With free agency possibly starting on Tuesday, it is a good time to take a look at the Redskins’ depth chart. As everyone knows, it is very much in flux and there are a lot of unknowns at this point. But let’s lay it out here using only players under contract and draft picks and going two deep at each position and take a look at what might happen as free agency unfolds.
Starter: John Beck
Of course, Donovan McNabb is still under contract but unless something strange happens (and it always could with this team), he is not in the picture for 2011. It seems that Rex Grossman will be back. It is unclear if Beck will be listed as the starter or if there will be an open competition for the starting job. The team will sign two more quarterbacks so that they have four for training camp. One is likely to be a undrafted college free agent. The interesting signing could be any veteran they bring aboard.
Starter: Ryan Torain
Backup: Keiland Williams
Torain almost certainly will get the first crack at starting. If he can stay healthy—one of the big if’s of the season—he could run for 1,200 yards this year. Williams will play a role but if Torain can’t go the starting job may well go to rookie Roy Helu. The Redskins have seven running backs on the roster, all under the age of 26, so competition for the three or four stating jobs will be lively.
Starter: Mike Sellers
Backup: Darrell Young
Although Sellers is getting up there in age, he is in excellent condition and between that and his status as a special teams monster cements his role on the roster. Young may be on the bubble if they decide to keep four running backs on the roster.
Starters: Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson
Backups: Malcolm Kelly, Terrence Austin
This portion of the depth chart is very much up in the air. By all indications, the Redskins are going to try to keep Santana Moss in the fold. Reports persist that they will try to land one of the big prized in free agency, Santonio Holmes of the Jets. If both Moss and Holmes come aboard, Kelly, Austin, Brandon Banks, and draft picks Niles Paul and Broderick Robinson will be fighting it out for one or two roster spots.
Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Casey Rabach, Will Montgomery, Artis Hicks
Backups: Selvish Capers, Maurice Hurt, Eric Cook, Vacant, Clint Oldenburg
Yes, this is a thin unit. A free agent, whether it is last year’s starter Jammal Brown or an outsider, almost certainly will be brought in to start at right tackle. Some experienced depth and perhaps a starter at guard are likely to be on the Redskins’ free agency radar as well.
Starters: Jarvis Jenkins and Adam Carriker at ends, Maake Kemoeatu at nose tackle
Backups: Jeremy Jarmon and Vonnie Holliday at ends, Anthony Bryant at nose tackle
Jarmon and Phillip Daniels probably would share a spot if needed, with Daniels playing on running downs and Jarmon in passing situations. Kemoeatu may be on the bubble regardless of whether or not the team signs a free agent nose tackle. It’s also possible that a free agent end could be brought aboard. Rookie nose tackle Chris Neild could end up being in the picture as well.
Starters (left to right): Ryan Kerrigan, Lorenzo Alexander, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo
Backups: Rob Jackson, Perry Riley, Robert Henson, Chris Wilson
This is assuming that Alexander does indeed add another position to his NFL resume by moving from outside linebacker to inside. Rocky McIntosh, last year’s starter at ILB, and Chris Wilson, who saw limited action at outside backer, are free agents. It seems likely that McIntosh will be gone.
Starters: DeAngelo Hall, Kevin Barnes
Backups: Byron Westbrook, Reggie Jones
Longtime starter Carlos Rogers is a free agent and is not expected to return. Phillip Buchanon, who was the nickel back and spot starter last year, also is a free agent and we’re not sure of his status. It will be interesting to see if the coaches have enough faith in Barnes to give him a shot either as a starter or at nickel back.
Starters: LaRon Landry, Oshiomogho Atogwe
Reserves: Kareem Moore, Macho Harris
Atogwe is the Redskins’ first free agent addition, signed just before the lockout started. Chris Horton and Moore, both part of the struggling 2008 draft class, may be on the bubble for making the roster. Anderson Russell, who was on the practice squad on then on the active roster briefly before his season ended with a torn ACL, and draft picks DeJon Gomes and Brandyn Thompson could be in the picture here as well.
Starters: Punter Sam Paulescu, Long snapper Nick Sundberg, Kicker Graham Gano
Certainly, competition could be brought in for these positions; none could be considered to have a lock on his job.