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Need to Know: Five Redskins who could lose their jobs to draft picks

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 2, 22 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

It’s been 121 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 131 days.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 10
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 22
—Training camp starts (7/27) 86

Five players whose roster spots are in danger after the draft

NFL rosters are a zero-sum game. If a player is added another one loses his job. The Redskins brought in 10 new players and many of them will knock some players who were around last year out of their jobs. Here’s a look at some who could be on the endangered list.

WR Ryan Grant—The coaches love his work ethic and he does practice hard. But there were reports that Jay Gruden had to battle with Scot McCloughan to keep him on the roster last year. This year, after the team drafted Robert Davis in the sixth round it could be the end of the line for Grant.

RB Mack Brown—If you’re looking for Matt Jones here I didn’t include him because I think he may have been gone before the Redskins drafted Samaje Perine. Brown may be pushed off, too, after the addition of Perine. Both Jones and Brown are likely to be around in training camp and will get a chance to compete but it’s hard to see them around when they cut to 53.

 

TE Niles Paul—This doesn’t take a lot of deep analysis. He has missed 24 games the last two years, his salary cap number is north of $2 million, and the team just drafted Jeremy Sprinkle. Sounds like a formula for going younger and cheaper.

DL Matt Ioannidis—Yes, he was a fifth-round draft pick last year. But that was under a different general manager. The team cut him at the reduction to 53 and waited a few days before signing him to the practice squad. The addition of Jonathan Allen creates a numbers game that could leave Ioannidis as the odd man out.

S DeAngelo Hall—The Redskins drafted two safeties after signing on as a free agent and moving Su’a Cravens to safety. There is no guarantee that both Montae Nicholson and Josh Harvey-Clemons will make the roster. But if they do, the last roster spot could come down to Hall, Will Blackmon, and Deshazor Everett. With Everett being a key special teams contributor both Hall and Blackmon could be on the bubble.

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