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Examining the big picture—the Redskins' 90-man, pre-camp depth chart

Examining the big picture—the Redskins' 90-man, pre-camp depth chart

The Redskins have started their seven-week break before starting up training camp in Richmond on July 30, five weeks from today. Tarik and I are in the process of parsing the Redskins position by position to see where things stand before they head down I-95. That's the micro picture; I figured it might be a good idea to look at the macro, the team's entire depth chart as it currently stands.

The team has 43 offensive players, 43 defensive players and four specialists for a total of the offseason limit of 90. They will have to release 37 players by Sept. 5.

Players in bold are starters. The players below the dotted line are undrafted players and other long shots. Those players are listed in no particular order.

This chart is based on my best evaluation as of right now. If you have a different opinion as to how they should be stacked up, please let me know in the comments.

Offense (43)

Tackle (8)
Trent Williams
Brandon Scherff

Tom Compton
Morgan Moses
Willie Smith
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Bryce Quigley
Takoby Cofield
Ty Nsekhe

Guard (4)
Spencer Long
Shawn Lauvao

Josh LeRibeus
Arie Kouandjio

Center (3)
Kory Lichtensteiger
Austin Reiter
Tyler Larsen

Wide receiver (11)
Pierre Garçon
DeSean Jackson

Andre Roberts
Ryan Grant
Jamison Crowder
Evan Spencer
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Colin Lockett
Rashad Ross
Reggie Bell
Tony Jones
Quinton Dunbar

Tight End (6)
Jordan Reed

Niles Paul
Loan Paulsen
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Chase Dixon
Je’Ron Hamm
Devin Mahina

Quarterback (3)
Robert Griffin III
Kirk Cousins
Colt McCoy

Running back (8)
Alfred Morris
Darrel Young (FB)
Matt Jones
Chris Thompson
Silas Redd
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Michael Hill
Trey Williams
Jordan Campbell (FB)

Defense (43)

End (8)
Jason Hatcher
Stephen Paea
Chris Baker
Ricky Jean Francois
Frank Kearse
Kedric Golston
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Robert Thomas
Corey Crawford

Nose tackle (3)
Terrance Knighton
Jerrell Powe
Travian Robertson

Outside linebacker (6)
Ryan Kerrigan
Trent Murphy
Preston Smith
Trevardo Williams
Jackson Jeffcoat
Houston Bates

Inside linebacker (10)
Keenan Robinson
Perry Riley

Will Compton
Adam Hayward
Martrell Spaight
Alonzo Highsmith
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Dayshawn Davis
Ja’Gared Davis
Terrance Plummer
Dasman MacCallum

Cornerback (8)
Chris Culliver
Bashaud Breeland
David Amerson
DeAngelo Hall
Tevin Mitchel
Justin Rogers
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Trey Wolfe
Tajh Hasson

Safety (8)
Dashon Goldson
Duke Ihenacho
Jeron Johnson
Trenton Robinson
Kyshoen Jarrett
Akeem Davis
Phillip Thomas
Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith

Specialists (4)

Kicker (2)
Kai Forbath
Ty Long

Punter (1)
Tress Way

Long snapper (1)
Nick Sundberg

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2018 NFL Draft order has Redskins pick nearing top ten as losses stockpile

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2018 NFL Draft order has Redskins pick nearing top ten as losses stockpile

LOS ANGELES — Some years, the December talk is of playoff tiebreakers.

Other years, it’s about draft position.

This is one of those “other” years.

The Redskins’ current skid of four losses in their last five games has knocked them out of playoff contention but into more favorable position in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is scheduled to take place in late April.

The Redskins' record is 5-8 through Week 14,  and if the season ended today, Washington would be picking either 11th or 12th in the first round.

Here’s the big picture: As of Monday, there are eight teams that have fewer wins than Washington. All of them would be picking ahead of the Redskins. 

The Bengals and Jets also have eight losses so the one and only draft order tiebreaker would be applied.

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This does not work out well for the Redskins.

The NFL Draft tiebreaker is strength of schedule with the teams with the weaker schedules getting the better picks. I am sure you have heard about how tough a schedule the Redskins have all year long. It was a point of pride for many fans. But now it comes back to bite them.

The Jets (opponents winning percentage .488) and the Bengals (.444) have faced weaker schedules than the Redskins (.574). That pushes Washington back to 11th.

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But there is a Week 14 game pending. The Dolphins, who have seven losses, play the Patriots on Monday Night Football. If they lose and join the eight-loss group, they would jump ahead of the Redskins based on the SOS tiebreaker, pushing Washington back to 12th.

Of course, the season doesn’t end today and a lot can happen.

But if the bottom doesn’t completely fall out it seems likely that they will end up somewhere between 10th and 12th in the first round.

We will be looking at what that might mean for the Redskins in the coming days and weeks as the offseason comes early for the Redskins one more time.

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NFL Playoff Picture: NFC bracket projection starting to come into focus

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NFL Playoff Picture: NFC bracket projection starting to come into focus

The NFC Playoff picture is no clearer in Week 14 than it was in Week 8.

Throughout the 2017-18 NFL season, the NFC in particular has been a gauntlet. So much of a gauntlet that one of the league’s best in the past five years, the Seattle Seahawks, sit outside of the postseason with an 8-5 record.

As of the conclusion of Week 14’s action, only the Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) have locked up a postseason spot.

The Eagles claimed the NFC East for the first time since 2013 with a win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The will clinch a first round bye with a win and losses by the Saints and the Panthers this weekend.

The Minnesota Vikings (10-3) with their loss remains second in the conference, still within striking range over the overall No. 1 seed.

With losses to the two teams ahead of them, the Rams (9-4) have a tough hill to climb to claim a first-round bye, but first they need to get back in the win column.

For the WildCard berths there was a wrench thrown into many teams plans with the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) defeating the New Orleans Saints (9-4) on Thursday night. Atlanta owns a tiebreaker over pretty much every team chasing them for the final playoff spot.

For the five remaining unclaimed spots in the postseason, 10 teams are still alive.

After Week 15 though, that number could dwindle down significantly.

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NFC Playoff Picture Week 15

NFC PLAYOFF BRACKET PROJECTION:
— #1 Philadelphia Eagles* (11-2) vs. BYE
— #2 Minnesota Vikings (10-3) vs. BYE
— #3 Los Angeles Rams (9-4) vs. #6 Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
— #4 New Orleans Saints (9-4) vs. #5 Carolina Panthers (9-4)

NFC TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT:
— Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
— Detroit Lions (7-6)
— Green Bay Packers (7-6)
— Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
— Arizona Cardinals (6-7)

NFC TEAMS ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF PICTURE:
— Washington Redskins (5-8)
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)
— Chicago Bears (4-9)
— San Francisco 49ers (3-10)
— New York Giants (2-11)

SEEDING NOTES:
— Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, Panthers.
— Vikings own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, Saints, and Falcons.
— Saints own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Panthers.
— Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints.
— Panthers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings.

WILD CARD NOTES:
— Panthers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lions.
— Falcons own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lions, Packers, Cowboys, and Seahawks.
— Lions own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinals.
— Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Seahawks, Cowboys.
— Cowboys own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinals.

Week 15 NFC Games With Playoff Implications:

Sat., Dec 16: Bears at Lions (4:30 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Bengals at Vikings (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Jets at Saints (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Eagles at Giants (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Cardinals at Redskins (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Panthers at Packers (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Rams at Seahawks (4:05 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 17: Cowboys at Raiders (8:30 p.m.)
Mon., Dec 18: Falcons at Buccaneers (8:30 p.m.)