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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Who’s got the most to gain against the Buccaneers?

It was quite a thrill, really, to have Tuesday’s Opening Kick roster projection be wrong by breakfast and obsolete by lunch. Away went Graham Gano and Chris Cooley. In came Billy Cundiff, and back came Jonathan Crompton.

Never a dull moment at Redskins Park.


There’s an actual game tonight -- well, sort of. The fourth preseason contest is often dubbed meaningless, called boring and regarded as a rip-off for season ticket-holders, who pay full price and sell their tickets for pennies on the dollar.

But for the true, borderline sick die-hard, the fourth preseason game is right up there with draft day. It when diamonds in the rough are found and semi-rational hopes and dreams for future contributions from fringe players are validated. We know where RGIII stands. But what’s the word on Aldrick Robinson?

That’s the first of two topics this morning: Who’s got the most to gain or lose against the Buccaneers. The other: Can you foresee Cooley re-signing with the Redskins?

What’s at stake against the Bucs?

The competition for jobs on the offensive line, at wide receiver and in the secondary might not be over yet. That’s also where the youth and potential practice squad players are concentrated, so we should see a lot of those guys in action Wednesday night.

How much, though, do you think is truly at stake? The coaches probably have a good idea of who they want to keep at this point -- better than a certain blogger, anyway. But, based on my intense research of how NFL coaching staffs work (i.e. watching HBO’s Hard Knocks) they don’t have the conversation until after the fourth preseason game, and up until the coaches sit in the office and make the final determinations, anyone can tip the scales.

I’d guess Willie Smith, Tom Compton, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis and the O-linemen have much on the line, followed by the cornerbacks. Beyond DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and Cedric Griffin, up to two roster spots are up for grabs. The wide receivers also have one last chance to impress, and there are guys there who could have a domino effect on the rest of the team, by making the Redskins decide whether to keep five, six or seven players.

Alfred Morris and Dezmon Briscoe seem like they’re in good shape to make the roster. They might likely play a bunch, but I wonder if they can only do harm to their chances at this point.

Crompton, brought back on short notice, should spell Kirk Cousins in the second half. He’s not making the team, but he’s got a chance to earn job. A practice-squadder last season, he could determine whether he’s worth another season on one.

Have we seen the last of Cooley?

Cooley was a guy who most Redskins fans didn’t want to see go, even if Fred Davis as the go-to tight end, Logan Paulsen as the blocker and Niles Paul as the converted wide receiver who seems to be fitting in made him an unnecessary luxury. So the obvious question is now that his salary is no longer the issue, can Washington have him back? He lives here, likes it here and was willing to take snaps at fullback and play second fiddle to Davis so he could remain a Redskin.

But I imagine Cooley will have offers from teams who want him to do what he’s good at -- be a playmaking tight end. They aren’t going to pay him what he was making, but he could probably find a job where he’ll be more valued, financially and in terms of being a part of the team, than he will be here.

NFL.com ran a list of six possible destinations. The Jets also pop up in online discussions about where he might land.

What do you think the future holds for Cooley?

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Cooley’s bloggiest moments

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