The Redskins’ 90-man offseason roster is set, at least for the time being. It’s time to take a look at who they have, who will start, and who will be around when the Sept. 9 opener in New Orleans rolls around.
Starters: Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins
Reserves: Adam Carriker, Kedric Golston
Fighting for a job: Darrion Scott, Kentwan Balmer, Doug Worthington
Bowen, who will be limited in the preseason program as he had a procedure done on one of his knees in April, is set on the right side.
We could label Jenkins and Carriker as 1-A and 1-B on the left. Jenkins seems to be on the road to a full recovery from his torn ACL although he was wearing a full knee brace during Monday’s OTA. The talk was that he would have won a starting job at some point during last year but Carriker held down the job well enough to earn a contract extension. The two will compete for the starting job during training camp. The “loser” will still end up with plenty of playing time in the line rotation.
The team re-signed Golston after he missed the last seven games of last year with a knee injury. He is steady and reliable for 20-30 snaps per game. He is likely to be on the final roster but Balmer could challenge him if they keep only four defensive ends.
Balmer is an interesting prospect. He was a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2008 and he lasted only two seasons there before being traded to Seattle for a sixth-round pick. He has bounced around and even though he’s only 25 this could be his last chance to catch on in the NFL. Jim Haslett will want to give him a long look.
He will compete with Scott and Worthington for a possible fifth defensive end job.
Starter: Barry Cofield
Reserve: Chris Neild
Fighting for a job: Chris Baker
It seems like everyone was trying to replace Cofield with a “traditional” nose tackle from the moment the Redskins signed him soon after the lockout ended. He is heavier than his listed weight of 306 but short of the 350- to 360-pound range that you usually find in the middle of a three-man line. With an offseason to learn, he should improve on his up and down 2011 performance at the nose.
Neild started off his NFL career with a bang, getting in on two sacks of Eli Manning in the season opener. He got only another half sack the rest of the season but, of course, that’s not his job. He did well playing about a dozen snaps per game to give Cofield a rest.
Baker has a couple of games of NFL experience under his belt. He will compete with Neild for the backup spot behind Cofield.