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Players on the Redskins' roster bubble, offensive edition

Players on the Redskins' roster bubble, offensive edition

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.

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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.  

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Mark Sanchez makes the jump to ESPN after surviving Josh Norman's Broadcasting Bootcamp

Mark Sanchez makes the jump to ESPN after surviving Josh Norman's Broadcasting Bootcamp

In case you haven't heard, eight-year NFL veteran Mark Sanchez called it a career on Tuesday. He'll move on to television, working with ESPN as a college football analyst.

Former Redskins teammate, albeit briefly, Josh Norman shared his congratulations on Twitter.

According to our records, this is the first Josh Norman Broadcasting Bootcamp attendee to make the jump to ESPN. He is also the only attendee according to our records.

Last season Sanchez played two games in Washington before he suffered a season-ending injury. 

As comical as it was at times to see 'the Sanchize' on the field, he's due to be as entertaining in the booth. As evidenced in the video he has no issue poking fun at himself. Moving to college football goes back to where he had a majority of his success on the gridiron. 


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Redskins365 Episode 2: This Is Where I Wanted To Be

Redskins365 Episode 2: This Is Where I Wanted To Be

Over the 2019 offseason, the Washington Redskins periodically released episodes to a new series called "Redskins 365". Here, viewers can get an all-access look into all the important moments leading up to the 2019-20 season.

In Episode 2 titled "This Is Where I Wanted To Be" the focus in on the players, both new and old.

When free agency opened up during the 2019 offseason the biggest splash the Redskins made was the acquisition of safety Landon Collins. Heading over from a divisional rival, Collins as well as other members of the organization break down the signing and his fit within the team. The safety also shares his story about receiving a Sean Taylor jersey and what it means to join the team his idol played on.

The episode also touches on other free agent signings Ereck Flowers and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well as the trade for quarterback Case Keenum. Head coach Jay Gruden gives his thoughts on the newest member of the QB room and explains how he'll fit in with Colt McCoy.

Speaking of McCoy, the show then takes a detour to Austin, Texas. There, McCoy reflects on his time at the University of Texas as well as his up and down NFL career that included a season-ending injury just a season ago.

From one Big 12 star to another, the episode concludes with a spotlight on Adrian Peterson. After a whirlwind first season in Washington, AP is back for more. The always-dependable runner shares his thoughts on his first season and explains how he deals with expectations.