Washington Redskins: projected 53 man roster
Game one is in the books and the Washington Redskins came back to beat the Tennessee Titans 22-21 on a Pat White touchdown and 2pt conversion. Now is the fun part, it is time to project the 53 man roster after game one. Sure many players, such as Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon, did not play but that gave way for many back ups and rookies to shine. This is the official DC Sports-Kings roster if the cut downs were today.
QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman
RB: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson
FB: Darrell Young
WR: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Leonard Hankerson
TE: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul
OT: Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Tony Pashos
OG: Chris Chester, Kory Lichtensteiger, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis,
C: Will Montgomery
DE: Adam Carriker*, Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins*, Kedric Golston
DT: Barry Cofield, Chris Neild, Chris Baker
OLB: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Darryl Tapp, Rob Jackson*, Brandon Jenkins
MLB: London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl
CB: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, E.J Biggers, David Amerson, Richard Crawford
SS: Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, Phillip Thomas
FS: Bacarri Rambo
K: Kai Forbath
P: Sav Rocca
LS: Nick Sundberg
*Indicates PUP List or Suspended
This is how I see the 53 man roster shaping up after game one. Nothing major here, but there were some bubble players. Players like Chase Minnifield, DeJon Gomes Phillip Merling, Jeremy Trueblood, Evan Royster and Maurice Hurt are all guys that definitely have a shot at making the squad for the 2013 season. Competition for every position is the key to a good to great team and the Washington Redskins possess that this season.
On offense, Rex Grossman has to watch his back as Pat White had a solid outing. White was 5 of 8 for 31 yards, but two of his incomplete passes were dropped balls by the receivers.
White also had 5 rushes for 33 yards and a touchdown. I have Royster off the roster simply because I feel as though they will keep a rookie as the third string running back and only keep one veteran as a back up and in this case its Roy Helu. All four tight ends will make the squad, Paul and Paulsen are versatile and can line up at fullback as well. Nine offensive lineman are a must, Compton started and played pretty good at left tackle in Trent Williams place. LeRibeus plays both center and guard and his versatility make him an asset on the line.
On defense, things were pretty simple. If Carriker happens to be placed on the IR for the season, Phillip Merling will make the squad. He had a solid first game and could sneak onto the roster somehow regardless of Carriker’s injury status. I have Baker listed as a defensive tackle since it is his natural position, but his versatility on the line will definitely keep him on the team. With the suspensions and injuries on defense, I kept only four safeties and five corners. Jenkins presence as a pass rusher is too much to leave off. With Doughty being the special teams captain, he will be a mainstay and his versatility at being able to play free and strong safety make him an asset. Gomes and Minnifield will make the squad if there is an injury to any secondary mainstay, other than that it is hard to pick either after just one game. Gomes had a few missed tackles in the opening preseason game and that could hurt his chances.
There aren’t many surprises to this team after week 1 in the preseason, but there is a lot of intrigue and questions. Will Hankerson make the team? Will Royster make it over the rookies? How many defensive backs will make it? Who is the sleeper pick? Many questions will be answered over the next 2 weeks, but until then we can have fun with the roster and try and guess at it like the NCAA tournament brackets.
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