himself far more nicely than I thought he would. But that said, he still can’t beat out Rex Grossman, and Kirk is going to be here either until the end of his deal, or until the Redskins get a sweet heart deal with multiple picks attached. Redskins might have the best quarterback core (if that were a thing) in the league.
OL: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, Tony Pashos (9)
The starting offensive line will remain intact, and the Redskins three draft picks from last year will all make the team. That leaves Maurice Hurt as the out man, but the veteran Tony Pashos ability to possibly swing if something happens to Trent helps nudge him onto the roster.
RBs and FB: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu Jr., Keiland Williams, Chris Thompson, Darrel Young (5)
Rolling with four running backs is a risky proposition when you need depth else where. But a couple people being out and not counting against the roster for a few weeks might make it easier to make a decision to cut someone down the line. Alfred Morris is a given. Roy Helu has played his ass of this preseason and earned his way onto the roster. Keiland Williams is a good spot guy to have, and he plays teams. Chris Thompson is raw, but Shanny and Bruce had a first round grade on him and won’t let him go. And DY might be the best fullback in football.
WRs: Pierre Garçon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Lance Lewis. (6)
All the players from last year return. Lance Lewis has made some big plays in preseason. He’s a guy who’s a potential practice squad stasher, but I’m not sure he clears waivers.
TEs: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul (4)
Shanny said we’re keeping four tight ends. Logan and Niles both play teams and play a roll blocking on offense. Fred’s a legit weapon and Reed gets a “redshirt” season playing spot duty in certain packages.
DL: Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Chris Neild, Phillip Merling, Jarvis Jenkins* (6)
Jarvis Jenkins doesn’t count against the roster as he starts his four game suspension, which gives Phillips Merling some time on the roster. Barry Cofield is the most underrated player on our team and at his position, and him and Bowen make a great tandom. Ked has played pretty good this offseason, Baker can play end, and Neild is the back up nose tackle.
OLBs: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Jenkins, Rob Jackson* (4)
Rob Jackson doesn’t count against the final roster, but it’ll be interesting to see if he pushes someone else off when he comes back, because it’s sort of hard to ignore that Darryl Tapp has been balling out and has a little more versatility than Jackson does. Rak and Kerrigan are no brainers, and Brandon Jenkins has flashed as well.
ILBs: London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Bryan Kehl, Nick Barnett (4)
London’s the defensive coordinator on the field and Perry Riley is an emerging talent as JACK linebacker. Kehl looks more comfortable in his second year in the defense, and Nick Barnett adds some veteran back-up insurance.
CBs: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson, Chase Minnefield, E.J Biggers (5)
D-Hall and Josh Wilson remain entrenched as the starters. (Please stop screaming, you’re hurting my ears). Amerson comes in as the nickel outside corner, while Chase has earned his spot, and Biggers plays teams. What will be interesting will be what happens if Antoine Winfield gets cut by Seattle, if that fudges the numbers at CB a little.
SS/FS: Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, Baccari Rambo, Jordan Pugh/Tanard Jackson (4)
Rolling really thin at safety, especially given Meriweather’s health, and the need to nudge the roster a little bit here and there. Also interesting will be seeing if/when Tanard Jackson gets re-instated, if he bumps someone off the roster. The most likely guy would be Pugh, even though he’s played solid during the offseason. Which DBs stay and go is going to be really interesting to see.
STs: Kai Forbath, Sav Rocca, Nick Sundberg (3)
Kobra Kai is money. Nick Sundberg is a beast. Sav Rocca is the punter, but sort of by default.
Jawan Jamieson: Feels like they’ve been keeping him out of the game to stash him.
Nick Williams: Insert obligatory “Wes Welker” mention here.
Jose Gumbs: Has made some nice plays and hits, interesting strong safety prospect
Xavier Nixon: Solid efforts as the third string left tackle.
Thoughts, concerns on the 53-man roster prediction?