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Way-too-early look at the Redskins potential 53-man roster

Way-too-early look at the Redskins potential 53-man roster

Ron Rivera took over the Redskins way back in January, and over the course of nearly six months, he's systematically changed nearly the entire organization. What does that mean for the 53-man roster?

Not as much as it did for the coaching staff or medical staff. Rivera can't overhaul an entire roster in one offseason, and frankly, wouldn't want to completely change everything the Redskins have built. There is some young talent on both sides of the ball, and plenty of players with potential. 

After carefully watching free agency and the NFL Draft unfold, and then listening to interviews with Rivera and all three coordinators - Nate Kaczor, Jack Del Rio and Scott Turner - what the Redskins 2020 roster will look like is starting to come into the picture. Real games won't start for at least another three months and nobody truly knows when practices will start. 

This is a rough outline of the group that will break camp and form the Week 1 roster. This is fluid, as injuries will pop up and perhaps more signings or trades too. The biggest question on offense - assuming Washington doesn't add another quarterback and that Alex Smith does not come back for a roster spot - is if the Redskins keep 10 offensive linemen or five running backs. Without a third QB, they have some roster flexibility on offense. 

Again, rough outline, but with lots of context and methodology. Let's go. 

QB
Dwayne Haskins
Kyle Allen
Note: This is obvious. 

RB
Adrian Peterson
Derrius Guice
JD McKissic
Antonio Gibson
Note: Health will determine much of this battle but the people that don’t see Peterson as a part of this race are misguided. He’s on this team. Peyton Barber will be interesting but he’s a plodder that averaged 3.1 yards-per-carry last year. As for Bryce Love, until he’s actually on a practice field - not a side field - the new Redskins brass won’t count on him. They have roster options to keep him on the PUP or IR too. It's also quite possible the Redskins keep five running backs and include a fullback, or that Barber takes a fifth RB spot. 

WR
Terry McLaurin
Kelvin Harmon
Steven Sims
Antonio Gandy-Golden
WRX
Isaiah Wright
Note: The Redskins will start the season with a veteran wide receiver on their roster. It may or may not be Cody Latimer, but they’ll have somebody with more than two years of NFL experience. 5th and 6th WR spot are probably the most wide-open spots on the offense, and I picked Wright because an undrafted WR has made the Redskins final roster each of the last two seasons and special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor went out of his way to highlight the former Temple player. Trey Quinn still has a shot unless WRX is a slot guy or Gibson proves a viable slot threat. Somebody has to back up Sims. If WRX is a slot guy then maybe this goes to Cam Sims. 

TE
Logan Thomas
Thaddeus Moss
Jeremy Sprinkle
Note: If Richard Rodgers gets through whatever version of training camp occurs he could make the roster. He has to prove some durability. Jeremy Sprinkle is the incumbent here but his salary cap number jumps to more than $2 million this year. Hale Hentges counts less than $700,000. For a team that has been piling up cap space throughout the 2020 offseason, things like that will matter. It’s also important to note that when Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner talked about the tight end spot, he specifically mentioned Sprinkle, not Hentges. 

OL
Morgan Moses
Brandon Scherff
Chase Roullier
Wes Martin
Corneilius Lucas
Saahdiq Charles
Wes Schweitzer
Keith Ismael
Geron Christian
Ross Pierschbacher
Note: This is very fluid. Christian needs to show more upper body strength whenever players get back on the field. The Redskins loaded up on cheap veteran tackles but none look overwhelming to make the roster. If Ismael can play he could probably squeeze ross Pierschbacher off the 53 and allow Washington to keep five running backs. Stay tuned. 

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DL
Daron Payne
Jonathan Allen
Matt Ioannidis
Tim Settle
Caleb Brantley
Note: Best group on the team.

DE
Ryan Kerrigan
Chase Young
Montez Sweat
Ryan Anderson
Note: Some questions where Anderson ends up playing, but asked about the linebacker/defensive end, Jack Del Rio sure talked about the former Alabama captain like a pass rusher. By year's end this could be the best group on the team, and probably needs to be. 

LB
Thomas Davis
Cole Holcomb
Jon Bostic
Kevin Pierre-Louis
Shaun Dion Hamilton
Khaleke Hudson
Note: If Reuben Foster can get back on the field, he will make the team. That's just such an unknown though. Jack Del Rio got asked about Foster and said while he's engaged in offseason Zoom meetings the organization is still waiting to see if he can get medically cleared. Otherwise, this group looks close to set. Del Rio didn't even mention Josh Harvey-Clemmons in a press conference when he talked about his linebacker group. Rookie Khaleke Hudson is undersized and could be converted to safety, but he looks to be primarily a special teams player and the organization might have a better roster situation at linebacker if Foster doesn't come back. 

CB
Kendall Fuller
Jimmy Moreland
Ronald Darby
Fabian Moreau
Aaron Colvin
Greg Stroman
Note: Maybe Danny Johnson pushes for a spot? Maybe there is a veteran free agent corner still to be signed? One other thing to watch - Moreland seems a natural fit at slot corner, but so does Fuller. Maybe the Redskins brass expects Fuller to play much more outside cornerback than the outside world.

Safety
Sean Davis
Landon Collins
Troy Apke
Deshazor Everett
Note: Seems pretty obvious here too. 

Specialists
LS - Nick Sundberg
K - Dustin Hopkins 
P - Tress Way

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At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, a spokesman for Herschend Entertainment said the company would "love" for the Redskins or NFL to call about buying the rights to the Washington Generals name.

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The Generals are the frequent opponent of the Globetrotters, almost always on the losing end of the fun basketball competition. Herschend Entertainment owns trademarks for both the Generals and Globetrotters.

“We think that the Globetrotters are right up there as the most liked team in the world with Manchester United and the New York Yankees,” Brett Meister, the spokesman, said. “Our heritage includes the Washington Generals.”

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