Over the past month, the Redskins’ depth chart has undergone a minor makeover as seven draft picks and more than a dozen college free agents have been welcomed into the fold. In the coming days, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will break down the revamped roster, position-by-position, and set up the key battles as OTAs ramp up.
On the roster: Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld
Likely to make the 53: Cousins, McCoy
Comment: A state of turmoil on the QB depth chart has been more the norm than the exception for the last several years but there is none of that this year. Cousins is the franchise quarterback in terms of money with his $19.95 million franchise tag salary. Now he wants to cement his status as the team’s quarterback of the present and future on the field. To do that he needs to keep his completion percentage up (69.8%, seventh-best in a single season all time) and keep his interceptions down (only three in the last 10 games).
With Cousins locked in as the starter it was a mild surprise that McCoy re-signed with the Redskins. He was a bit salty after Cousins was elevated into the starting quarterback job over Robert Griffin III because he didn’t think he got a fair shot at winning a competition he didn’t know was going on. Some thought that he might look for greener pastures elsewhere. But he likes Gruden’s offense and the team valued his presence enough to hold onto him with a three-year, $9 million contract.
Battling for a job: Sudfeld
Comment: There is a lot to like about Sudfeld and there is no question that he will be employed at Redskins Park this fall. The question is, will he be on the 53-man roster or will he be on the practice squad? If they can, they would rather keep the rookie on the practice squad and open up a spot on the 53-man roster. But they have to get him through waivers to do that. If he performs well in camp and in the preseason it might not be a risk they are willing to take. The odds slightly favor him being on the 53 this year but we will have to see how it plays out in camp.
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