After a busy free agency period, a draft in which 10 new players were added and the acquisition of 13 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: Wide receiver
On the roster: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer, Tyler Rutenbeck, Rashad Ross, Colin Lockett, Tony Jones, Reggie Bell
Likely to make the 53: Garçon, Jackson, Roberts, Grant, Crowder, Spencer
Comment: There was some fan and media chatter that the Redskins might move on from Garçon, who will be 29 this season and has a $9.7 million cap number. But that was never more than sheer speculation; barring some sort of a trade offer that Scot McCloughan can’t refuse, the team’s leading receiver in terms of catches will be back.
Jackson was a godsend to all three quarterbacks who took snaps last year. He averaged almost 21 yards per catch, led the team in touchdown receptions with six, and gave defenses something to worry about in what was an otherwise pedestrian offensive attack.
Roberts was signed to be the No. 2 receiver last year until Jackson became available. He played in the slot and maybe it’s a good thing he wasn’t the second option. Roberts caught just 36 passes and had seven drops.
As a rookie, Grant played just 187 snaps and caught six passes. The coaches love his work effort and he could see an expanded role.
The Redskins drafted two receivers, Crowder in the fourth round and Spencer in the sixth. Neither is likely to have a major role on offense but Crowder has a good shot at taking punt return duties away from Roberts and Spencer could be an all-around special teams contributor.
Battling for a job: Rutenback, Ross, Lockett, Jones, Bell
Comment: It’s going to be tough for any of these players to break through and make a roster that has four holdovers and two draft picks. Ross and Lockett are familiar faces as they both spent time on the practice squad last year.
The other three were signed as undrafted free agents last week. Bell played at San Diego, Jones also did some kick and punt returning for Northwestern, and Rutenback is the career receiving leader for the Dubuque Spartans, proud members of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Post-draft depth chart series