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In-depth chart: Receivers and tight ends

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In-depth chart: Receivers and tight ends

The Redskins 90-man offseason roster is set, at least for the time being. Its time to take a look at who they have, who will start, and who will be around when the Sept. 9 opener in New Orleans rolls around.Weve looked the the offensive backs and line. Today the wide receivers and tight ends go under the microscope.Wide receiverStarters:Pierre Garon, Leonard Hankerson
Reserves: Josh Morgan
Fighting for a job: Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks, Aldrick Robinson, Lance Lewis, Darius Hanks, Brian HernandezWhen Mike Shanahan was asked last week who his top receivers were he rattled off Garon, Hankerson, and Morgan. The Redskins paid a lot-overpaid, some would say-to bring in Morgan from the 49ers and Garon from the Colts. Hankerson was developing into a solid option when he got injured last year.Moss is probably safe but he still has to compete. He is scheduled to make 2.65 million this year and thats a lot for the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart. But he does know the offense well and he could be of great help in breaking in rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.Armstrongs production fell off a cliff last year after a promising rookie year in 2010. Austin has had some opportunities, but not many, to show that he deserves to stick around. Banks may have to show that he can contribute from scrimmage in addition to his kick return duties if he is going to see a third season in Washington.It would not be surprising to see Lewis make a run at a spot on the 53-man roster; his talent has been compared to that of Brandon Lloyd. Hanks didnt see much action in the passing game at Alabama so he will have to show that he can be productive in an NFL offense.Jabar Gaffney, last year's leading receiver, was released on May 1.Tight endStarter: Fred Davis
Reserve: Niles Paul, Chris Cooley
Fighting for a job: Logan Paulsen, Richard Quinn, Beau RelifordA good tight end can be a young quarterbacks best friend and the Redskins hope that Davis will fill that role for Griffin. He was one of the bright spots in a dreary offense last year until he was suspended for the final four games.Cooley could well be put into the fighting for a job category as his 3.8 million salary is hefty for a player who wont start. But Cooley, like Moss, could be kept around as an expensive luxury who could help Griffin get his feet under him. He will need to demonstrate that his knee is sound, making the offseason program key for him.It remains to be seen how well Paul will covert from wide receiver to tight end but they probably didnt move him there with the idea of cutting him. Its going to be very tough to keep four tight ends on the roster so Paulsen is going to be challenged to make it despite the fact that hes the best blocking tight end on the roster.

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New set of injuries leaves Redskins offensive depth chart in shambles

New set of injuries leaves Redskins offensive depth chart in shambles

At the onset of the 2018 NFL season, few expected Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed to be among the most healthy players on the Redskins.

Both players dealt with injuries in their early careers, and had spotty training camp attendance in Richmond. And yet, 12 games into a season littered with other offensive injuries, Reed and Doctson had been largely healthy. 

That changed in Sunday's thumping from the Giants. Reed strained his big toe, and might not return this season. It's particularly alarming to hear of as he had surgery on both feet last offseason. Doctson landed in concussion protocol after the Giants game, and his status will be updated Wednesday at practice. 

The Redskins offense had not been productive with Reed and Doctson in the lineup, let alone out of it. Reed will certainly be out for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, and Doctson will be somebody to watch. 

With these latest injuries, it's almost impossible to come up with a real depth chart for the offense. Here goes:

QB: Josh Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Colt McCoy
Note: Seriously, these are the QBs. McCoy is not healthy enough to play but the team is not placing him on season ending IR yet either.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine
Note: Against New York, Marshall landed on the active roster ahead of Bibbs. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but not much this season has. 

WR: Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Michael Floyd, Jehu Chesson
Note: With Doctson possibly out with a concussion, the Redskins don’t have enough WRs for the Jags game. If that happens, expect Simmie Cobbs to get called up from the practice squad. Darvin Kidsy is another option.

TE: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
Note: With Reed out the Redskins will likely call up J.P. Holtz from the practice squad. Matt Flanagan is another practice squad option, but he projected to be a fullback. Seeing as the third tight end plays a decent amount of snaps in the Redskins offense and special teams, the organization might look outside the team for help if Reed gets put to the injured reserve. 

OL: Trent Williams, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, Tony Bergstrom, Luke Bowanko, Zac Kerin, Austin Howard, Ty Nsekhe, Kyle Fuller 
Note: The Redskins really hope Bergstrom can get back on the field this week as the Austin Howard guard experiment went poorly. The team just added Fuller on Tuesday. 

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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.

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