The angst of roster cuts outweighs the actuality of the event.
Yes, the Redskins need to release 37 players from their 90 man roster, but the truth is, 90 percent of the players about to be cut know what’s coming.
In Washington there are really only a few roster spots up for grabs. Let’s run through the position groups.
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy
No surprises here. Kevin Hogan didn’t show nearly enough to force his way on the 53.
Running back - 4
Adrian Peterson, Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson
Perine has a fumbling problem, Jay Gruden acknowledged it after the Ravens game. But, with Peterson three years removed from a full 16-game season, the Redskins will want to keep two traditional RBs in reserve. Kapri Bibbs pushed hard for a spot, and maybe deserves one, but the team added him in November last year and believes they can find similar talent on the free agent market should Thompson get hurt. Thompson has a profile with plenty of injuries, and the ‘Skins still haven’t kept a true backup for him on their 53 in the last few years.
Offensive line - 9
Trent Williams, Shaun Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tony Bergstrom, Casey Dunn
The first seven spots are locks. Bergstrom gets in because of his ability to play center and guard. Dunn is a guess, but Washington wants another interior linemen for depth.
Tight end - 3
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
No real surprise. No JP Holtz.
Wide receiver- 6
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Trey Quinn, Brian Quick
Easily the hardest position group to predict, and much of that is because of injury questions with Harris. A preseason concussion, his second in the last year, makes this very murky. Add in the fact that the Skins only kept five wideouts to start 2017, and it’s hard to know what will happen here. Quick helps immediately on specials, and while fans might prefer undrafted rookie Cam Sims, the veteran made the team in 2017 when few expected it.
Defensive line- 6
Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Tim Settle, Matt Ioannidis, Ziggy Hood, Anthony Lanier
No surprises. Stacy McGee stays on PUP.
Outside linebacker - 5
Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Ryan Anderson, Pernell McPhee, Pete Robertson
Robertson did just enough against the Ravens to make the 53. Despite a bonehead touchback last season on a punt, Robertson helps on special teams too.
Inside linebacker - 5
Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Martrell Spaight
Tough luck for Zach Vigil. He played better than Spaight in 2017, but not down the stretch in the preseason. Almost a coin flip between the two, but Spaight is a better special teams player.
Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Adonis Alexander, Danny Johnson, Greg Stroman
After the team released Orlando Scandrick, this seemed pretty clear. Watch for Ranthony Texada to land on the practice squad.
Safety - 4
DJ Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everett, Troy Apke
Apke hasn’t impressed and the team better hope they don’t need him for more than special teams this season. Fish Smithson and Kenny Ladler showed flashes, but doesn’t seem like either make the 53.
Special teams - 3
Nick Sundberg, Tress Way, Dustin Hopkins
Last in: Pete Robertson
First out: Zach Vigil
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