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

Jun 24, 2014, 4:53 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 24, 30 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Nickel coverage

Last week I put up my projected final roster on the offensive side of the ball. Yesterday I finished it off by picking the defense. In the tradition of March Madness bracketology, here are the first five out (the five players closest to making it who didn’t).

OLB Brandon Jenkins—According to outside linebackers coach Brian Baker the light is starting to come on for Jenkins. That’s good, but his attitude on playing special teams has to do a complete 180-degree turn for him to make the roster. He does have practice squad eligibility.

ILB Jeremy Kimbrough—He was a practice squad player last year and he has been making a strong push for a roster spot by picking off a lot of passes in OTAs and minicamp. It looks like the numbers are working against him, however, and he could be slated for another year on the practice squad.

CB Chase Minnifield—Many were surprised when he was cut before the season last year. He made it back to the 53 after a stretch on the practice squad but he has yet to take an NFL snap. The team signed Tracy Porter and drafted Bashaud Breeland, likely pushing Minnifield to the outside looking in.

S Bacarri Rambo—He fell a long way last year, from starting the season opener to being a seldom-used reserve. Perhaps if he improves his tackling and plays special teams he can steal a roster spot because he does have the ball hawk instincts the team wants.

S Akeem Davis—There’s often a low-level buzz about a player during the offseason program and Davis is getting it this year. He hasn’t played great from what I have been able to see but you can’t really judge a safety without pads. Even if he makes a strong push, however, I don’t see how he gets past both Rambo and Tanard Jackson.

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Timeline

—It’s been 177 days since the Redskins played a game; in 75 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 30; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 44; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 82

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  1. kenlinkins - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    What I do not understand is the mindset of “I do not play Special Teams” from these younger guys. Why leave the door open to someone else to gain a roster spot? The first goal of any rookie in the NFL should be to make the team and your odds of doing that double if you can work with the Punt or Kick off teams in Training Camp. Unless you have a starting position locked down or where a very high draft pick the first move you should make is to the Special Teams Coach asking for a try out. While playing Special Teams will increase your injury risk by about 50%, you have 0% chance of cashing a game check if you are not on the 53 man roster! And lets be clear, after winning games, cashing as many game checks as you can is the goal of every player in the NFL. You will NEVER have the chance again in your life time to cash in like you do as an NFL Player on a 53 man roster, why in the world would you allow someone else to gain an edge on you by saying “I do not play Special Teams”? KNOCK ,KNOCK ( Hey rook, coach wants to see you and bring your play book!) is not the time to rethink Special Teams!

  2. Ken Stevens - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Every time I read something about Minnifield’s performance it’s good. Crawford was really developing and making plays before he got hurt. Everything I read about Tracey Porter is about how ordinary he is. I can see the extra value in Biggers because he can play S, but if the aforementioned youngsters are at least playing on par with Porter you have to keep the kids.

  3. mrhart76 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    They had better keep Jenkins because he will go someplace else and have a good career. Why give up on him after a year and draft Murphy? It explains why we are consistent losers.

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