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Redskins pre-draft depth chart, offense

Redskins pre-draft depth chart, offense

Just before free agency started we took a look at the depth chart as it stood then. There have been a few changes and draft talk and rumors bring up the possibility of more shifting. Here’s a look at the offensive side as it stands now.

Starters in bold

QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
Griffin is the guy here until he’s not. It looks like Cousins and McCoy will fight it out to see who will be waiting in the wings if Griffin falters or gets injured. That is, unless a QB comes in the draft, bringing up the possibility that a roster spot will need to be carved out.

RB: Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Chris Thompson, Silas Redd
Morris and Young are going into the last year of their contracts and Redd and Thompson are very much unproven. Do they go with Redd and/or Thompson to take the relief and third-down role held by the departed Roy Helu? Or do they go into what is said to be a deep pool of running backs in the draft?

WR: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant
A wide receiver could be the best available player when the No. 5 pick and we’ll have to see how things sort out if Amari Cooper or Kevin White is the selection. Barring a selection at the top, they will need to find a fifth WR elsewhere, perhaps in the latter rounds of the draft.

TE: Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen
Reed’s health is the key to this unit’s effectiveness. This seems likely to remain the same into the season unless Scot McCloughan acquires some extra picks and sees a tight end he likes. Otherwise it’s a group that they can work with this year.

OL: Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Morgan Moses, Josh LeRibeus, Tyler Larsen, Xavier Nixon
This is a copy and paste from the O-line depth chart prior to free agency; to the shock of many, there have been no additions or subtractions. It seems likely that at least one lineman will come in the draft. What remains to be see is if they take someone with a high pick with the idea of inserting him into the starting lineup sooner rather than later or if they late a mid- to late-round developmental type.

 

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.

1) His next NFL kick will be his first one

Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.

The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.

For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.

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2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways

While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.

Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.

3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job

With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.

It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.

Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.

The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.

In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it. 

Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.

As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.