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Redskins depth chart preview: Quarterback

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Redskins depth chart preview: Quarterback

After a busy free agency period, a draft in which 10 new players were added and the acquisition of about a dozen undrafted college players, the Redskins look much different than they did last December. So in the coming weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will break down the revamped roster, position-by-position, as offseason activities ramp up and depth charts come into focus.

Position: Quarterback

On the roster: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Connor Halliday

Likely to make the 53: Griffin, Cousins, McCoy

Comment: The company line out of Redskins Park is that there is an open competition for the starting job and the job is Griffin’s to lose. What that means exactly remains to be seen other than that Griffin will get the first snap with the first team in training camp. There’s no need to go into detail here about what a critical season this is for Griffin; you’re heard plenty about it and you’ll hear plenty more.

The last time we saw Cousins he was getting buried on the bench after two first-half turnovers against the Titans. His turnovers and his reaction to them earned him what seemed to be a permanent spot in Jay Gruden’s doghouse. Can he climb out of it? In many ways he played the best of the three quarterbacks last year but he may not have ha shot this year.

McCoy is the only one of the three quarterbacks who was not sent to the bench last year. He gets “credit” for half of the team’s wins last year as he rallied the Redskins from a halftime deficit to beat the Titans and then led them to an upset win in Dallas the next week. But he played very poorly at times, like he did in the shutout loss to the Rams.

It would not be surprising if McCoy or Cousins started more games than Griffin and it would not be surprising if neither one of them takes a meaningful snap. Such is the volatility of QB situation on this team.

Battling for a job: Halliday

Comment: The Redskins needed to look past this year at the most important position on the field as McCoy and Cousins are both free agents next year and Griffin’s $16.15 million contract option doesn’t necessarily ensure his presence on the roster. Scot McCloughan elected not to spend a draft pick on a quarterback but he did pick up Halliday as an undrafted free agent. At Washington State he was leading the nation in passing before he suffered a broken leg against USC in late November. The Cougars’ spread attack certainly helped his passing stats and we will see if Gruden and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh can make an NFL quarterback out of him. A spot on the practice squad is likely to be in the cards of Halliday this year.

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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