The starters won’t suit up Thursday night when the Redskins host the Jaguars in the preseason finale; their jobs are all but secure heading into this weekend’s final roster cutdown. But there will still be plenty at stake at FedEx Field, particularly for the dozen or so players battling for the last few roster spots.
And you can catch it all on CSN. Redskins Kickoff starts at 6:30 p.m., the game begins at 7:30 and Redskins Post Game Live starts at 10:30.
Here are Tarik’s five position battles to watch:
1-Outside linebacker. Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and rookie Preston Smith are locks for the 53-man roster. That leaves Jackson Jeffcoat and Houston Bates battling for one job (if the Redskins keep four players at this position, as they did in 2014.) Jeffcoat and Bates are tied for the team lead in sacks with three. Jeffcoat also has an interception, but Bates leads the team in quarterback pressures with five.
2-Offensive tackle. Three-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams and second year player Morgan Moses are the starters. That would seem to leave Tom Compton, Ty Nsekhe and Takoby Cofield battling for two reserve jobs. Compton’s ability to play left and right tackle, as well as tight end, figures to be enough to punch his ticket to the 53.
3-Tight end. Jordan Reed and Derek Carrier, whom the team acquired via trade last month, are locks. That would appear to leave Je’Ron Hamm and D.J. Williams battling for one spot—unless, of course, GM Scot McCloughan’s plan is to scoop up a player who gets squeezed in the final cutdown elsewhere. Hamm has one reception for 23 yards in three exhibition games; Williams has played only 12 snaps and hasn’t been targeted. It’s also possible that Compton’s ability to fill in at this position will allow McCloughan to keep only two full-time tight ends in Reed and Carrier.
4-Cornerback. If the Redskins keep five as they did a year ago, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of wiggle room. DeAngelo Hall, Chris Culliver, David Amerson, Bashaud Breeland and Justin Rogers figure to be the group. The question, however, seems to be whether Deshazor Everett can force McCloughan’s hand. Everett, an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M, leads the Redskins with three special teams tackles and a forced fumble. On defense, he has six tackles, including one for a loss.
5-Inside linebacker. Perry Riley Jr., Keenan Robinson and Will Compton are locks. Rookie Martrell Spaight has an impressive stat line (13 combined tackles) and figures to be the fourth player at this position. The question is whether undrafted rookie Terrance Plummer (10 tackles and a batted pass) can force his way onto the roster. The Redskins kept five players at this position last year, but needs elsewhere could limit them to four this season.
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