Over the next few weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ depth chart now that the team’s offseason program has concluded.
Some battles are straightforward. Others could get complicated. This much, however, cannot be debated: A player is not on the 53-man roster until its finalized Sept. 5.
So who’s in? And who’s in jeopardy? Up today …
On the roster: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
Likely to make the 53: Griffin, Cousins, McCoy
Comment: The storylines revolving around Griffin are very familiar by now. After a spectacular rookie season in 2012, he stumbled the following year and crashed in 2014. He was injured and benched and publically criticized by his coach. It was a year he’d probably like to forget but one that he needs to remember enough learn from.
Griffin goes into training camp at the top of the depth chart; the company line is that it’s his job to lose. He looked less hesitant to make throws and was generally sharper during OTAs and minicamp this year than he was while preparing for the season in 2014. That has to carry over into training camp, the preseason games, and the regular season if he is going to win, I mean, not lose the job.
For a while last year it looked like Cousins might be the quarterback of the future for the Redskins. He had a couple of strong outings after replacing an injured Griffin in Week 2. But then interceptions started to come in bunches and the turnovers plus his hangdog expression after committing them got him sent to the bench.
McCoy, who was believed to be an afterthought when he was signed in the spring, was promoted to starter over Cousins in midseason and over Griffin later in the year. He led the Redskins to their biggest win of the year, on a Monday night in Dallas. Later in the year he struggled, especially in a shutout loss at home to the Rams. It seems that McCoy is a capable short-term backup but not a solution for an extended period of time.
Battling for a job: None
Comment: The Redskins tried to get a developmental quarterback to compete for a job or a practice squad spot. They signed Connor Halliday out of Washington State but the prolific passer decided to retire before rookie minicamp started. Then they signed Hutson Mason out of Georgia after a rookie camp tryout. He was released in early June.
The Redskins are likely to be one of the few NFL teams to carry three quarterbacks with none of them being a younger, developing signal caller.
Redskins position previews 2015: