Final 2018 Washington Redskins' 53-man roster projection
Projecting Redskins' 2018 53-man roster
OTAs, minicamp, training camp, and the preseason games are in the rearview mirror. The 90 players on the Redskins roster have had their chances to show that they belong on the final 53-man roster. The deadline for the team to make the decisions is Saturday at 4 p.m.
Here is my final roster projection. Changes listed are from the second roster projection done on August 25.
Alex Smith and Colt McCoy
Kevin Hogan needed to have a great preseason to make the 53-man roster, to become anything other than a camp arm. He had some good moments against the Jets and Broncos and he was up and down in Baltimore. The bottom line was that he didn’t hit enough high notes to make the team.
Running backs (4)
Rob Kelley, Adrian Peterson, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson
If the NFL allowed teams to carry 55 players I think the Redskins could find some room for Kapri Bibbs. But they don’t. Even though the problems that Samaje Perine has with ball security creates some doubt, I’m not going to overthink this one. This is the conventional wisdom and it should prevail.
Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Brian Quick, Trey Quinn
Changes: Quick in, Cam Sims out
The Redskins going with five receivers like they did last year is not out of the question if they get a fullback or an additional offensive lineman. If they go with six, this is my guess. I know many will scream that they can’t cut Sims, but his resume consists of some splash plays in a couple of games and it has some low points on it. Also, there is some mystery surrounding the health of Harris, who did not play at all in the final three preseason games, but he should be safe.
Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
There has been a lot of talk about J.P. Holtz making the roster to play fullback. But if they think they need a fullback they probably will just claim or sign an actual fullback.
Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom
This is how it has looked since the start of training camp. That might be a good thing except that the lower part of the depth chart needed challengers, and none materialized. The roster going into the Cardinals game might have one or two O-linemen who aren’t on the roster now.
Update: After publishing this projection, I became aware of an injury to Catalina that could have him on injured reserve or perhaps released. My ninth offensive lineman will be Casey Dunn.
Defensive line (6)
Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, Ziggy Hood
Note: Stacy McGee is likely to start season on the PUP list.
Phil Taylor made a late push to make the roster, but they just don’t need three nose tackles. The tough decision will come when McGee is ready to come off of PUP.
Outside linebacker (5)
Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Ryan Anderson, Pernell McPhee, Pete Robertson
I think they will keep 10 linebackers, but I don’t know which 10. Robertson impressed early in training camp but despite the sack he posted against the Ravens his preseason was less than impressive. I’ll stick with him for this prediction, but it wouldn’t take much to push him to the other side of the bubble.
Inside linebacker (5)
Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Shaun Dion Hamilton
Changes: Spaight in, Zach Vigil out
Vigil had some chances to wrap up a roster spot, but he did not take advantage. There is a possibility that they will keep Vigil, who is good on special teams, instead of Robertson.
Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Adonis Alexander, Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson
Maybe Stroman should be on the bubble with his spotty preseason performances. But nobody has stepped up to challenge him. Don’t dismiss the possibility of them bringing in another cornerback but the value of the position is such that quality is rarely available.
D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everett, Troy Apke
Against the Ravens, Apke again showed that the Redskins would be very nervous if he had to play safety in a game that counted. His tackling and other fundamentals need some work. But even if his fourth-round status didn’t make him a near lock, no other safety has made a strong enough case to warrant a roster spot.
K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way, LS Nick Sundberg
No competition here, the same group for the fourth straight season.