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Need to Know: Five possible depth chart surprises for the 2014 Redskins

Mar 26, 2014, 4:54 AM EDT

Adam-Gettis

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 26, 12 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

Nickel coverage

Here are five personnel moves that could end up happening for the Redskins at some point in 2014.

Adam Gettis starting at center—Yesterday he tweeted that he was going to go out and snap to Robert Griffin III during the workout the QB organized with the receivers, tight ends and backs in Arizona. He could be given an opportunity to push Kory Lichtensteiger at center.

Aldrick Robinson playing a key role at WR—He showed some signs of being more than just a fast guy late last year but it was a small sample size so he still has a lot to prove. But if he can consistently be the receiver he was towards the end of the season he’ll get snaps and it wouldn’t be surprising for him to end up as the second- or third-leading receiver on the team if he does.

Tom Compton starting at right tackle—The Redskins’ courtship of Donald Penn is an indication that the team is not enamored with the prospect of Tyler Polumbus starting at right tackle. They aren’t going to hand the job to Compton but there could be an actual competition for the job and Compton, entering his third year, could well win it.

Chase Minnifield at nickel—He’s had to battle through injury and now he has to hone his game in many areas, including special teams. If he can put it together, however, and play with the chip on his shoulder he often carries it will be hard to keep him off the field.

Keenan Robinson at Jack linebacker—Yes, he’s been sidelined since Thanksgiving Day, 2012. Yes, the Redskins have signed three free agents who have all done something that Robinson hasn’t—start an NFL game. But he was drafted to move into the middle when London Fletcher retired and he could well do it at some point this season.

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Timeline

—It’s been 87 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 165 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 12; NFL Draft 43; Training camp starts 119

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  1. abanig - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    This is a good list, I’d love this to happen

  2. kenlinkins - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Over the past four years way too many of the Redskins draft picks after the 2nd round never showed or at lease fans never saw any development that transferred to the playing field. Guys would come into training camp, flash a little bit in a preseason game to show why they were drafted, make the team and A. Never be seen again until very late in the year due to injury of starters/ back up and show no improvement, B. Get hurt and miss major time and have to battle back from I/R, C. Just never get a shot in real games. Fans where told it had to do with the way guys practiced, but many of us believed that there was more to the story. Logic would ask why the high percentage of injuries? Were these weak draft picks, gambles or just project type players? Or was the coaching staff to blame for a lack of development? Maybe with a new head coach we will get the answer to those questions as after a 3-13 season where many things went wrong, it should be All hands on deck as the Redskins try to find answers at many positions that broke down in 2013. The above listed players all have a shot to prove they were mishandled in some way and break out in 2014, and if just three of the five become solid players the Redskins will be way ahead of the game.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Good questions but what do you mean “a high percentage of injuries”? Do you have any data suggesting that more Redskins draft picks get injured than draft picks on other teams do?

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      • kenlinkins - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        I do recall a report by Rick Gosselin for 2012 that showed the Redskins number 2 in lost time for starters, add to that J Jenkins, Hankerson, Gomes, Thompson, Hurt, K. Robinson, Crawford, Bernstine, Reed, and Thomas and I am pretty sure the Redskins are in the top quarter for the time frame 2011, 2012, 2013. I do not have any data at hand for 2013 by itself, but with 13 guys on IR at the end of the year I think I am on pretty solid ground but would have to double check before I called it fact.

        • kenlinkins - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

          I can not find a report that outright backs up my claim, but I have found that the Redskins lead the NFL in total IR guys for 2012/2013 with 26 and from 2010 to 2013 the Redskins were 4th. Now if we believe that over a 4 year time frame each NFL team is about equal in the number of draft picks that make the team, roster turn over, free agents lost and free agents signed, general age of the team, good luck and bad luck, that the IR list would be a good leading indicator as to the quality of draft picks NFL health and ability to stay on the field (lacking a report to prove) I think we can at lease say that the Redskins have had a problem in this area, and that it is a area the GM could target to gain over all on the field improvement. I know it is not 100%, but do you agree that the logic holds?

        • rhinochaserdesign - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM

          LOL – You forgot Griffin on your list of injured guys…

    • ajbus1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      To me that’s a training staff problem.

      • alextwrs - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Not when they are drafted with injuries.

  3. alextwrs - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Not only were they injured but they were for a substantial amount of time. This doesnt prove our scouting departments crystal ball is broken but we did draft B Jenkins, Chris Thompson, and J reed when they had injuries last year. One of them really worked out for us. The other two have a lot to prove. This may have provided us with the opportunity to draft them because of thier situations. We need a healthy year and if Gettis can step up and start I think it helps our whole Oline rotation, I like Lich but hes not a fix at center.

    • rhinochaserdesign - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Griffin had major injuries before he got drafted too.

  4. vtsquirm - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    i hope i’m wrong, but i’m very leary of Robinson becoming consistent at WR. If any of our OL projects developed into starting material i would be blown away (Gettis, Compton, LeRiebus, etc). We seem to have the worst luck drafting OL outside of the first two rounds.

    • rhinochaserdesign - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      i’d say it’s something other than bad luck. more likely to be bad scouting. oh yeah…didn’t we actually keep the two guys in charge of scouting from the shanahan admin?

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        I thinkShannahan was doing Great at Rebuilding thisTeam with the Little Resources he had. He Drafted Morris, RG3, Helu, Royster, Kerrigan, Williams, and Reed. All have shown to be productive players. He also Drafted players who have potential like Thomas, Hurt, Amerson, Crawford, Gettis, Leberius, Compton, Robinson and Jenkins

  5. timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I’ve bin saying Gettis should play Center. He is short and stout and I think could easily anchor at the point of attack and is athletic enough to pull. I think Hurt would be a good bet to start at Guard. Draft OT Seantrel Henderson and OG Cyril Richardson and the line is set.

  6. shermanp79 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    If all these guys can actually show the ability to start, it would be GREAT!! They all have been drafted the past couple of years. You didn’t even mention Crawford, I think he could be a factor too. It does make you wonder what Shanahan was doing, not getting the healthy guys more involved last year. He was stubborn in many ways. We all could see changes needed to be made in a few places, and QB wasn’t one. I like AR and had he played more last year we may not of needed to sign Roberts. AR put up numbers in College and I have always thought once he got stronger and better at routes he could put up some numbers to help this team. It would have us closer to winning, for sure. I think the Skins hope it all happens, probably wish they could put on pads next week. They could then see these guys and have an idea of what they can do. It would give them more freedom in the draft. I don’t see them taking a CB or S. They may not even look at OL in a big way. There are so many young guys. I think they will look at ILB and maybe OLB if someone drops to them they like. If Jackson is here, they may take a guy they want but won’t force one. I think they take a Benjamin or Mathews but not the smaller guys. We would have too many and a huge need for a big RZ threat. Maybe they grab a TE?? If a DL guy falls that position could be taken too. I think WR,TE,LB and DL will be there main concerns. I could see them grabbing a Sproales “type” of RB. I like Helu but they may want a faster and shiftier type guy. I think Helu has great hands and could catch 50 but he doesn’t really doesn’t show blazing speed or big plays he did as a rookie. He really wasn’t used either, when you get a carry here or there, it is hard to show his value I think Royster could be a guy who could help someone. He doesn’t have great speed but can catch also, he could be a decent backup. Let’s hope all the young guys can find a role. I just wish some saw more action and some didn’t have injuries. Maybe this team has more talent on it than people think, I guess we will find out in a few months. I thought if they go 8-8, I would be happy with that, along with the organization and direction of a winning Organization.. The more I look at things, they may be capable of a bit more. I am excited about the Draft, even without a 1st rd pick. HTTR!!!

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