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Way too early 2014 Redskins 53-man roster projection

Way too early 2014 Redskins 53-man roster projection

Here in what will become an annual Monday after the draft tradition (unless everyone hates it, in which case I won’t do it again) here is my way too early projection of the Redskins’ final 53-man roster.

Starters in bold


Quarterback (2): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins

—I wouldn’t rule out a training camp trade of Cousins to a team that suffers an injury to its QB but in any case it will be either Cousins or Colt McCoy on the roster, not both.

Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Spencer Long

—Moses may not be able to beat out Tyler Polumbus by the time the season starts; if he can’t, Compton is probably gone.

Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Ryan Grant

—Hankerson’s status is iffy due to his ACL injury; starting out the year on the PUP list is not out of the question for the fourth-year receiver. That could open the door for Aldrick Robinson to make the 53 or perhaps, if he has a strong offseason and training camp, David Gettis.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul

—Seventh-round pick Ted Bolser has a shot but he’s going to have to be very, very good on special teams to justify a fourth tight end.

Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Lache Seastrunk

—Chris Thompson will have to make a very strong case and stay healthy if he’s going to make a run at a roster spot.


Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Chris Baker, Barry Cofield, Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Clifton Geathers

—The Redskins didn’t add anyone in the draft so the status quo reigns here. With Baker and Geathers both able to back up Cofield at nose tackle it doesn’t look like there’s a spot for Chris Neild.

Outside linebacker (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Rob Jackson

—Last year they were saying that fifth-round pick Brandon Jenkins would have been a first-round pick if he was healthy for his senior year but he could barely get on the field last year even on special teams. He could fall victim to being one of “their” draft picks.

Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Akeem Jordan, Adam Hayward, Darryl Sharpton

—The team would very much like to have Robinson take over London Fletcher’s job in the middle. It might end up being handled by committee and that and special teams are why five inside linebackers should stick.

Cornerback (5): DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, Richard Crawford, Bashaud Breeland

—This would push E. J. Biggers and Chase Minnifield off of the 53. This is dependent on Crawford being healthy and being designated as the punt returner.

Safety (4): Ryan Clark, Phillip Thomas, Brandon Meriweather, Jose Gumbs

—It may be too early to move Thomas into the starting role but if it doesn’t happen by the time the Sept. 7 opener rolls by it should happen at some point during the season. Rambo gets caught in a numbers game with Gumbs staying around because he’ll play special teams.

Specialists (4): LS Nick Sundberg, P Robert Malone, PK Kai Forbath, KO Zach Hocker

—I’m not sure if the punter is on the roster yet but Malone has it by default for now. I think that Hocker sticks around as a kickoff specialist at the outset of the seasons assuming that the team is mostly healthy. If injuries squeeze the 53-man roster as the season goes on they may have to choose between the two.


  • Offense—24
  • Defense—25
  • Specialists—4

New to organization since last year: 19 (8 offense, 9 defense, 2 specialists) (7 draft picks, 12 free agents)

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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