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Post-draft Redskins depth chart review–Offense

May 14, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT


Here is a look at how the Redskins’ depth chart stacks up after last week’s NFL draft. Today we examine the offense; we’ll survey the defensive side of the ball later in the week.

(Note: Since undrafted free agent signings have not been announced by the team they will not be included in this post.)


Starter: Robert Griffin III
Reserves: Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

The only question here is if they keep two or three quarterbacks. If it’s two, McCoy is out.

Wide receiver

Starters: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson
Reserves: Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Ryan Grant, Nick Williams

Besides Roberts, the backups here are very much in flux. It would not be shocking to see any of them make the 53 and it would not be all that surprising to see any of them get cut. The team will almost certainly sign a few college and/or veteran free agents here for OTAs and training camp.

Tight end

Starter: Jordan Reed
Reserves: Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Ted Bolser

They kept four tight ends last year. Paul’s special teams prowess made it an easy decision. Bolser will have to fight his way onto the roster the same way.

Running back

Starters: Alfred Morris, Darrel Young
Reserves: Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, Lache Seastrunk

This will be an interesting situation. Morris is the clear starter but Gruden prefers a quicker, faster running back. Helu, Thompson, and Seastrunk all fit that description to one degree or another. There could be a competition for both roster spots and perhaps the starting job that goes in to 2015.

Offensive line

Starters: Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus
Reserves: Tom Compton, Morgan Moses, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus, Maurice Hurt, Spencer Long, Kevin Kowalski, Tevita Stevens

The only reserve tackles here are Compton and Moses; they might shed some inside reserves to pick up more at tackle. Besides Williams and probably Lauvao the starting jobs are up for grabs. The only reserves who seem to be assured of a roster spot are Long, Moses and McGlynn. Training camp should be fun for fans of offensive line play.

  1. theismann7 - May 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Good catch on the “Andre Reed” Rich…I signed up to let you know it was Jordan….you beat me to it :)

    • Rich Tandler - May 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Truth be told, a Twitter follower tipped me off. But feel free to chime in any time!

  2. alextwrs - May 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    If Lich does not start at C, where does that leave him. Will he compete for a guard spot as he tries to put on weight or is he used as a versatile rotation guy as a backup G/C. Would he be looked at as expendable based on his contract. I am pretty sure he took a pay cut. I dont wanna see him go, but I like Gettis and Long better than McGlynn/Lich at center. I think Ribs shape this year might be the main factor.

    • Rich Tandler - May 14, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      I’m not sure if they keep any of Steiger, Chester or Polumbus if they aren’t starters. Tough to pay backups $2.5-$3 million. If they have solid confidence in whoever beats any of the out, could be gone.

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      • alextwrs - May 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        I agree with cutting those as they have underplayed thier contracts.

      • shermanp79 - May 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        I think Steiger is too small and would love Long or someone else to play C. I think Chester could bounce back but cutting those 3 saves money. I like Polumbus and think he can get better to be a decent starter somewhere. I believe it’s only his 3rd year and he improved last year. He rated better than the FA signed. Moses may be 315 now, same as Polumbus but he will play bigger and think he is more powerful. That will always probably be true and why Moses will win out at some point. I think he has more talent. Maybe we could put a trade package with a few and ship to Cle. LOL They clearly need help. How they didn’t take one WR in this Draft is crazy. Another guy who can’t help but smoke himself out. He can call Davis. I think Gordon would have put up numbers for years with Manziel, look what he did with No QB.

  3. alextwrs - May 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Does anybody get a Lariebus feeling about Long. A lot of the same things were said about ribs and long like they have the ability to play center but specialize at guard. Another thing, it is safe to say Ribs was a reach when drafted in the third round and Long seems like one as well. Yea I know only time will tell but I got a weird feeling when they announced his name.

    • Rich Tandler - May 14, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      It was funny at the time but LeRibeus’ initial conference call to the media the day he was drafted showed a huge red flag. He joked about earning the nickname “X-Box” because he weighed 360 at one point. Somehow I don’t think that Long has ever had that issue and if he did he wouldn’t be proud of it.

      Doesn’t mean that Long will succeed but I can guarantee that he won’t blow his chance to line up with the first team on Day One of OTAs by showing up shaped like the Goodyear blimp. Long takes things a considerably more seriously.

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      • alextwrs - May 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        I didnt mention that Long had a weight problem. Just that they were unknown commodoties draftedn well ahead of expert grades. No, long does not have a weight problem. Noted

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        We’ve made a lot of draft picks at O.L. and at WR that have not worked out, he typed sadly.

        • internetcareer - May 14, 2014 at 11:26 PM

          there is no “WEVE”. There is only Him. There is only Vinnie Cerrato. Even Mike Shanahan got our only Pro Bowl offensive linemen. And at least Shanahan brought in Garcon even though he didn’t draft him. Vinnie is the guy who wasted 3 number 2 picks on receivers. Vinnie is the one who never drafted even ONE SINGLE interior lineman who has ever been to a Pro Bowl in all those years of drafting. At least Shanahan has a good excuse because it took so many draft picks to get Robert.

          Did I mention Vinnie was an idiot. But…lets not label the current coach and G.M. who are starting with a CLEAN SLATE.

  4. greed - May 14, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    why do we forget the impact lerebieus had in the last couple weeks of 2012 he & m hurt showed they wete capable linemen in nfl onlt reason he was in dogghouse was the shannys prefer lighter linemen anyways seems he petfect for grudens system

    • Rich Tandler - May 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      He did do well late in 2012 and he was rewarded with plans to have him start the year at left guard, moving Steiger to center. But he showed up overweight and blew his chance; that’s why he’s in anyone’s “doghouse”.

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      • rhinochaserdesign - May 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Rich do you know if weight was the only issue for McRibeus? Or were there other factors as well?

        • Rich Tandler - May 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

          Pretty much that and the surrounding work ethic issues. They liked his game in practice in 2012 and his fill-in work late in the season.

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      • internetcareer - May 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Leribeus just text me from the Taco Bell in Alexandria. He says you mentioned something about “Doghouse”.
        He wants to know if that is a new place that sells Chili Dogs and where is the location cause he needs a snack after he leaves Taco Bell.

  5. internetcareer - May 14, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    gonna post it again Rich. You have missed on Ted Bolser. WarDaddy is going to make it in my opinion. He reminds me of Gronkowski. Great hands and severe blocking. He WILL make the roster minus injuries. WOULD be shocking to me to see Ryan Grant get cut. It might not shock you, but it would shock me. They drafted him for a reason and that reason is great hands and the ability to catch the football when it is thrown to him. Something Hankerson, Nick Williams. and Robinson have not displayed consistently. My money is on Ryan Grant being on that roster. But obviously Gruden and injuries make the final call.

  6. internetcareer - May 15, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    hey Rich, why don’t you do an article and a documentary on the 2 screen passes that the Redskins have run over the last 4 years.

    Seriously though, I hope Gruden plans to implement this banned play called “THE SCREEN PASS” now that Shanahan is gone and Morris wants to catch more passes and since we have Chris Thompson, Helu, and Lache all competing for 3rd down playing time.

  7. kenlinkins - May 15, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    I am STILL not sold on Kory L at center or Chester at RG as starters. McGlynn should be able to push for a starting job at center and there seems to be 4 guys (Long, Gettis, LeRibes and Hurt) could win the starting RG job. We could also see a Camp Body make a run at either position as unlikely as that seems. Rich: Coach Gruden didn’t keep a FB at Cincinnati, what are the odds that Young doesn’t make the 53 man roster? Any trade value left in the NFL for FB who plays Special Teams or could Young make a position of FB, H-Back, Small TE to increase his value over Royster or Thomas?

  8. alextwrs - May 15, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    I still remember Helu coming out of the backfield cathching a ball and scorching the eagles Defense for 60 yards. It would be nice to see that again (2011 of course but he was healthy). Welcome screen pass with open arms people!

  9. skins4me - May 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    I agree with a lot of the things you say, most of the time. But to not have Moses as a sure thing to make this roster is dumb. Morgan Moses Will start at right Tackle. He and Trent will bookend this Oline for the next 5 plus years.

    • Rich Tandler - May 15, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      I’m sorry, I meant to say that the only interior reserves assured of a spot are Long and McGlynn. Moses will make the team, I corrected the error. Archives

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