RICHMOND—With their preseason opener set for Thursday in Cleveland, the Redskins have released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2015 season.
On offense, there are a handful of interesting notes. Among them:
- First round draft pick Brandon Scherff is, indeed, listed as the starting right guard, while Morgan Moses is the first string right tackle. Scherff spent the offseason program at tackle, but was moved inside by offensive line coach Bill Callahan last week. Spencer Long, who lined up during OTAs at right guard, is now Scherff’s backup.
- Tight end Niles Paul is listed as the No. 1 tight end ahead of the talented but injury prone Jordan Reed. Logan Paulsen is the No. 3 option. Good for Paul, who is a hard-nosed player with leadership qualities. But I still have a hard time imagining that Reed won't lead the team's tight ends statistically (assuming he stays healthy) when it's all said and done.
- Quarterback Kirk Cousins is listed as Robert Griffin III’s backup. Colt McCoy, meantime, is the third stringer. Although Jay Gruden has said the preseason games will determine which quarterback will serve as the No. 2, Cousins seems to have the early edge.
- Running back Chris Thompson is listed as the third option behind Alfred Morris and Matt Jones. Silas Redd, who made the 53-man last year, is listed with the other hopefuls. Gruden has been complimentary of the camp Thompson has enjoyed thus far.
- Tackle Tom Compton, meantime, is listed as a third stringer behind Ty Nsekhe and Moses at right tackle. Compton, of course, started nine games last season after replacing a struggling Tyler Polumbus.
On defense, here’s what stood out to me:
- Duke Ihenacho is listed as the starting strong safety ahead of Jeron Johnson, who is battling a hamstring injury. Even before Johnson’s injury, though, Ihenacho was the top performer in camp at the position.
- The starting strongside linebacker is Trent Murphy, who is listed ahead of Jackson Jeffcoat. The starting weakside linebacker is Ryan Kerrigan, who is ahead of rookie Preston Smith and the injured Junior Galette. It’s unclear when Galette will return from the pec muscle he suffered earlier this offseason, but it would be hard to imagine him not starting opposite Kerrigan.
- Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall are listed as the starting cornerbacks. Their backups are David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland, respectively.
- Undrafted rookie Quinton Dunbar, meanwhile, arrived as wide receiver but is now listed as reserve corner. Gruden said coaches saw some cornerback traits in 6-2, 201-pound Florida product and are willing to give him a shot.
On special teams, Andre Roberts is listed as the No. 1 punt and kick returner ahead of Crowder, who is expected to push the veteran.
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