DL (6) — Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Chris Baker, Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston.
OL (6 definitely in) — Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, Tyler Polumbus; (5 about even) — Chris Chester, Mike McGlynn, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton, Adam Gettis.
Let’s take a look at the cornerbacks, because there should be a pretty good competition for jobs there this summer.
David Amerson — The 2013 second-round pick likely moves into a starter’s role this season, after showing promise as a rookie. One of the knocks on him fresh out of college was a propensity to guess and get beat deep, and we didn’t see that last year, while we did see the ballhawking at least once, in the Oakland game.
E.J. Biggers — Was useful as an extra corner and even started a game at safety last season. But they drafted a corner, have another coming back from injury, and signed a former starter with experience, so it’s hard to read into what his role might be this season. Jim Haslett and staff re-signed him in free agency, but on a low-risk one-year deal.
Bashaud Breeland — Draft picks usually stick, especially players who were taken in fourth but might have been seen as first-round talent with another year of college seasoning. Breeland’s a pro now, and his initial role might be special teams, but he’s envisioned as a high-ceiling player as he develops.
Courtney Bridgett Jr. — Undrafted rookie out of Hampton will have to impress in camp. He is 6-3 and 195, but ran a 4.58 40 at his pro day.
Richard Crawford — Looked good as a punt returner and spot corner in 2012, but got hurt in the 2013 preseason and missed the entire year. Mike Jones detailed what he’s facing this season in a blog post last week.
DeAngelo Hall — Team’s unquestioned No. 1 corner hopes to become a vocal leader with London Fletcher now gone. He’s shown a knack for big plays and elevated his game in key matchups, but the metrics crowd is split on his effectiveness — Pro Football Focus ranked him as the NFL’s 59th-best coverage corner last season, three spots behind Amerson and seven ahead of Porter. Advanced Football Analytics had him fourth in win probability added.
Chase Minnifield — He seemed like a diamond in the rough when the Redskins snagged him. An untimely injury sent Minnifield from high-round talent to undrafted, and he hurt himself again as a pro. He finally stayed healthy last season, on the practice squad, but as he enters Year 3, he’s got to show some progress to earn a roster spot and a role.
Tracy Porter — Signed to play nickel, the corner who returned a Peyton Manning INT for a touchdown to clinch the Saints’ Super Bowl win after the 2009 season is on his fourth team in four years. Yet, he played 16 games for Oakland last year and had 12 passes defensed and two interceptions. Could become a starter, but team would probably prefer he only start in a pinch.
Bryan Shepherd — A 5-10, 180-pound rookie out of North Dakota State, Shepherd would likely be in the mix for a special teams or practice squad job.
Peyton Thompson — Spent 2012 season on the Falcons practice squad and was cut by Atlanta last August. The 5-11, 180-pound player has yet to appear in a regular-season game.
Even if you figure the unproven Bridgett, Shephard and Thompson are competing for practice-squad jobs, this is still quite a preseason competition amongst the other seven. How many do you keep? Four? Five? Six? Does it depend on how many safeties (which we’ll get to next) you keep? Choose up to seven below:
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