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Need to Know: How many new players will make the Redskins’ 53?

Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 13, 11 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—Yes, I know that Tanard Jackson told ESPN 980 that he intended to appeal his latest indefinite suspension. But word of the suspension came via a statement from the league office, not a media reports. That means that all appeals have been exhausted. It may be a moot point anyway at least as far as the Redskins are concerned. Even if he somehow is able to get reinstated relatively quickly it is hard to see how the Redskins could give Jackson, who has now been suspended four times, another chance. He has pulled the rug out from under the team twice now, in a major way in 2012 when he was slated to be the starter at safety and in a lesser way recently. It just wouldn’t be smart for the Redskins to give Jackson a third chance even if the league gives him a fifth chance.

—The conventional wisdom out there is that the Redskins keeping three quarterbacks is a done deed, that Colt McCoy will be the emergency backup being Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. That is what I have said and although I’m sticking to it for now I have some doubt that McCoy will stay. Jay Gruden has talked about the importance of depth on the offensive line. Last year they carried just eight offensive linemen and I think that they will go with at least nine, maybe 10. That roster spot is going to have to come from somewhere and it could be QB. They could also keep five running backs with Chris Thompson working as the punt returner. That decision could squeeze McCoy off of the roster as well.

—Seven weeks from today the 53-man roster will be finalized. There could be more surprises than just a two-quarterback look. Early in the offseason Bruce Allen said that he expected there to be 25 players on the roster who are new to the organization. I projected a 53-man roster last month (offense, defense) staying largely within the consensus opinion and I had 20 new players. That means that there will be at least a few surprises. I could take a stab at picking some names but it’s best to wait until we have a week or so of training camp observations to work with. Some of the surprises on the 53, in fact, might not even be on the 90-man roster yet. Last year safety Jose Gumbs finalized his contract as he was stretching on the field before his first practice in Richmond. He was a surprise inclusion on the final roster a year ago.

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—Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher was born on this date in 1982.

—It’s been 196 days since the Redskins played a game; in 56 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 25; Final cuts 48; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 64

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  1. abanig - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM


    Griff, Cousins

    Morris, Helu, Seastrunk


    Garcon, Jackson, Roberts, Moss, Robinson, Grant

    Reed, Paulsen, Paul

    Williams, Compton
    Lauvao, McGlynn
    Lichtensteiger, Gettis
    Chester, Long
    Polumbus, Moses




    Jenkins, Bowen
    Cofield, Baker, Neild
    Hatcher, Geathers


    Robinson, Hayward
    Riley, Sharpton


    Orakpo, Jackson, Jenkins
    Kerrigan, Murphy


    Hall, Amerson, Porter, Breeland, Minnifield


    Meriweather, Thomas


    Clark, Rambo


    Special Teams:







    = 53

    – We keep 10 offensive lineman, 6 WRs – we have a lot of youth at each position group that needs developed so we keep them. Sadly, LeRibeus doesn’t make it, but not because he didn’t improve. He didn’t make it because Chester bounces back to have a great camp and preseason, we drafted Spencer Long, Gettis is a better option at center, and McGlynn is veteran, a better option at center & a Gruden guy (LeRibeus isn’t)

    -Hayward makes it over Akeem Jordan because of his Special teams play.


    Doug Worthington
    Chris Thompson
    Cody Hoffman
    Will Compton
    Ted Bolser
    Courtney Bridget
    Akeem Davis
    Silas Redd


    1. Leonard Hankerson – word is he probably work be ready to be a full go when camp starts on the 24th. I think he comes back either week 6 or 8, and we will probably have a few injuries, so it won’t be hard to find room for him on the 53 man roster.

    2. Richard Crawford – word is he probably work be ready to be a full go when camp starts on the 24th, like Hank, I think the what thing to do here is to put him on the PUP and get them 100% confident in their knees in the second months of the season so hopefully they can contribute the last 6 to 8 weeks of the season.

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      At a quick count I have 16 players new to the organization on your roster. Not going to be that stable.

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      • abanig - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Well, I’m not sure where to cut. I personally do think Chester, Polumbus, Lichtensteiger, Gettis and possibly Compton make the team (if we keep 10 OL, which I am).

        RBs won’t have Royster – Thompson to PS

        The TEs will be the same

        WRs I believe the keep 6. I think Moss shows his value and I think it’s strongly possible Gruden falls in love with Robinson’s speed and of course Grant Makes it.

        The DL will be identical except for Hatcher & Geathers. There’s a chance Bowen is cut if he’s not healthy, but I personally don’t see it happening.

        We have 1 new OLB and there aren’t any other possibilities there – other than Jenkins or Jackson not making it

        We have 2 new ILBs and again the only other possibility would be that Akeem Jordan makes it

        We have 2 new CBs and 1 new safety. Again, I don’t see any other possibilities there. If Minifield didn’t make it, it would be Crawford (who I have PUP anyways). At safety, I guess if Rambo doesn’t make it there would be Akeem Davis, but I think Trenton Robinson has as good a shot as even Rambo and better than Davis and Robinson was here last year.

        I believe in Kai Forbath (Cobra Kai is ‘My Guy!’ So, Hocker doesn’t make it.

        • kenlinkins - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

          Rich: I could see 20 to 23 new faces, QB0/1, RB 1/2, WR 4/5, OL4, TE0/1 DL 3/4, LB3, DB 3.

  2. kenlinkins - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    This is where having a new head coach makes it hard to read the tea leaves. Rich: You are about to enter a target rich environment with so many new story lines. Youth movement, new position coach’s, about 38 new names on the 90 man roster including 20 rookies, high draft picks that have not panned out yet, 20 Vets with 6 or more years already in the NFL, loaded WR position, too many OG’s, 7 or 8 guys with over $1 million in cap savings if cut, 53 man roster break out (Practice Squad), 2 or 3 QB’s, and the list go’s on! IMO the Redskins will not have 25 new faces unless you count the Practice Squad. How coach Gruden values young guys he believes can/ will development into the next step (PS to Special teams, SP to Back Up player, BP to Starter) will be the key. IMO coach Gruden will be looking for the best 53 players where coach Shanahan looked for players who fit his system and did one thing well but had major weakness in other areas and never developed (I think this tipped coach Shanahan’s hand to often and allowed other teams to attack the Redskins at those areas). But until the pads go on and these 90 guys play 2 or 3 preseason games we will not know just what coach Gruden and GM Allen are thinking. It will be a very interesting preseason. By this time last year I had 50 of the 53 guys who made the roster correct, today, I still have 75 who could make it.

  3. kenlinkins - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I would like to see the Redskins try moving Amerson to Safety with Thomas, Have Hall, Porter, and Biggers play the CB’s Plus Try Rambo and Davis at Safety with Crawford, Breeland and Minnifield at the CB in a few of the Preseason games. This would allow the Redskins to cut both Clark and Meriweather who I do not believe can handle the Safety positions. In 2013, the Redskins planned on starting Rambo, Thomas and Amerson, three rookies, so having three young guys in the D-backfield should not be a concern. The Redskins have to find out if they have ANY answers to the D-backfield concerns in the young guys (which I think they do). The best way to find out is by playing them. Coach Shanahan didn’t do this, he had this rule of practicing well to get on the field, even in preseason games. I think this was a major part of the failure to develop players as many guys are gamers and play much better than they practice. The truth is we just do not know how these guys will play in games until they do. NOTE to coach Gruden: Try moving a few guys around in the D-backfield, you just might find a better combo than a 35 year old FS, and a SS who is OUT way to often (and both do not play Special Teams). With Clark and Meriweather, the bar seems set pretty low!

    • abanig - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      I definitely would like to see us try playing Amerson at FS in the preseason (I doubt they will) but I’d like to see it as well. I really, really would like to see Amerson get time at FS, so we could find out if he could be the answer there.

      That being said, Amerson would have to look like our best option at FS (which I doubt we play him there) and Porter would have to look better than Amerson at CB, in order for Clark or Meriweather to be cut.

      I’m 99% sure Clark & Meriweather will make this team and be the starting safeties at the beginning of the year. Neither one is making more than 2 million and we need Clark for his knowledge with helping develop our young safeties – Davis, Rambo, Robinson and Thomas.

      • ET - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        I think Amerson could probably make a damn good safety given a little time. That said, I don’t understand why the coaches would want to disrupt him at CB. Amerson will be a great CB, too, and it’s not like the Skins have amazing depth there, either.

        It’ll be interesting to see what Porter, Minnefield, and Thomas can do in the preseason. Both Thomas and Minnefield have a ton of upside, as does Breeland. I’m rooting for them all, but they need time to develop and/or get used to full speed and full contact. THAT’s why we need the Porter / Clark / Meriweather bandaids. It does little good to throw players into these very demanding positions before they’re ready (as happened with Rambo). Archives

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