RICHMOND—The Redskins opened their preseason in Cleveland on Thursday and both injuries and performances in that game shuffled the 53-man roster with just three weeks to go until cutdown day on September 5.
Here are my projections of who will end up on the roster when the dust settles and the team heads into Week 1 plus a look at who is just hanging on and four who are just on the wrong side of the bubble. I’ve added some comments as needed.
Quarterback (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
I’ll take the projection here a step further and say that Cousins will be the active No. 2 QB for Week 1.
Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, Willie Smith
Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer.
Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon
I’m going with players who are on the roster as of right now; obviously this could change at any time.
Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson
This firmed up after Silas Redd was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephan Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse
Outside linebacker (4): Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith
Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight, Adam Hayward
Cornerback (4): Chris Culliver, DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Justin Rogers
Bashaud Breeland will not be on Week 1 roster due to NFL suspension so he is not listed here.
Safety (5): Dashon Goldson, Duke Ihenacho, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett, Trenton Robinson
Specialists (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way, PK Kai Forbath
The numbers: 25 offense, 25 defense, 3 specialists; 16 new to the Redskins organization in 2015 including eight draft picks (both Hamm and Dixon spent time on the Redskins’ practice squad last year so they do not count as new to the organization.
Last 4 on
CB Justin Rogers—Breeland’s one-game suspension opens the door for Rogers to get another NFL game check and perhaps get a chance to establish himself as a legitimate slot corner. But unless he improves his play he will be the 53rd player on the roster in Week 1 and gone in Week 2.
TE Je’Ron Hamm—With Paul and Paulsen both out he has a job for now. But he easily could be knocked off if the team sees another possible solution on the waiver wire.
TE Chase Dixon—See Hamm from above.
S Trenton Robinson—If Rogers performs well for the rest of camp and preseason games, Robinson could be the odd man out when Breeland returns. He is solid on special teams so that helps.
Four more close to the bubble: OL Willie Smith, OL Tom Compton, DL Kedric Golston, RB Chris Thompson
Last 4 cuts
OL Josh LeRibeus—He has been working as the backup center but against the Texans in the joint practices and in the preseason opener against the Browns he showed that he has a long way to go. The team won’t take long to seek another solution if he doesn’t catch on soon.
WR Rashad Ross—He can play some as he showed Thursday in Cleveland. But the numbers at wide receiver just don’t work for him. They are unlikely to keep more than six and I can’t see Ross beating out any of the guys who are in.
OT Takoby Cofield—The team paid him the maximum signing bonus for an undrafted free agent so they thought highly of him coming out of Duke. He has had a good camp and if he has a good preseason Cofield could make a case for a spot on the 53. For now, he appears to be practice squad material.
RB Trey Williams—The diminutive back had some problems navigating against the big bodies in live action in Cleveland. If he can get it figured out in a hurry some long runs in the next few preseason games could make the team have to think real hard about keeping him around.
Four more just on the wrong side of the bubble: OL Austin Reiter, NT Jerrell Powe, TE Devin Mahina, OL Ty Larsen