I got so many good questions on Twitter and on the Real Redskins Facebook page that I decided to do a two-parter. Here's Part One from yesterday, let's get rolling to the rest of them.
@Rich_TandlerCSN what is the most exciting position battle for the #Redskins before the season starts? #RedskinsTalk
— ThePorchReport (@ThePorchReport) June 24, 2014
I think that the one that will play out in plain sight in Richmond and in the preseason games is the place kicker battle between Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker. Although Forbath has been solid on field goals in his year and a half in the NFL his kickoffs have left a lot to be desired. If Hocker can consistently boom long field goals at the Bon Secours training center and kicks off deep into the end zone he will give Forbath a run for his money. Among the "real" football players, I think there will be a lot of competition along the defensive line. I don't see any surprise cuts there at this point but they will battle it out for game day active status and playing time.
I don't see that happening to any great extent. They will let Morris do what he does best, run the football. Roy Helu and, eventually, Lache Seastrunk will catch passes. I will say that Morris probably will catch more than the nine he caught last year, perhaps enough to make the defense have to pay some attention to him. But don't look for it to become anything more than a very minor part of the offense.
@ConnorMelamed: @Rich_TandlerCSN Is there any chance Morgan Moses takes RT by week 1? #RedskinsTalk
— Michael Church (@fft5305) June 24, 2014
Let's take both of the Moses questions at once here. I think that there's a slim chance that Moses starts against the Texans but I'm looking at him being the 2015 opening day starter. As far as what Gruden says about him, well, a third-round rookie offensive lineman needs a lot of work. It's simply a fact. On top of that, I get the impression that Moses is the type of player who needs to be pushed. Many rookies, high draft picks and undrafted free agents and everyone in between, come into the NFL without a clue as to the work ethic needed to be successful in the NFL. That doesn't mean they're "lazy", it means they need to take it to another level. I don't think Gruden wanted Moses to get comfortable during OTAs and minicamp, moving him from side to side and keeping the pressure on him with, among other things, his comments to the media.
I don't see any Week 1 surprises. Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather are the odds-on favorite to start the season at free and strong safety, respectively. I'll give Phillip Thomas a 20 percent chance of pushing Meriweather to the bench; Clark is safe. As far as Week 17, man, that's a long way off. Will they be resting their starters for the playoffs? Seriously, I'd say there is an 80 percent chance that Thomas has beaten out Meriweather for the starting job by then.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Haven't heard anything about Minnifield in OTAs or Minicamp. How is he doing? #RedskinsTalk
— Derek Childress (@Poker_Donkey) June 24, 2014
He hasn't really stood out in a good or bad way. Minnifield should be fully healthy; he had to deal with both microfracture surgery and a torn ACL as a rookie in 2012. The depth chart at CB has numbers but not a lot of high quality. There will be an opportunity for him to win a job in training camp, especially if he embraces the idea of playing special teams, something he didn't have much enthusiasm for after he made the 53-man roster last year. That got him a permanent spot on the game day inactive list.
Thanks for reading, Scott! Tell your friends. And I think you're close on the O-line. I just don't see Long starting over Chester at this point in time. He might before the season is out but I think Week 1 Chester survives.