In the time between now and Sept. 3, many players on the Redskins roster will be fighting for roster spots. They are renting apartments, hoping that they can be one of the final 53.
Some players have no such issues. They are locks to make the roster due to factors such as skill, salary, draft position, and other factors. By my count there are 33 such players on the Redskins. That means that, in essence, the remaining 56 players (as of Tuesday morning) are competing for 20 roster spots.
Here are the locks, the players who will be on the roster no matter what happens. Tomorrow, we’ll look at the guys who likely are set with roster spots but there are some realistic scenarios that could cause them to get cut.
QB’s Rex Grossman and John Beck—The two are 1-A and 1-B at quarterback, not necessarily in that order.
WR’s Anthony Armstrong, Jabar Gaffney, Leonard Hankerson, and Santana Moss—Gaffney and Moss will be the starters, Armstrong will be the first off the bench and Hankerson will be given at least this season to develop. The organization was aware of his issues dropping the ball in Miami when he was drafted in the third round and he will get time to work those issues out.
TE’s Chris Cooley, Logan Paulsen, Fred Davis—There is depth at this position and they will all stay put.
RB’s Tim Hightower and Ryan Torain—Torain may end up in injured reserve but he will not be released. Hightower has been one of the stars of training camp so far.
OL Jammal Brown, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Will Montgomery, Trent Williams, Sean Locklear, Artis Hicks—The five starters are set and Locklear gives them the quality backup tackle they were missing last year and Hicks’ versatility ensures that he will stick around.
DL Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield, Jarvis Jenkins—This is your main rotation and it could well be an effective one.
LB’s Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Lorenzo Alexander, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley—Both Rocky McIntosh and Keyaron Fox both were close to being in this group but one could end up knocking the other off the roster. Riley gets another year to develop and he could end up starting at some point.
DB’s Oshiomogho Atogwe, DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Reed Doughty, LaRon Landry, Kevin Barnes—The starters are set but there is a lot of competition behind them.