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.
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.
Post-draft depth chart series