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Need to Know: 5 Redskins on the wrong side of the roster bubble on offense

Jun 21, 2014, 5:34 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 21, 33 days before the Redskins start training camp.

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Yesterday, I posted my 53-man roster prediction for the players on offense. In the tradition of March Madness bracketology, here are my first five off of the roster (the five who came closest to making it) and why I think they will ultimately end up on the wrong side of the bubble.

OL Josh LeRibeus—He reported to the offseason program in excellent shape and has been doing everything he’s been asked. But it looks like the versatility of Adam Gettis, who can play guard and center, will doom LeRibeus to the waiver wire.

OL Tom Compton—It’s just a matter of numbers. They are only going to keep three tackles and they are likely to be Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, and third-round pick Morgan Moses.

WR Aldrick Robinson—If he has made the leap from being a fast guy to being a fast NFL-caliber wide receiver he didn’t really show it during what the media could see of the offseason program. Unless Leonard Hankerson starts the year on the PUP list there doesn’t appear to be room for Robinson.

RB Chris Thompson—He has played in just 18 games (14 at Florida State, 4 for Washington) since the start of the 2011 season. Unless he explodes as a returner during the preseason it’s hard to see him staying around.

TE Ted Bolser—We just haven’t seen him do much during the practices open to the media. He does have a chance to force his way on if proves to be a special teams standout during the preseason.

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—It’s been 174 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 78 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 33; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 47; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 87

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  1. redskindave - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Definitely makes sense to me. From what it looks like, Gettis has been working his tail off for quite some time. What do you feel about the udfa’s possible roles?

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      I don’t think I’ll have any UDFAs on my 53 at this point, can’t tell enough in minicamp. But will keep an eye on them in camp.

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  2. darrynhyman - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Rich…the corner out of Hampton, Bridgit, has some size…minicamp isn’t a total indicator of much, but how did he look in terms of his fluidity and techinique?

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Technique seems pretty good, he uses his size well. Saw him get torched by Jackson a couple of times but no shame in that.

      CB pretty crowded, he’ll have to be great on special teams to have a legit shot.

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  3. thirdistheworrd - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I don’t think there’s any way Aldrick stays. He was a poor man’s DeSean Jackson to begin with, and now that we actually have the rich man’s DeSean Jackson, what’s the point? Even if Hankerson starts on PUP, I don’t see why we’d weaken the depth of another positiion just to get the already redundant Robinson a redundant spot at the deepest position on the team. If Aldrick stays, it essentially means that Rambo, Akeem Davis, or Brandon Jenkins goes. The team will carry six receivers, so depending on Hankerson’s health, Robinson may be in the mix for the moment, but he may be the most “on the bubble” player in NFL history– I feel like the minute Hank can turn and cut, Robinson’s Redskins tenure is over.

  4. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Some interesting final cuts and I think a few you’ll be spot. However, I don’t see Josh LeRibeus being cut. Rich, I know you have superior insight on the team. Because Josh has shown to be improved both physically and on the field according to Chris Foerster, I think he makes the team and could be pleasant surprise where in the lease will boost our depth at line.

    I see your point about his lack of versatility but he is very athletic and brings allot of promise to the team. My bold prediction is that Chris Chester will be on the final cut list.

    • tnt66 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      I agree. Do not think LeRibeous will be cut. Think Chester is a probable cut.

  5. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    RIch, i find it very hard to see any reports on Adam Gettis’ progress. I’m lucky to even read a single line statement about his work. Can you provide a quick statement on what you have seen out of him recently?

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      He’s been lining up with the third team. He moves pretty well and seems to be in the right place most of the time. But I’m not going to go overboard with evaluating based on practice in shorts. Let’s take a look for a week or so in Richmond and take it from there.

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      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Thank You! What I have read on him is that he maintains a good base and very sound technique. However, will that be enough for him to make the squad due to his lack of size, is my biggest question for him. I also read he gets pushed back at times off the line. Could you tell if he has added some weight on that frame of his?

  6. skinsdawg - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I agree with every bit of this….. with the lone exception maybe being Ted Bolser. And that could be dead-on too. But I’d like to see more, and to learn more about what he can do, before we condemn him to the waiver-wire. Niles Paul is excellent on ST. But he stinks as a TE. And Logan is solid- but nothing special. Reed is the special TE on the roster. If Bolser can be that second, excellent pass receiving TE (which is what he’s known for)…. then time for NP to go. Plenty of others that can be good ST guys. And Logan is the 3rd TE we keep. I like all the other cuts.

    LeRibeous stinks, and he’s had plenty of chance. He blew it. Gettis is better, and he’s versatile. Aldrick Robinson is not an NFL reciever. He’s a track star. Bothing special at all about Compton, or he would have emerged last year, when the O-Line was dismal. I like Thompson. But I like Seastrunk, and he’s the regime’s draft pick. So he’ll be here. Backfield = Morris, Helu, Seastrunk, Young. If one other guy makes it…. it should be Thompson.

  7. channer81 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    If we cut Thompson and he proves to be healthy down the road on another team, we will absolutely be paying for it. Kid has moves and quickness no one else in our backfield has.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      The “and he proves to be healthy” part is very problematic. Not sure you can burn a spot on the 53 waiting for that to happen. Archives

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