THOUGHTS ON THE FINAL 53 (+ 8)

QBs: Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Pat White

Some people like, @JasonLaCanfora, predicted Pat White over Rex Grossman. Others, like @Abstract_Cool, wanted Pat White over Rex Grossman. But I don’t think anyone, anywhere, thought they’d keep them both. I’ll be honest. He seems like a good kid, and he did do some good things on the field this summer. But I’m not a Pat White fan. I think it’s a bit insulting to RG3 to say Pat White runs the read-option like RG3 does or he’d be just as effective in the pistol formation. That’s ignoring two things that make RG3 elite-his ability to actually read defenses, and his throwing ability. The only time all summer where I even remotely thought White might make the roster is when Cousins went down against Pittsburgh. So I think there are three options at play here: 1) The team is more concerned about Cousins’ injury than they’re letting on 2) They’re looking to trade White and believe they have some potential suitors (I know they spoke with the Titans, per my sources in the Smokey Mountains, I don’t know if the Titans showed any true interest), 3) They’re afraid someone is going to pick him off the waiver wire and pick his brain (keep in mind the NY Giants were one of the teams that showed a lot of interest in signing him this past spring). One final thought in all of this . It’s funny how some fans blast Kyle Shanahan for keeping Rex Grossman on the roster, saying Rex has no business being there and it’s only because he and Kyle are friends. And it should be Pat White in that 3rd QB spot…yet they don’t acknowledge that Pat White is enjoying this career resurrection in large part because of Kyle Shanahan.

RBs: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, Darrel Young

The “surprise” here I suppose is Evan Royster. In April, I thought he wouldn’t make the final roster but as we got closer to training camp and the more I thought about it. It just didn’t make sense to me that he’d be cut. Roy Helu is coming off missing nearly an entire season, and Kyle Shanahan has repeatedly said he sees him as a change of pace, not a workhorse, back. Even though he’s “3rd string” Royster is more suited to be Morris’ workhorse back-up than Helu. So yeah, pat on the back to me for saying Royster wasn’t getting cut. @Jsteelznskins stand up!!!

 

TEs: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed

As expected

 

WRs: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson

I suppose some thought there might be a 6th receiver. But when you think about it, three of our tight ends are basically wide receivers as well. It sounds as if Briscoe, had he been healthy, might have earned that 6th WR spot. I get that Raheem likes him, and that can’t hurt I suppose. I get that he has size and youth. But I don’t see what Briscoe brings to the table. He’s not super fast. His hands are suspect. I went back and looked at his “breakout” 2011 season when he had 6 TDs. There was nothing impressive about that season. Just happened to be in the end zone for a few catches. But his YAC was nothing to write home about, nor his catches/target (or whatever the metric is). Guess what I’m trying to say is I can’t believe we even considered him for a roster spot

OL: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, (Maurice Hurt-PUP)

I thought they’d find another veteran for depth. And maybe they still will, who knows. But this group is suspect once you get past the starting 5. Polumbus is probably not as bad as we all believe. But he’s still the weakest link along the line. Compton and Gettis, some have said, showed the most improvement among the players from the end of last year. While LeRibeus went in the other direction. None of them have much game day experience though. So it’s the catch 22. On the one hand, you hope they don’t see the field because they’re so raw. On the other hand, how else will they develop? The starting five started 15 regular season games together. They’ll probably need to start as many together this year.

 

DL: Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Chris Neild, Phillip Merling (Jarvis Jenkins-SUSP)

The surprise here is Phillip Merling, I suppose. Personally, I think the bigger surprise will be that we won’t  really  miss Jarvis Jenkins. We’re all upset he’s out for the first 4 games because he’s another body and he was penciled in as a starter. From what I saw this summer though, I didn’t worry that we were losing Jenkins for the first four games of the season. I worried more about Carriker being done (perhaps for good as a Redskin).

 

LB: Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, Brandon Jenkins, Darryl Tapp, Bryan Kehl, Nick Barnett (Rob Jackson-SUSP)

 Worried about this unit going into 2014. Luckily, we’re going into 2013. Orakpo healthy will make a huge difference. And I’m really intrigued by Haslett’s plans for a 6-LB “Swift” defense. I thought Darryl Tapp was going to be nothing more than a camp body. But he made a very strong transition from end to LB. And I think even if Keenan & Rob were available to start the season, the team would have been hard pressed not to give Tapp a spot on the opening day roster.

 

DB: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson, EJ Biggers, Jerome Murphy, Jordan Pugh, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty, Brandon Meriweather, Jose Gumbs

Y’all laughed when I said keep an eye on Jerome Murphy. When I said “the ‘last’ DBs on the roster you’re looking at guys who can play teams. And Murphy is a strong teams player.” Well, who’s laughing now?!! Look, in all seriousness I do like Murphy’s game. His greatest weaknesses is probably poor ball skills. We saw that this summer where he dropped a couple of seemingly easy interceptions. His effort has also been called into question at times. Though I don’t worry about that with Raheem coaching him. I don’t necessarily see him as an everyday  starter in this league, but a solid contributor. Of course, Murphy took fan favorite Chase Minnifield’s spot. In April, I didn’t think Chase would make the final roster. Largely because I wasn’t confident he was healthy. From reports, it seems his knee wasn’t as big a concern as his special teams play (I’m telling you! Don’t overlook the importance of guys who can play on teams). Kudos to anyone who even knew who Jose Gumbs was before training camp began.

 

K: Kai Forbath; P: Sav Rocca; LS: Nick Sundberg

 As expected

 

 Practice Squad: RB Jawan Jamison, DB Chase Minnifield, DT Domonique Hamilton, OT Xavier Nixon, OG Tevita Stevens, LB Will Compton, WR Lance Lewis, WR Nick Williams

 What’s most interesting to me here is the squad is comprised fully of homegrown talent. In the past, we’ve taken one or two guys from other rosters. Jamison is an ideal Mike Shanahan back. Patient, good vision, one cut and go type of back. Chase we talked about above. Will Compton attracted the attention of the likes of many including @Manny_PPI and @John_Keim. Where would we be without our University of Nebraska pipeline? I’d like to see him develop. Because I worry about our linebacker situation going into 2014 (as mentioned above). Side note, we’re signing Koa Misi in the offseason (do the math people, do the math). Lance Lewis had some bad luck against the Titans in the preseason opener, if not for that @BurgundyBlog’s guy probably would have had a better chance than Briscoe of being the 6th receiver. I like his game. He plays big, he fights for the ball, and he goes all out on teams. The team has an option on Morgan after this season. As valuable as I think Morgan is to this offense, with many other decisions to make it wouldn’t totally surprise me if they give Lewis an opportunity to take on a bigger role next year and let Morgan walk. If you don’t know what I think of Nick Williams, you haven’t been following me on Twitter for the last several months.

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