The Redskins added 10 new players last weekend via the NFL Draft. The rookies will soon be in Ashburn for rookie minicamp, and not long after, full minicamp with the entire team.
Training camp isn't for three months and roster cuts won't happen until September, still, the outline of a newly shaped Redskins roster is starting to appear. Below is a projection of how that could look.
Note: The addition of Haskins with the 15th overall pick means Washington will either roll with three QBs on the roster, or Jay Gruden will have to release one of his veteran passers. Haskins isn't going anywhere. Alex Smith will spend the season on the injured reserve list.
Running Back (3)
Note: The Redskins just spent a fourth-round draft pick on Stanford RB Bryce Love, but he will open the season on the PUP list. Gruden talked about Perine's potential during the NFL League Meetings, but with three QBs on the roster, the team can't carry four RBs. That means Perine gets cut. Byron Marshall too.
Tight End (3)
Note: This one is simple economics. Vernon Davis is widely liked at Redskins Park, but he stands to count more than $6 million against the salary cap this season and has no guaranteed money. A post-June 1 cut would save Washington nearly $5 million in cap space. If the Redskins and Davis agree to a restructured deal, this could change quickly, as the 35-year-old still has elite speed. This was one position that the Redskins did not address in the draft, which was a bit of a surprise.
Wide receiver (6)
Note: Probably the toughest position groups to predict. The Redskins just drafted McLaurin and Harmon, so they get the last two spots over guys like Darvin Kidsy and Robert Davis. Sims is no sure thing for the roster either, and don't forget special teams ace Jehu Chesson. McLaurin is expected to be a special teams star, which will hurt Chesson's chances of sticking around. Injuries will play a big role with this group, and Washington will soon have to make a decision on 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson's fifth-year contract option. If they choose not to keep him for a fifth year, is there any chance they might choose not to keep him for a fourth year?
Offensive line (9)
Note: Predicting offensive line depth is a tricky business. Washington added Martin and Pierschbacher in the draft, so expect both to have a good chance at a roster spot. Flowers was a free agent addition that the team might try to convert to guard. All three of those players have positional versatility. Pierschbacher also allows the 'Skins to have a backup center without dedicating a roster spot as he can play both guard spots too.
Defensive line (6)
Note: The best unit on the Redskins. The top four players are locked in and Brantley probably is too. If Washington finds a veteran D-lineman available they like this summer, Wicker's roster spot is anything but firm.
Outside linebackers (5)
Note: Sweat is the key addition but the group still lacks real depth. Gruden talks about McKinzy every chance he gets, so for an April projection, he makes the roster. Watch for a veteran addition as the season gets closer. Brailford, the Redskins last pick of the 2019 Draft, will get a shot if he can make plays in camp and preseason.
Inside linebackers (5)
Shaun Dion Hamilton
Note: All eyes will be on Reuben Foster, on and off the field. Holcomb, the rookie from North Carolina, has a good chance at making the roster if his speed translates to the NFL.
Note: This will be a very hard group to figure out until training camp. The Redskins signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency, and if he's committed to football, the veteran could take over as the top slot cornerback. But last year, he walked away from the Raiders after seven games and many in football thought the 11-year veteran was retired. Rodgers-Cromartie needs to prove he wants to be on the field, but with his versatility, he could certainly make the team. Moreland making the team over Josh Holsey and Danny Johnson might seem like a stretch, but Holsey is working back from a major knee injury and Johnson seemed to regress as 2018 wore on. Call it a hunch with the small school Moreland; he just seems to have the edge needed to play corner in the NFL. One more thing to keep track off: The Redskins could release Josh Norman with a post-June 1 designation and save $8.5 million on the cap. It doesn't seem likely, but it's something to keep in mind.
Note: The Redskins only have four safeties on the current roster, so this is an easy projection. Personal questions linger for Nicholson, and the team isn't providing any answers. Apke provided little as a rookie and dealt with injuries. Collins is obviously the big name here, but the job playing next to him appears wide open. Everett has made plays when he gets chances with the defense, but largely just contributes in special teams roles. I'm not sure why. One name to keep in mind, undrafted rookie JoJo McIntosh. Played college ball at Washington and was a favorite of Mel Kiper. An undrafted guy makes the roster almost every year, he could be the 2019 version.
Special teams (3)
Note: Sundberg had back surgery late last year but is on track in his recovery.
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