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Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who will be pushed by draft picks

May 4, 2015, 5:39 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 4, 43 days before the Washington Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.

Nickel coverage

NFL rosters are a zero sum game; when one player wins a job, another loses his. Here are five Redskins who could get pushed out by players they just drafted.

S Phillip Thomas—He was on top of the depth chart at strong safety for a while but then they signed Jeron Johnson as the presumed starter and Duke Ihenacho as competition. Now comes sixth-round pick Kyshoen Jarrett, who may have an edge due to special teams play.

ILB Will Compton—After going from being an undrafted free agent in 2013 to the practice squad that year to making the 53-man roster in 2014, Compton will have another battle on his hands. Martrell Spaight was a tackling machine at Arkansas and he’ll push Compton hard for a backup spot. There doesn’t appear to be room for both of them.

G Josh LeRibeus—The current coaching staff doesn’t seem to have much faith in LeRibeus, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. It’s hard to see him holding on to his roster spot if fourth round pick Arie Kouandjio, who is two inches taller and more of the power blocker the team is now looking for, shows much of anything.

RB Silas Redd—Many thought that the Redskins would draft a third-down back, putting Chris Thompson’s job in jeopardy. But Matt Jones is a power back who also might get carries when Alfred Morris needs a rest. Redd was in line for the relief back role so if they only keep three running backs Redd could be on the bubble.

WR Andre Roberts—Jamison Crowder taking Roberts’ roster spot is something of a long shot but I wouldn’t rule it out if Crowder can pick up the slot receiver job in a hurry. Cutting Roberts post-June 1 would cost $1 million in dead money but save $2.75 million against the cap. There would be a leftover dead cap charge of $2 million next year. Jamison’s presence if probably more of a threat to Roberts’ job security in 2016.


—It’s been 126 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 133 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 44; Redskins training camp starts 88; Redskins @ Giants 144

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  1. tralfaz10 - May 4, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    I agree with all but one of these. I don’t know about the Silas Redd theory, Rich. He has been more productive (and healthier) than Chris Thompson and Matt Jones is actually a better 3rd down back despite his size. He is hailed for his pass blocking and his hands out of the backfield. Third down situations. Both of those translate to Thompson, not Redd being on the hot seat. If you were Robert Griffin, who would you want blocking for you on 3rd and longs. Thompson or Jones? HTTR!

    • troylok - May 4, 2015 at 6:27 AM

      Factor in Thompson’s injury history and I would say his situation is a little more precarious than that of Silas Redd.

      I don’t agree on Compton. I think the guy on the bubble is Hayward. Compton played well in spot duty last season – well enough for some to start talking about him taking Riley’s job from him. Hayward finished the season on IR and his special teams performance has been sliding. If Spaight shows he can be a tackling machine on special teams, Hayward’s job no longer seems so secure.

      • Rich Tandler - May 4, 2015 at 7:33 AM

        I considered Hayward instead of W. Compton but I just don’t think that they will let the special teams captain go when they are trying to bring along a group of young special teams players. We’ll see.

      • ET - May 4, 2015 at 10:37 AM

        Compton v. Hayward is a tough one.

        The coaches seem to really like them both, and they both filled their roles well last year, IMO.

        But Hayward didn’t get many non-ST snaps, while Compton did. (Advantage Compton?) I think Spaight will be a playmaker, and can’t just stash the SEC’s tackling leader on the practice squad.

    • Rich Tandler - May 4, 2015 at 7:31 AM

      Redd hasn’t produced much of anything outside of garbage time. Thompson has speed and will get a shot because of that.

      • tralfaz10 - May 4, 2015 at 8:45 AM

        But he has to be on the field. Something he has had trouble with.

        • tralfaz10 - May 4, 2015 at 8:54 AM

          In 2014: Thompson had three carries for 12 yards…and one of those went for 7. Not much production.
          In 2014: Redd had 16 carries for 75 yards for a 4.7 yard average. Garbage time or not. He is playing NFL defenders.
          I am just saying I would take the consistant 4.7 over the home run any day.

        • bowlregard - May 4, 2015 at 9:24 AM

          The fact that Thompson is fast might mean they would like him in certain situations. If it’s third and long, or they’re playing catch up where they must throw the ball, he might make the offense that much more explosive.

          Now is the idea we’d only carry three not including FB Darrell Young?

      • troylok - May 4, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        Yes, Gruden is looking for a speed back. I don’t know if they will bring in a UFA to or two to provide some more competition. The issue with Thompson is and has always been the injury bug. I’m not sure the guy can stay healthy long enough to win a job.

    • shermanp79 - May 4, 2015 at 10:04 AM

      What I read about Jones was he hasn’t been a pass catching back. They said he has good hands which hopefully translates on the field. Also Jones is a true power back, a down hill runner. He is here to spell Morris and possibly replace him in a year.

      I can’t see Redd staying over Thompson if he stays healthy. He is the one with great speed and fits the 3rd down back role. I think Redd can do the 3rd down role but it would be nice to have better speed. We heard Gruden mention “speed” multiple times. I could see them sign a UDFA for more competition but Gruden really likes Thompson.

      • ET - May 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        Gruden seems to like both Redd and Thompson, but was clearly irritated by Thompson’s injury history. If he misses any significant amount of camp because of injury (even if it’s not really his fault), Thompson may get the axe.

  2. mr.moneylover - May 4, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    I think instead of us pushing will compton out…I think we will push perry Riley out before we will push will compton out….jay gruden liked will compton when reporters ask jay gruden why they didnt keep will compton on there he said I dont know I guess its his former with running and knowing the defensive plays

    • mr.moneylover - May 4, 2015 at 6:38 AM

      Bye bye perry Riley…learn how to cover TEs and learn how to get to the QB….I hope they put martrell spaight next to keenan Robinson OMG that would be scary…I hope they dont just use him on special teams he got to much talent the same with jamison crowder

      • bowlregard - May 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

        It seemed to me that Compton and Riley both had issues covering the pass. Then I was surprised when someone said Robinson only ran a 4.8 40. And most of the ILBs in the draft were relatively slow thumper types. London Fletcher was not a speed burner, but covering the pass for him was not a liability. At any rate, the success of all these Welker/Edelman slot receiver types seem to be taking advantage of a fairly universal weakness in defenses.

      • Stephfan - May 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM

        Lmao perry isn’t going anywhere and don’t see that guy you mentioned starting this season. Maybe after a few years

        • redskinscaio - May 6, 2015 at 1:36 PM

          I agree with Rich. I think Compton has to work real hard to improve or he’ll be gone. ILB is a position of weakness for this team. The day London left, the Skins record plummeted.

  3. sidepull - May 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Not a fan of C Thompson. Unreliable. I would like to see Silas Redd more as a matter of fact. It made me laugh, the comment that if “Kouandjio, who is two inches taller and more of the power blocker the team is now looking for, shows much of anything.f ” he would take Josh LeRebius position As poor a report as there was on that draft pick it sure make JL look like an afterthought. Him and Chester should of been gone. Hopefully you are correct and the draft pick is more what we need.

  4. skip36 - May 4, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    I have a question for you Rich concerning a undrafted player QB Chris Bonner have the Redskins signed him or not

  5. skip36 - May 4, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Also you didn’t mention Chris Chester or Tracy Porter who have been paid big & contributing less each year, shouldn’t they be on the bubble also

  6. greed - May 4, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    silas redd is an nfl rb-he impressed me against jax -jags knew the skins were running the clock out and still couldnt stop redd from movinp the chains and scoring- funny we drafted JLeribus he was that power ol weighing at 320 then shanny and his staff made him loose weiht and benched him dmt forget the two games dal and sea in 012 when he was pancaking linemen left and right jl will be the suprise of camp the new power scheme is suited for his game-my bubble players are porter chester and heyward dyoung is the true specialteams captain followed by npaul

    • ET - May 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      LeRib better hope he’s the “surprise of the camp,” because this is his last chance. Would be great if he and Long both step up and Chester and Lauvao get cut. Unlikely, but would be sweet.

  7. bowlregard - May 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Wondering if Andre Roberts is miscast in the slot role. He was originally brought in to be the #2 receiver before they got Jackson. He could be kept on as a reserve, but the salary might be steep for a backup.

    • redskinscaio - May 6, 2015 at 1:39 PM

      Roberts dropped a lot of 3rd down passes last year. It was pretty painful to watch…

  8. shermanp79 - May 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    I agree Thomas could be in trouble, even before they drafted a S. If he is thought to be more of a SS then I can’t see him making the team. I don’t think he is physical enough. He needs to show he can cover, which means he has a big step to take. They need that deep cover S to be a back up or long term possibility. We know the 3 guys who should make the team but right now the FS back up probably would be Johnson, then they bring Duke in to play the SS position. Which means injuries could hurt this team again. It may be wise to give Amerson some time back there in TC depending how he looks at CB. They drafted a guy who has only been a nickel CB, if he can continue that role they could afford to give Amerson some work at FS. Maybe he becomes the flexible guy defenses need now, the CB/S combo guy.

  9. renhoekk2 - May 4, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Not as sold on Spaight as a 3-4 ILB as most other people. He only has one year of starting experience at a major college program. His production came from playing the Will OLB position in a 4-3. That is more of a “chase” position where you chase the play and don’t have to deal with OL so much. I don’t know how a guy his size is going to deal with stacking and shedding 300+lbs OL firing out at him. As a matter of fact most scouting reports I read say that is his biggest problem. Dealing with OL and shedding blocks. Sound like a great ST pickup though, which is a big need.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - May 4, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      I think we will be transitioning baack to the 4-3 next year. This year will bea mpre Hybrid type Defense with more nickle and 4 man fronts.

  10. mrhart76 - May 4, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Chester and McRib will both be gone. Long overdue. Put those new young boys up front and run over people! Hell. I would like to see Moses moved to guard. He can’t be worse than Chester or Lavaou. Because he sucks at tackle.

  11. pigeonboy22 - May 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Jones is the 3rd down back, short-yardage, end of game finisher and occasional relief for Alf

    Thompson will be the down by 14 in the 4th, pure passing drive RB and occasional change-of-pace RB

    Redd will be on the practice squad because no team will put him on their 53man.

  12. LS Dietz - May 4, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    I see something special in Redd. I hope he makes the team. Besides, the most important ability is avaliblity and Thompson ain’t got it.

  13. murphsman - May 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM

    I know the question only addresses draft picks, but I’ll expand it to being pushed by free agents, and say if I was Cedric Gholston, I’d be watching my back. I also think Porter might be gone, and I agree Lerib and Chester might be gone, and possibly Roberts.

  14. Ashtin - May 5, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    I hope the redskins let go of Andre Robert he has been all talk no production save money and get rid of the loud mouth Archives

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