Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 19, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 28
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 52
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 83
Redskins roster projection—Defense
The Redskins are done with their offseason program and are headed into a six-week break prior to training camp. A lot will be sorted out in Richmond but it’s not too early to project what the 53-man roster will look like when the final cuts are made on September 2.
Players new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also underlined.
Defensive line (6)
Starters: Jonathan Allen, Terrell McClain, Phil Taylor (NT)
Backups: Stacy McGee, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood
Change: Taylor in, Matt Ioannidis out
I haven’t been at all sold on Taylor but he is very large and seems to be healthy and that could be all he really needs to get a spot as the starting nose tackle. That will push Ioannidis to the practice squad.
Inside linebacker (4)
Starters: Will Compton, Zach Brown
Backups: Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight
They carried a fifth ILB last year for special teams but there doesn’t seem to be a solid choice here and the special teams guy will come from elsewhere.
Outside linebackers (4)
Starters: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Junior Galette
Trent Murphy is suspended for the first four games so a tough numbers decision is put off until Week 5.
Starters: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Josh Holsey
Change: Fabian Moreau out (to PUP list)
Moreau, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle during his pro day, has just a week or two between the late August date that he is supposed to be full go and the September 2 cut down date. That’s cutting it too close and I think he spends the first six weeks on PUP. They could add Dashaun Phillips as a sixth corner but I think they’ll rely on a backup safety for depth.
Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Su’a Cravens
Backups: DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Montae Nicholson
Change: Added Nicholson
If they don’t think that Nicholson, a fourth-round pick, is ready they could keep Josh Evans. Blackmon’s ability to play almost anywhere in the defensive backfield is his calling card. They need Everett for special teams so he is safe.
LS Nick Sundberg, K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way
I don’t quite get not using one of the 90 roster spots on a kicker to compete with Hopkins but I think he would dispose of any challenger rather easily.
Last three on: Evans, Holsey, Nicholson
Last three cut: ILB Zach Vigil, Evans, Ioannidis
Defensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, total of nine new to the organization.
Full roster breakdown: 25 offense, 25 defense, three specialists. Nine rookies, total of 14 players new to the Redskins.