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Examining 2018 roster turnover

The Redskins went 7-9 last year. They know that they need to make improvements in places but there also is some thought that a lot of their problems were due to having the worst injury problems in the NFL.

So they have to bring in some new players if only to replace the ones who have moved on in free agency. How much roster turnover will there be? Let’s take a look.

Out of the 53 players who made the initial 53-man roster last year, these eight players will not be back:

  • QB Kirk Cousins (signed with Vikings)
  • RB Mack Brown (released during season, signed with Vikings)
  • WR Terrelle Pryor (signed with Jets)
  • WR Ryan Grant (signed with Colts)
  • TE Niles Paul (signed with Jaguars)
  • OL Spencer Long (signed with Jets)
  • CB Kendall Fuller (traded to Chiefs)
  • S Stephan McClure (cut during season, signed with Lions)

In addition, these four players are unsigned free agents who seem unlikely to return:

  • OL Shawn Lauvao
  • OLB Junior Galette
  • CB Bashaud Breeland
  • OLB Chris Carter

The prospects of ILB Will Compton are less certain. He has had visits to other teams and his return seems unlikely but he is a little more up in the air than the other three unsigned players.

So at least 12 roster spots will turn over from the start of the 2017 season and possibly as many as 13. That is just counting the ones who are departing for “business” reasons. There are other players who could be departing for football reasons. The following players who were part of last year’s initial roster are currently on the roster entering the 2018 offseason program on the bubble due to players already acquired or players they could still acquire in free agency and the draft:

  • RB Rob Kelley
  • WR Brian Quick
  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OT T.J. Clemmings
  • DL Terrell McClain
  • DL Ziggy Hood
  • ILB Martrell Spaight

Certainly, there could be others who will be in jeopardy as the lead up to the season unfolds. For right now, let’s say that three of these bubble players stay and three of them go. That would mean a turnover of 15 to 16 roster spots from the Week 1 2017 roster. On that roster, there were 21 players who were not on the roster to start the 2016 season. So perhaps the turnover rate will be lower but we will have to see how it plays out.

It should be noted that putting a percentage on roster turnover is muddled by the rash of injuries the Redskins suffered last year. Of the 53 from Week 1 last year, 12 were on injured reserve by the time the season was over. There also were 12 players on the Week 17 roster who were not on the Week 1 roster. Some of those players, like WR Maurice Harris, who was on the practice squad, and RB Kapri Bibbs, who was signed during the season, have a chance to stick. Others like DeAngelo Hall, who came off of the PUP list for the last nine games of the season, are unlikely to return.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 20
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 121
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 166

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