Who’s in, who’s out, who’s on the bubble as Redskins’ roster cuts loom

Mike Shanahan

Coach Mike Shanahan must trim the Redskins’ roster from 75 players to 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins must trim their roster to 53 players by Saturday’s league-wide deadline. There could be a few surprises in store, as is often the case, but here’s a position-by-position look at how things seem to be shaping up:

Quarterback

Who’s likely to make it: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman

Pat White

Pat White scrambles into the end zone on a late nine-yard touchdown run against the Titans. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Who’s not likely to make it: Pat White

Analysis: White had a few moments during the preseason, but probably not enough to overtake Grossman for the No. 3 quarterback job. The Redskins seem unlikely to go with only two quarterbacks with Griffin and Cousins coming off injuries.

Running back

Who’s likely to make it: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu Jr.

Who’s on the bubble: Evan Royster, Keiland Williams, Chris Thompson

Who’s unlikely to make it: Jawan Jamison

Analysis: Royster, Williams and Thompson appear to be vying for one or two roster spots. Thompson could make the team as a fourth tailback and featured punt returner, especially after his touchdown on a punt return in the preseason finale. Williams suffered a sprained shoulder Thursday night in Tampa, making things a bit more uncertain.

Fullback

Who’s likely to make it: Darrel Young

Analysis: Young is the starter and the only fullback left on the roster. Reserve tight end Niles Paul probably will be the backup.

Wide receiver

Who’s likely to make it: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson

Who’s on the bubble: Dezmon Briscoe

Who’s unlikely to make it: Lance Lewis, Skye Dawson, Nick Williams

Analysis: Will the Redskins keep only five wideouts? It’s possible, especially when they could re-sign one or two to the practice squad Sunday. Veteran Donte Stallworth already was released in the previous round of roster cuts and he said afterward he thought the team would go with only five wide receivers. Briscoe had a big play Thursday against the Buccaneers but he, like Keiland Williams, left the game with a sprained shoulder.

Tight end

Who’s likely to make it: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul

Who’s unlikely to make it: Emmanuel Ogbuehi

Analysis: Four tight ends is a lot, but it would be a big upset if the Redskins don’t keep all four. Paul is the backup fullback and one of the club’s special-teams leaders.

Offensive line

Who’s likely to make it: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus

Who’s on the Bubble: Tony Pashos

Who’s unlikely to make it: Xavier Nixon, Kevin Matthews, Tevita Stevens, Maurice Hurt

Analysis: It’s tempting to put LeRibeus on the bubble, especially after his offseason conditioning work was publicly criticized by the coaching staff. But he’s only a second-year player who was a third-round draft choice, and teams generally don’t give up on third-rounders that quickly. Will the Redskins keep only eight offensive linemen, or more? Has Pashos shown enough to make the roster as a reserve even though he lacks versatility? There are some moving parts here, and some balancing to be done with how many players are kept at certain other positions. Hurt could be headed to the physically unable to perform list after spending training camp and the preseason on the active PUP list.

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Specialists

Who’s likely to make it: Kai Forbath, Sav Rocca, Nick Sundberg

Analysis: These spots are set, with no competition left at place kicker, punter or long snapper. Forbath’s success last season means the Redskins don’t have to follow last year’s formula of having a preseason kicking competition and then keeping neither competitor.

Defensive line

Who’s likely to make it: Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Chris Baker, Kedric Golston, Chris Neild

Who’s on the bubble: Phillip Merling

Who’s unlikely to make it: Dominique Hamilton, Ron Brace, Chigbo Anunoby

Analysis: Jarvis Jenkins, a starter at defensive end, begins the season on the suspended list. That creates an opening for a roster spot that could be filled by Merling. The Redskins do have some flexibility here because of their use of linebackers at defensive line positions in pass-rushing situations.

Linebacker

Who’s likely to make it: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Brandon Jenkins, Darryl Tapp, Bryan Kehl, Nick Barnett

Who’s unlikely to make it: Will Compton, Marvin Burdette, Vic So’oto

Analysis: Backup Rob Jackson begins the season serving a four-game suspension. Barnett has had to learn the defensive system and prove that his surgically repaired knee is sound after signing with the team in training camp.

Cornerback

Who’s likely to make it: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson, E.J. Biggers, Chase Minnifield

Who’s on the bubble: Jerome Murphy

Analysis: The season-ending knee injury suffered by Richard Crawford during the preseason leaves the Redskins a bit short on depth here. Murphy seems to have a decent chance to make the roster as a sixth cornerback.

Safety

Who’s likely to make it: Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty

Who’s on the bubble: DeJon Gomes, Jordan Pugh, Jose Gumbs

Analysis: A spot became available because of rookie Phillip Thomas’s season-ending Lisfranc foot injury during the preseason. Tanard Jackson remains on the suspended list. Gomes, Pugh and Gumbs could be competing for two roster spots.

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What’s ahead:

● The second round of cuts, due by 4 p.m. Saturday, requires rosters to go from 75 to 53.

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