The Redskins now have four days of training camp under their belts. They still have a few dozen practices and four preseason games until head coach Jay Gruden and GM Scot McCloughan trim the roster down to the final 53. Here are my projections of who will end up on the roster when the dust settles on September 5 plus a look at who is just hanging on and four who are just on the wrong side of the bubble.
Quarterback (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Tom Compton, Morgan Moses, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus
Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer.
Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul
Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson
Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephan Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse
Outside linebacker (4): Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galetts, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith
Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight, Adam Hayward
Cornerback (5): Chris Culliver, DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tevin Mitchel, Justin Rogers
Safety (4): Dashon Goldson, Duke Ihenacho, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett
Specialists (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way, PK Kai Forbath
Changes from last prediction: At OLB, Galette added and moved to starter, Murphy to reserve, Trevardo Williams off; At CB, Bashaud Breeland off (suspension), Hall to starter, Justin Rogers on; At S, Ihenacho to starter, Johnson to reserve.
The numbers: 25 offense, 25 defense, 3 specialists; 16 new to the Redskins organization in 2015 including nine draft picks
Last 4 on
CB Justin Rogers—When Breeland went out injured, Rogers came in at slot corner. He played some in the slot last year so that might give him an edge over rookie Tevin Michel, who currently is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Rogers has looked OK in practice, although he might be looking over his shoulder at Kyshoen Jarrett, who may move from safety to the slot.
RB Chris Thompson—It’s so far, so good for Thompson, who has stayed on the field and has looked good with the football in his hands both running and catching passes.
DL Kedric Golston—The longest tenured Redskin will do what he has to do to keep himself on the roster. But outside factors may come into play. If there is an injury situation on either side of the ball or if there is a promising prospect that the organization believes it must keep, the decision may be made to keep six defensive linemen instead of seven. That could endanger the survival of the 32-year-old Golston.
OL Josh LeRibeus—LeRibeus was the next player the Redskins took after drafting Griffin in 2012 and, like the QB, he is in a make or break year. He has been working at center in addition to his usual guard spot to develop some flexibility. But he needs to play center well enough to convince Gruden that he is a viable option there should an injury need arise. He’s not there yet.
Four more close to the bubble: QB Colt McCoy, CB Tevin Mitchel, DL Frank Kearse, ILB Adam Hayward
Last 4 cuts
S Trenton Robinson—It’s a tough numbers game at safety with three new or nearly new players being added to the top of the depth chart in Goldson, Johnson (signed as free agents), and Ihenacho (injured most of last year). If Jarrett can pick up the slot corner spot, Robinson might be able to stick on the roster.
RB Silas Redd—If Thompson doesn’t shake his injury bug, Redd is likely to be in. Even of Thompson does stay healthy, Redd could win the job anyway. Right now Thompson has the edge because of his speed but Redd will not give up easily. Redd hasn’t done anything to stand out in camp but there is time for him to make an impression.
C Austin Reiter—If LeRibeus can’t function as a backup center then perhaps Reiter, the team’s seventh-round draft pick, can pick up guard well enough to squeeze onto the roster.
RB Trey Williams—He could be the “must-keep” prospect that bumps off someone like Golston or McCoy. The undrafted free agent has speed to burn but we will need to see if he has what it takes to survive in the NFL at 5-7, 195.
Four more just on the wrong side of the bubble: CB Trey Wolfe, NT Jerrell Powe, TE Devin Mahina, OLB Jackson Jeffcoat