We have figured out who the locks and the probables are. Now it is time to sort out the rest of the Redskins and figure out who will make the final cut and get one of the coveted 53 spots on the team’s final roster.
Today, we project the offense and we’ll look at defense and specialists on Friday.
See how the roster breaks down statistically at the bottom.
Locks: John Beck, Rex Grossman
For most of the 2000’s, Mike Shanahan’s Broncos ran with two quarterbacks on the roster. After going with Beck, Grossman, and McNabb this year, Shanahan will return to the two-QB setup. A third quarterback, perhaps Ben Chappell, perhaps another young one released by another team, might end up on the practice squad.
Running back (3)
Locks: Ryan Torain, Tim Hightower
Probables: Roy Helu
Evan Royster could steal away Helu’s spot but it is unlikely that the team will carry more than three running backs on the initial roster. Fullback Keiland Williams was a tailback last year so he could fill in if needed.
Probables: Darrel Young, Keiland Williams
Although the Redskins used a fullback on only about a third of their plays last year, the above-noted versatility of Williams will keep him on the roster. Both players will be expected to be special teams contributors.
Tight end (3)
Locks: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen
This was how the depth chart looked at the end of training camp a year ago and there is no reason to think it will change. This is, of course, pending the health of Cooley’s knee.
Wide receiver (6)
Locks: Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson
Others: Niles Paul (pictured), Terrence Austin
The assumption here is that Brandon Banks’ knee will force him on to injured reserve for the year. At this point we do not know if the injury is serious enough to shelve him for the year but this projection is based on that happening. Austin would seem to be the favorite to take the receiver/returner role although rookie Aldrick Robinson still has time to mount a challenge there. Donte Stallworth could make the squad although keeping the 30-year-old veteran over a younger receiver would run counter to the team’s stated goal of getting younger.
Offensive line (9)
Locks: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown, Sean Locklear, Artis Hicks
Others: Maurice Hurt, Erik Cook
It remains to be seen if the team will rely on Hurt and Cook, neither of whom has an NFL play on his resume, or if they will check the waiver wires for more experienced depth.
The offensive breakdown:
Not on Redskins roster in 2010: 8
Average age: 26.9