Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 26, nine days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.
—Today's schedule: Practice 11:00 at Joint Base Andrews; open to invited guests, not open to the public
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 228 days ago. It will be 18 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 24; Browns @ Redskins 38; Redskins @ Ravens 45
Other positions could squeeze numbers at linebacker
The Redskins’s 53-man roster appears to be pretty well set at one linebacker position, at least in terms of numbers. But the other area has a number of scenarios with both names and numbers.
The area that doesn’t have much mystery is outside. Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Trent Murphy are locks. Houston Bates has the inside track for the fourth and what likely will be the final OLB spot but Lynden Trail and Willie Jefferson will give him a run for his money.
On the inside, very little is that clear cut. Will Compton and Mason Foster are the starters. Martrell Spaight will stay as Compton’s backup and a possible future starter.
Beyond that there are question marks. Perry Riley has lost his starting job and he carries a cap hit slightly over $5 million. Terence Garvin is good on special teams but he probably is not a player you want doing too many snaps at linebacker.
Second round draft pick Su’a Cravens will be on the roster, of course. He has been operating mostly as an inside linebacker although defensive coordinator Joe Barry wanted him listed on the roster as an “H”, for hybrid. Cravens’ job designation really only matters to fans but it’s still one spot among the 53 that has to be accounted for. Since he has been playing inside linebacker it makes sense to count him as one.
So that makes a total of six names at inside linebacker. They could keep six but that would constrain them in the secondary, where they have half a dozen corners and five safeties worthy of roster spots.
If they go to five then either Riley or Garvin will have to go. Riley has the experience you like in a backup but the financial factors ($4 million in cap savings if he is let go) make that a tough call. Garvin is much less experienced but, at a cap hit of $750,000, he is also much more cost effective.
Tandler on Twitter
PUP a possibility for Derek Carrier, per Gruden. Will decide next week.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) August 24, 2016
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