Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 15, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice, approx. 2 p.m.
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 9
—Redskins @ Giants (12/17) 16
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 132
Redskins 2018 depth chart—offense
The one constant at Redskins Park is change. What will the Redskins’ depth chart look like in Week 1 in 2018? I’ll take a look into the crystal ball at the offense today; look for the defense sometime in the next few days.
Starter: Colt McCoy
Backup: Baker Mayfield (draft)
This could go in a lot of different directions. It’s certainly possible that Kirk Cousins will be back but I have a hard time seeing either a long-term deal or the Redskins biting the bullet on the $35 million franchise tag. Certainly, they could sign another veteran free agent as a placeholder and they could draft a different quarterback. But I think the veteran and early draft pick is the model.
Starter: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley
I think that there should be an upgrade here and perhaps if the right player falls into their lap in the draft they will jump. But history tells us they don’t value the position enough to invest a high pick or significant free agent dollars. If they don’t acquire anyone, it’s the status quo. It could work out if Perine takes the next step and Kelley stays healthy.
Starter: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle
Reed will be back to give it another go in 2018. The question mark here is Paul, who is a free agent. It’s more likely than not that he’ll be back.
Starters: Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant
Backups: Michael Gallup, Robert Davis, Brian Quick
Gallup is a productive receiver out of Colorado State who should be available in the second and maybe the third round. It may not be Gallup but I do think that the Redskins have to take a receiver sometime in their first 100 picks and start getting him in the system. That receiver eventually will push Grant back into being a backup. It’s also possible for Davis to develop enough to be the short-term starter.
Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Spencer Long, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses
Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Kalis, 1-2 free agents and draft picks
Roullier was playing well for Long at center before the rookie himself went on the injury list. If he resumes his solid play when he returns, the plan may be to keep him at center and re-sign Long, who is an unrestricted free agent, to play left guard.
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