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Need to Know: 5 Redskins roster locks who will be playing vs. Bucs tonight

Aug 28, 2014, 5:36 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 28, two days before the Redskins cut their roster to 53.

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Here are five players who some think are on the roster bubble and will be playing vs. the Bucs tonight who are locks for a roster spot.

Colt McCoy—I’ve gone back and forth on the third QB question but I just don’t see Jay Gruden going with two this year. I don’t think they want to trade Kirk Cousins but I think they want to keep their options open.

Josh LeRibeus—If you’d asked me in March if I’d be using “LeRibeus” and “roster lock” in the same sentence I would have called you crazy. But he showed up this spring in shape and has worked his way onto the roster. It was clinched when Adam Gettis and Mike McGlynn were released.

Aldrick Robinson—I know you’re tired of him being the “offseason MVP”, catching tons of passes in OTAs and training camp and then disappearing when the regular season starts. But his solid offseason, strong finish to last year (12 receptions, 213 yards in December), and, most important, his speed will buy him another year.

Adam Hayward—If you haven’t caught the coin toss ceremony before the preseason games, you might have missed the fact that Hayward has come out as the special teams captain. That cements his position on a team starving for solid special teams play.

E.J. Biggers—There was zero buzz when he was brought back on a minimum-salary deal but he has performed well in training camp. He became a lock when Gruden mentioned him as a possible replacement for the suspended Brandon Meriweather.

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins travel to Tampa, no availability

—It’s been 242 days since the Redskins played a game; in 10 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 2; Home opener vs. Jaguars 17; Redskins @ Eagles 24

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  1. kenlinkins - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Rich: IMO the Redskins major concern right now is the O-Line and how / when they transition the two draft picks into the starting line up at (RG, RT) and how well the center holds up. With Gettis and McGlynn getting cut, the Redskins are locked into Kory L at center which IMO is a major weakness, but I just didn’t see a better answer on the roster (Chester is the other major weakness on this line and he is now the back up center?) Until the pocket passing game of RG3 gets faster and the O-Line gets much better, the high scoring, 1967 style Redskins bombs away offense will not show up. Tonight, I want to watch the O-Line (whoever plays center, RG and RT) and see just how far away they are from being ready (yes I understand they are blocking #2’s but I can watch the form they use) before I start planning on taking the “OVER” on the Redskins betting line! Rich: Have you ever seen a designed broken play (which is where I think RG3 will be the most dangerous)? It seems the short term plan at O-Line has shown mixed results at best.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Re: E.J. Biggers

    I’d guess that Tracy Porter’s continuing injury problems help seal the deal, too.
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    • Rich Tandler - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Porter will play tonight but, yes, that’s certainly a factor.

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      • kenlinkins - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Rich: Would it be better for the Cap if the Redskins placed Porter on I/R vs. cutting him? Would the Redskins cut him after signing a two year deal? It is starting to look like he was damaged goods. Is he playing for a roster spot tonight or IYO is he a lock for the 53 man roster already? Would the Redskins cut a healthly Crawford or Minnifield and keep an hurt Porter? Why didn’t Porter start off on the PUP list?

        • Rich Tandler - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

          Would pay salary if on IR, would not if cut besides eating $2 million SB. I think he’s a 99% lock.

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      • deepball1 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Porter if healthy is a solid DB. I don’t know why so many people have a problem with him. If his Hammy is okay then the Skins are strong at cornerback.

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

          “if healthy” is the problem.

          He’s often injured.
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  3. deepball1 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Here’s a thought: right now the most important injury for the Redskins offensive line is………………………………..

    Jadaveon Clowney. He is still not practicing. I think that hernia surgery may still be bothering him. Sometimes when a hernia is fixed…it puts more strain on another area of the abdomen and then you get another hernia in a different spot. I am not a doctor, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  4. mauriceatwood - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Keeping McCoy is a big deal for sure and demonstrates to me that Cousins could be traded, but man I certainly hope not. It would be hard to turn down a first or second round pick for him, if they could get that much, which I think they could depending on the team and time of season. Trading for anything less than that wouldn’t be smart, and I believe Bruce Allen is well aware of the stock that Cousins has right now. But, I want him to remain a Redskin.

    • manchild157 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I think it you only look at McCoy and Cousins this year then there is not a huge gap between their talent. Seems McCoy got a bit shell shocked playing for the Browns.

    • rtcwon - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Nobody would give up a third for Cousins at the draft, no way anybody goes higher than a fourth until the next draft.

  5. gasngo14 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Keeping McCoy just tells me they worry if RG3 can stay healthy!

  6. kenlinkins - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Which is it? McCoy is playing tonight or Cousin is not playing tonight? There is a big difference. Is McCoy playing for a spot on the roster or is he playing to keep Cousin out of harms way in case a trade is in works? Either way, who is the back up in case McCoy get knocked out of the game for a while?

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Not sure what you’re asking. Why can’t it be both? I think McCoy is on and they want him to play more snaps in the offense in case he’s needed at some point. Should he get injured, Cousins will play.

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  7. skinsgame - Sep 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Blame the line, blame bad luck. Fact is, Griffin REPEATEDLY puts the team in horrible position. His choices to throw 3 yard check down passes on 2nd or 3rd and forever is EXACTLY what he did last year. Not seeing wide open receivers or throwing anyone open is precisely what he did all last year. He is making everyone worse than they are. That throw to Roberts wasn’t a “pocket pass. His completions are all puby dump offs with YAC. Excuses are running dry.

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