The Redskins team that Jay Gruden will coach in 2017 will be quite different from the one he had in his first season in Washington. Of the 53 players who made the 2014 Redskins coming out of training camp only 14 remain on the roster today.
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On offense, there are nine players returning. Notably, no running backs and only one wide receiver from 2014 remain.
- QB Kirk Cousins
- QB Colt McCoy
- LT Trent Williams
- LG Shawn Lauvao
- OT Morgan Moses
- OL Spencer Long
- WR Ryan Grant
- TE Jordan Reed
- TE Niles Paul
Seven of these players are virtual locks to make the roster. Two, Grant and Paul, may be pushed off by players picked in the recent draft.
It should be noted that RB Chris Thompson was on the team during training camp, waived as one of the final cuts, signed to the practice squad and activated late in the season.
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On defense, five players remain.
- OLB Ryan Kerrigan
- OLB Trent Murphy
- ILB Will Compton
- DB DeAngelo Hall
- CB Bashaud Breeland
All five are expected to be back although Hall may need to take a pay cut and he will have to fight off some competition from the draft.
Even if all 14 of the returning players make the 53-man roster, the Redskins will undergo a 74 percent turnover rate over the last three years. That is a high number, but it’s not surprising considering that in the five season from 2009-2014 the Redskins suffered double-digit losses four times and they got a new coach in Gruden in 2014 and a new GM, Scot McCloughan, in 2015.
(h/t to Twitter regular @SkinsDeacs85 for the idea for this)