Yesterday, we looked at the players who are locks to make the Redskins’ 53-man roster. Today we look at the 12 players who are very likely to make the final cut but who could get knocked off of the final roster by some realistic if unlikely scenarios. Here is a look at those players and why they may be leaning slightly towards the roster bubble.
If you add these 12 players to the 33 locks, it appears that 45 roster spots are virtually secured. With the roster at 88, including the two players on the PUP list and not counting RB James Davis, who is expected to be released after leaving camp without permission on Monday, that means that means that you have 43 players competing for eight jobs.
Tomorrow we’ll start making the first projection at a 53-man roster.
RB Roy Helu—Either Helu or fellow rookie Evan Royster will get the third running back job. Helu has looked better in practice but Royster had a pretty good game against the Steelers. Helu still is the favorite but not yet a lock.
FB’s Keiland Williams, Darrel Young—It seems likely that the Redskins will go with both of these players on the roster. However, if they get into a numbers crunch and decide to keep just one fullback, one or the other could go.
DL Anthony Bryant, Kedric Golston—There is a slim chance that rookie Chris Neild beats out Bryant for the backup nose tackle job. Nobody appears to be an immediate threat to Golston’s job but they could choose to bring in another DE from the outside.
DB Phillip Buchanon—He is close to a lock but no marginal player who will be suspended for the first four games of the season is truly secure.
LB’s Keyaron Fox, Rob Jackson, Rocky McIntosh—Injuries at other positions could make the coaches choose between McIntosh and Fox so one could be in danger. Jackson is getting pushed by rookie Markus White.
K Graham Gano—The Shayne Graham challenge did not last long and if Gano kicks well against the Colts he should be able to last into the regular season. He will have a short leash once the year starts.
P Sav Rocca—He is close to a lock but a few shanked punts or a pulled muscle could lead to competition.
LS Nick Sundberg—The Redskins went through some growing pains with Sundberg last year and his snaps have been spot on perfect for the most part in camp this year. Still, a few bad snaps and someone else could be brought in.