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Redskins among NFL’s most stable teams

Apr 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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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:

  1. Chris Baker
  2. Stephen Bowen
  3. Chris Chester
  4. Barry Cofield
  5. Kedric Golston
  6. DeAngelo Hall
  7. Leonard Hankerson
  8. Roy Helu
  9. Maurice Hurt
  10. Rob Jackson
  11. Jarvis Jenkins
  12. Ryan Kerrigan
  13. Kory Lichtensteiger
  14. Santana Moss
  15. Chris Neild
  16. Brian Orakpo
  17. Niles Paul
  18. Logan Paulsen
  19. Tyler Polumbus
  20. Perry Riley
  21. Evan Royster
  22. Nick Sundberg
  23. Trent Williams
  24. 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.

  1. cowboyhater - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Roster stability is good if the players that are retrained improve the overall performance of this team. 5-11, 10-6, and then back to 3-13 doesn’t indicate this. We’ll see how that works out going into this season.

    • cowboyhater - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      retained that is….not retrained, but you get what I was saying….

  2. internetcareer - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    stability or same ole players has nothing to do with winning or losing. Its about talent and fitting the right talent in the right system….and then as we all know, it’s all about GRIFFIN. If he does what he did in 2012 then the Skins make the playoffs.

    Yes the Redskins have had no consistency in winning over the last 3 years, but that was all on Mike Shanahan. The Cancer has been removed. Attitude has a lot to do with winning or losing.

    • kenlinkins - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      OH so right. Going 5-11 to 10-6 then dropping to 3-13 is not what I would call stability. Maybe if they said “The Redskins roster is one of the most stable” the WTF would not have come flying out of my mouth when I first saw the head line. IMO there will be more than avg turn over this year. Preseason battles should be fun to watch and another reason to read this web site.

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