Okay, after an offseason of speculation, you’ve finally got all the information you need to make an informed 53-man roster projection. It might or might not match the one the Redskins eventually end up with, especially since it’s nearly impossible to predict who’ll get cut from elsewhere and get added when the very bottom of the roster churns.
But for our purposes here today, as we await some news, let’s take our stabs at the final 53 given what we know now. Some general guidelines: Teams tend to go 25 offfense, 25 defense and three specialists, give or take a few. Because the Redskins are a 3-4 defense, they’ll keep more linebackers than defensive linemen.
The practice squad guidelines are here in this post. Mike Jones took a crack at the 53-man on Monday. Below is one guess, though it’s just that, a guess. Yours below we’ll consider official, and not hold you to your wild predictions from back in April, or July, or last week:
QB (3) — Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman
RB (5) — Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu Jr., Chris Thompson, Royster/Williams
WR (5) — Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson.
TE (4) — Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed
OL (9) — Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tony Pashos, Tom Compton, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus.
I kept 26 on offense. No room for Pat White at QB, and it’s a shame he’s not practice squad eligible. I went with Keiland Williams over Evan Royster for special teams; Remember Chris Thompson credited Williams with the block that sprung him on the punt return. The flipside argument is Royster might be the back that most closely plays like Morris, should the star RB get hurt. Fine line between that and getting cut. He could make it. When Maurice Hurt comes back for interior O-Line depth, it will cost someone his job. The Redskins could part with Josh LeRibeus for help elsewhere. You have to make some tough choices to wedge four tight ends on the roster, so I went thin at WR. Thompson on returns makes that possible. WRs Nick Williams and Lance Lewis, could be practice squadders. RB Jawan Jamison could stick around on the practice squad as well.
DL (6) — Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Chris Neild, Phillip Merling
ILB (4) — London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl
OLB (4) — Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Jenkins
CB (5) — DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson, E.J. Biggers, Chase Minnifield
S (5) — Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes, Jordan Pugh
I kept 24 on defense. Keep in mind that DL Jarvis Jenkins and OLB Rob Jackson come back in Week 5. Meantime, one could go with Jerome Murphy at CB and see if Chase Minnifield would slip through to the practice squad. Kehl makes it for his special teams prowess, and Will Compton could be added there at the expense of someone elsewhere. At safety, The Insider commenter favorite Jose Gumbs may end up on the practice squad.
Who do you have?
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● The second round of cuts, due by 4 p.m. Saturday, requires rosters to go from 75 to 53.
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