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Need to Know: Which positions on the Redskins will see the most change?

Jun 3, 2015, 5:09 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 3, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

Question of the day

A few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

I’ll also take your questions via email. Hit me up with “NTK” in the subject line. Just keep them relatively brief, please. 

Today’s question comes from Twitter:

When I did my roster projection a few weeks ago (defense, offense) I figured that there will be 16 players who were not with the Redskins last year who would make the final 53. What positions will take in those new players in the greatest numbers?

On the defensive side of the ball the most changeover is likely to take place on the line and at safety. If they keep seven defensive linemen, 43 percent of them will be new with the additions of Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, and Ricky Jean Francois. If newly acquired nose tackle Jarrell Powe can push his way onto the roster the D-line turnover could top 50 percent.

There could be a 75 percent turnover rate at safety. Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson are projected to be the starters and 6th-round pick Kyshoen Jarrett could make it as a reserve and special teams player. It’s possible that the only holdover would be either Phillip Thomas or Duke Ihenacho (who barely had a cup of coffee here last year before ending up on injured reserve).

The offense should be considerably more stable. We’re not looking at any changes at quarterback or tight end. There could be only one new running back with Matt Jones replacing Roy Helu.

We’re looking at a changeover of 33 percent of the receivers with rookies Jamison Crowder and Evan Spencer taking two of the six spots there.

WR is likely to be the area that sees the most change unless free agent Tyler Larsen or Austin Reiter can win a spot on the offensive line. As it stands now it looks like just two of the nine spots will go to players new to the team in rookies Brandon Scherff and Arie Kouandjio.


—Today’s schedule: OTA practice 11:15; player availability and Jay Gruden news conference follow, approx. 1:15.

—It’s been 157 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 102 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 13; Redskins training camp starts 57; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 113

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Jun 3, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    I clearly remember saying the last few years our defensive line is nonexistent with a group of nobodies. Then you look at the buffalo bills and you have terror on the front D line. Then you look at every team in the NFL and there were at least 2 guys on the front line that would strike the fear of God in the eyes of every offense. Then you look back to our D line last year and scratch your head saying, not a single guy on this line could earn a second string job on any other team in the NFL.

    So why were they all starters for us for so long? You see any of our old D line that was cut starting anywhere?

    My only question is, what the heck took us so long to figure it out??? When it took 1 GM to come in and basically see the same thing and replace them all in one offseason.

    This should be a message as to how far off our GM was in years past on how to build an NFL team. Thank god for Scot M. is all I can say. He is the best thing that has hit this team in decades. Hope we can keep him and hope SNYDER continues to allow him to do the full function of his job.

    Our Defense will look completely different. The front 4 are what create the tone for the back 7. HTTR 2015!

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 3, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      I’m not ready to anoint out new GM as a success here just yet. I’m certainly excited about his past accomplishments but will hold judgement on his selections so far for the season. You are spot on about Buffalo. However, I’m not sure the Redskins D-line was the only one not feared. It certainly wasn’t the worst in the NFL last season (football outsider ranked them 12th on the run and 17th on the pass statistically). In our own conference the Giants were inferior and teams like Cleveland, Minnesota, and KC more so. In our conference overall we probably had the 2nd best D-line performance wise outside of Philly.

      I certainly would agree that after 4 years experiencing with an undersized NT that it was time to acquire a genuine one if this team wants to continue running a 3-4. I really like the Terrance Knighton selection and expect there to be a major improvement at that position. However do you really think Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean Francois are major upgrades for that position? Paea more likely but I was rather pedestrian about those other acquisitions. I respect Scott to make expert choices so I certainly won’t down any choices he as made. However, I far behind you and overall excitement about where the D-line is right now.

      • ET - Jun 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM

        I generally agree with your assessment, but it’s important to note that the “pedestrian” Ricky Jean is meant as a situational / backup player, not a key lineman. That depth will help everyone in the position group, especially as the season wears on.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Jun 3, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Rich, thanks for these blogs! QUESTION: how many players on average in the NFL are kept at each position to make a 53 man roster?

    • Blackbutcolorblind - Jun 4, 2015 at 2:47 AM

      It varies from position to position I believe. Like 6 wide receivers, 2 centers etc. tight end a lot of times 3 to 4.

  3. Stephfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Great stuff as always rich.

  4. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 3, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Hopefully Duke Ihenacho is off his coffee break since I, like some others here, really like his chances. He showed some potential at Denver but like most other safeties has flaws on coverage. I don’t know maybe I just like pronouncing his last name during games. It sounds pretty cool hearing it at least. Archives

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