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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection, offense

Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 18, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 29
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 53
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 84

Redskins roster projection—offense

The Redskins are done with their offseason program and are headed into a six-week break prior to training camp. A lot will be sorted out in Richmond but it’s not too early to project what the 53-man roster will look like when the final cuts are made on September 2.

Here is a look at the offense; we'll look at the defense here tomorrow. Changes are from the last projection prior to OTAs.

Players new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also underlined.

Quarterback (3)

Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld

Nothing is changing here. Sudfeld is progressing, albeit slowly. McCoy is the man Gruden trusts as his backup. And Cousins is the $24 million starter. All in Sharpie.  

Running backs (3)

Starter: Rob Kelley
Backups: Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson

After skipping OTAs, Matt Jones did show up at minicamp, saving himself the $80,000 he would have been fined for missing it. That didn’t change his status as the fifth-string running back. One day during minicamp he was on a knee drinking water while others were doing special teams drills. Even if there is an issue with the top three backs, Mack Brown, not Jones, would be the next man up. If they decide to go with three tight ends, Brown gets the fourth job here.  

Wide receivers (6)

Starters: Josh Doctson, Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Backups: Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, Robert Davis

Change: Grant in, Brian Quick out

Quick did not impress anyone during the offseason program, opening the door for Grant to return for a fourth season. It’s another year for a receiver who does everything but catch passes. If Quick does make it, it will be at the expense of Davis’ spot, not Grant’s. Davis has been a little slow to catch on but he likely will make enough progress to be the sixth receiver, who usually is inactive on game days.   

Tight ends (4)

Starter: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle

They have only kept three tight ends the last few years but carrying four is not unprecedented. In 2013, they drafted Reed and added him to the group that already had Paul, Logan Paulsen, and Fred Davis. Sprinkle has been slow to develop in minicamp and he will have to show progress in Richmond to make the roster.

Offensive line (9)

Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses
Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Arie Kouandjio, Chase Roullier, John Kling

Change: Kling in, Vinston Painter out

The starters are in Sharpie. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Redskins picked up a veteran center to back up long while sixth-round rookie develops on the practice squad. I have Kling edging out Painter for the other backup tackle job.

Last three on: Sprinkle, Kling, Roullier

Last three cut: RB Keith Marshall, Brown, TE Derek Carrier

Offensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of five new to the Redskins.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.