A couple of weeks ago I looked at the players who are locks to make the Redskins’ 53-man roster. There are 39 players (18 offense, 18 defense, 3 specialists) who are going through the offseason program working on refining their games and not on ensuring that they have jobs after the September 2 cut to 53.
There also are players who don’t have a realistic shot at making the roster. These players are fighting for one of the 10 practice squad jobs or, failing that, a shot at making another team’s roster or at least getting a call when a team needs an injury replacement.
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In between, there are the players on the bubble. They have a legitimate shot at making the 53 but they are not sure things. Some of these players must prove that they have recovered from injuries while others, like some of the late-round draft picks, need to show that they have what it takes to make it in the NFL.
Here are the offensive players on the bubble watch. We’ll look at the bubble on defense later this week.
O-line: Tackles Vinston Painter and John Kling, C Chase Roullier
Painter is the fourth tackle right now but he will have to beat out the massive Kling (6-8, 320) to hang on to it. It looks like Roullier has a path to a roster spot but he will have to do a lot between now and September to convince Jay Gruden that he is a viable backup to Spencer Long.
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Wide receiver/tight end: WR’s Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, Robert Davis, and Brian Quick, TE’s Jeremy Sprinkle, Niles Paul, and Derek Carrier
We have the two extremes of the bubble here. Harris is nearly a lock but he must fight off two of the other three to ensure his spot. On the other end is Carrier, who is caught up in a numbers game with Sprinkle and Paul, tight ends who are0 much better bets to end up on the 53 behind Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis.
Backs: RB’s Mack Brown and Keith Marshall
You will note that Matt Jones, who was the unquestioned No. 1 back a year ago, is not even on the bubble. His decision to skip OTAs likely has sealed his destiny to end up on the waiver wire. Marshall is on the edge of the bubble but if he can stay healthy the 2016 seventh-round pick could have a shot.