Apr 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT
The Redskins have had one of the most stable rosters in the NFL since 2011.
Yes, that is “Redskins” and the concept of “stability” being used in the same statement.
A couple of bloggers at NFL.com took a look at how many players each NFL team had on its current roster who suited up for at least one game at some point during the 2011 season. According to the article, the Redskins have 25 such players, tied with the Packers for the most in the NFL.
I went through and came up with 24 such players. I’m not sure where the difference is as they don’t list the players. It’s possible that they counted Aldrick Robinson, who was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for the last game of the season but he was inactive and so he did not “suit up”.
In any case, here are the 24 players left from 2011:
- Chris Baker
- Stephen Bowen
- Chris Chester
- Barry Cofield
- Kedric Golston
- DeAngelo Hall
- Leonard Hankerson
- Roy Helu
- Maurice Hurt
- Rob Jackson
- Jarvis Jenkins
- Ryan Kerrigan
- Kory Lichtensteiger
- Santana Moss
- Chris Neild
- Brian Orakpo
- Niles Paul
- Logan Paulsen
- Tyler Polumbus
- Perry Riley
- Evan Royster
- Nick Sundberg
- Trent Williams
- Darrel Young
There seems to be a pretty good chance that most of them will make it past the final cuts in August. Moss, Hurt and Royster could be on the bubble and some players like Bowen and Chester might be forced to choose between taking a cut in pay and being released. There will be some surprises here and there, too.
But even if a few fall by the wayside, the Redskins will still go into the season in the top 25 percent in terms of stability. The group has been through something of a roller coaster ride with the team going 5-11 in 2011, improving to 10-6 and winning the NFC East in 2012 and crashing to 3-13 last year.
All but six of them (Golston, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Young) were brought to the team by Mike Shanahan. Six of them had expiring contracts this spring and have been re-signed by the team (Baker, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Riley) The outcome of Jay Gruden’s first couple of years on the job will hinge largely on the performance of players brought in by his predecessor, who was fired in December.
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