Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 11, 45 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Five Redskins backups who could start games in 2018

As we found out last year during the Redskins’ injury-ravaged season, a backup has to be ready to start at any time. Some backups are more likely to start than others and here is a look at five players who have the best chances of stepping into the starting lineup. 

WR Trey Quinn—This is two projections in one. First, it says Quinn will emerge as the top wide receiver option off of the bench. It’s far from certain that this will be the case but, handicapping the field right now, Quinn is a slight favorite. Also, will a receiver miss a start? Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson both played 16 games last year and Jamison Crowder missed just one. But Doctson and Richardson both have injury histories and the chances are good that one of them will miss a game or two.

OT Ty Nsekhe—Trent Williams has not played 16 games in a season since 2013, missing time due to injuries every year but 2016, when he was suspended for four games. It seems inevitable that he will at least miss a start or two, forcing Nsekhe into action. And even if Williams starts 16, Morgan Moses has played through some injuries only because Nsekhe was playing in Williams’ spot. He might be in need of a game off during the season.


G Tony Bergstrom—The Week 1 interior offensive line missed a combined 18 games and center Chase Roullier, who took over after Spencer Long went on injured reserve, missed three. As of now, Bergstrom, who started those three games in place of Roullier last year, is the top backup option at all three interior line spots. If that holds, Bergstrom getting a start will be a matter of when not if. 

ILB Zach Vigil—Although Josh Harvey-Clemons has been lining up with the starters with Zach Brown missing the OTA sessions open to the media, I’m skeptical of the prospects of Harvey-Clemons being the first inside linebacker off the bench when games start counting. That should be Vigil, who did a good job filling in late last year when injuries took out the top three on the depth chart. 

S Deshazor Everett— I pondered putting Troy Apke in here as the backup safety but during OTAs he showed that he has a lot to learn, too much to move past Everett on the depth chart this season. The Redskins sure hope to get 16 games out of Montae Nicholson this year but it would be surprising if he doesn’t miss a handful. Everett played well in the seven games he started. And while he struggled a bit against the run, he didn’t make many big errors against the pass. 

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Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 1
—Training camp starts (7/26) 45
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 59

The Redskins last played a game 162 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 90 days. 

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