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Need to Know: After training camp, five Redskins who are now roster locks

Aug 19, 2015, 5:36 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 19, one day before Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.

Five players who have become roster locks

Before OTAs started in late May, I did a post on the players I thought were roster locks. I came up with 41 of them. Let’s reexamine that list and look at five players who were on the bubble in May who are now locks to make the 53:

QB Kirk Cousins—I thought that he might be traded and that the Redskins might go with two quarterbacks. But unless they get an expected offer that they can’t refuse I expect Cousins, Colt McCoy, and Robert Griffin III to all be on the Week 1 roster. Cousins is having a pretty good camp and was excellent against the Browns.

CB DeAngelo Hall—I was skeptical that he would be on the field for the start of camp after tearing his Achilles twice last season. But he was there in Richmond and Jay Gruden said that he was in line to be the starter at cornerback opposite Chris Culliver. He has had a couple of nagging injuries in camp but nothing that will cost him his roster spot.

RB Chris Thompson—He was about 75 percent of the way to being a lock when Silas Redd injured his knee and landed on injured reserve. With his main competition for a roster spot gone, Thompson attained lock status. There haven’t been any injury concerns so far; he hasn’t missed so much as a snap. As long as it stays that way, he will make the 53.

S Duke Ihenacho—He wasn’t really on anyone’s radar to become a starter until he started sharing first-team reps with Jeron Johnson during OTAs. With Johnson sidelined with a hamstring injury, Ihenacho has put a stranglehold on the position. While Johnson could still end up with the starting job, Ihenacho will be around in either case.

OT Tom Compton—With Brandon Scherff moving to guard, a spot for a tackle opened up. Then when Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were injured they needed someone who could fill in as a blocking tight end. Both of those developments pushed Compton off of the bubble and into lock status.

So how many locks are there now and how many roster spots are up for grabs? We started with 41. Paul comes off of the list due to his season ending ankle injury. Junior Galette, who signed just at the start of camp, is a lock. Add these five to the locks and there are now 46. That leaves seven roster spots up for grabs.

Who do you think gets them?


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, closed to the media

—It’s been 234 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 25 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason Lions @ Redskins 1; final cuts 17; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 36

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    Nice analysis Rich!! Agree here. So who is now on the bubble?

    • troylok - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM

      I’d like to know that, too.

      -Is Golston holding on to a job?
      -What is the “undisclosed” injury that Compton has? Is that going to ultimately end his season?
      -Is there a chance that Quinton Dunbar stays as a WR/DB?

  2. formersix - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    I say Cooley is a lock

    • rufustfireflyjr - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM

      Right . . . a lock to remain in the announcer’s booth!

  3. Capital Defense - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    The 3rd TE is going to be an adventure if no good ones become available after a round of cuts. It will be tough to grab one on final cut day because that player would have only a week to pickup the offense. Unless somebody comes available in an early cut I could see Gruden keeping Compton as the 3rd TE/blocking TE and then keeping a player like OT Takoby Cofield.

    I guess we will see after a couple of rounds of cuts.

  4. Capital Defense - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    OT Takoby Cofield would be the 4th tackle of course.

  5. brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    I know it should go without saying (and maybe even shouldn’t be said, for fear of jinxing somebody!), but, as Rich writes, all these guys are probably locks … BARRING INJURY! Yikes.

    Yeah, I know — I tend to perseverate on this topic — but those stinking injuries bug the heck out of me — waiting for the shoe to drop on who might be next to go down, and how it’s gonna effect the Redskins.

    I know I probably shouldn’t stress over things I can’t control, but….

    Can anyone talk me off the ledge? (I know, I know, I can hear ya’ll already … “Sorry, we can’t help you — so we suggest that you just JUMP!”)

    • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      Those of us who stress over things we can’t control, just drink.

  6. kenlinkins - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    It will be interesting to see how the new GM sets up the 53 man roster and Practice Squad. We all know that there are many adjustments made in the first two weeks. Just being able to clear the bubble on finial cut down day does not get you a full year (or even to the first game). I wonder who the new GM is waiting for to hit the “wire” so he can claim them (remember, you must clear the wire to be placed on the practice Squad). That 310 guys the new GM can pick from (31 teams X 10 guys per PS) that might take a roster spot from someone who on Cut Down day may have already call home with the good news. IMO the Redskins will see a lot of movement on the roster in the first 3 weeks. Will the new GM be looking for short terms rentals to fill holes for 2015 or be trying to restock the pipe line of younger talent still requiring development for 2016 / 2017? It should be fun to watch how the new GM attacks the lack of talent and failure to develop players in years past.

    • ET - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      All good points, Ken. But the waiver wire cuts both ways—the Skins have some players who may be poached in the final cutdown (or after), including Jeffcoat, Plummer, Trey Williams, and some of the young WRs and DBs. Some of those guys seem worth developing, and I hope they clear waivers and make our squad. But it speaks to Scot’s acumen that we have more poach-worthy players than in the recent past.

      • kenlinkins - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

        Very true, for the first time in a long time the waiver wire may not be our friend in DC. I see 38 rookie / one year guys on the roster. I would love to see someone like Bates, Cofield, Dunbar, Everett, Plummer, Larsen, or Trey Williams push Hayward and Golston for a spot on the 53 man roster. Some have started to show that they might be able to do it. Everyone was caught off guard when the Colts claimed Mitchel (6th round pick CB) and he was out for the year. I hope this GM doesn’t keep too many “just a guy” types over young talent requiring development. Look how Moses as broken out this year, not many had him as a starter when camp opened! Maybe there are a few more. IMO Plummer or Trey Williams could be next.

  7. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Rich, would you be concerned about McCoy’s performance thus far if there were trade options on the table for Cousins?

    Based on the reporting I’ve read and what I saw in Preseason, I don’t think Colt is performing well enough for this team to feel comfortable with him as a backup to RG3.

    • voice4thefans - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      Its Really really stupid to think that our future QB is going to be traded, If anybody going to be trade it will be RG Diva, do you people know any thing about Football or are you all just that dumb to believe everything Rich writes, Cousins will be the starter no later than week 2 or sooner after RG Diva gets hurt, oh He will get hurt and that is his problem, he is afraid of getting hurt, do your homework RG Diva was a pocket passer in high school 95% of the time and a very good pocket passer at that take a look for yourself, being a pocket passer is not the problem, being afraid of getting hurt is.

      • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:16 PM

        I fInD raNdom CapiTizaTion Really really sTupiD. See what I’m saying?

  8. bowlregard - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    I’m not convinced about DeAngelo. He said himself the tape was ugly. It seems to me he has to prove he can still do it.

    I’m also not convinced Chris Thompson is the third RB. And it seems to be the case you only keep three, plus FB DY. I thought Tre Williams looked better against the Browns. It seems the only reason you keep Tre off the 53 is because you can put him on the PS.

    Can’t argue about Compton. With the TE situation maybe we carry as many as four tackles, maybe not including Scherff.

    • ET - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      I thought Chris Thompson played pretty well against the Browns. His pass pro is much, much better than it used to be—looked darn respectable for a guy his size. I have nothing against Trey Williams, but if Thompson can stay healthy he’ll make a good change-of-pace back.

      • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM

        ET. Spot On. Thompson was first off the bench for 3rd down back and stoned a linebacker. Lock.

  9. brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Hey, did anyone else notice something different at the CSN Washington/Redskins site today? (But not REAL REDSKINS)

    I keep getting redirected to CSN MidAtlantic. Has CSN changed to location of their Redskins pages?

    (Or is it just ME?)

    And btw did anybody who listened to Chris Cooley with Jorge & Herm this morning get the idea that ESPN was scrupulously trying to avoid using the name “Redskins” during that chat. (Seems like Edwards had to catch himself once to avoid saying it!) Otherwise, it seems that they just referred to the team as “Washington”.

    Has ESPN announced a “NO Redskins” policy?

    (Or is it, once again, just ME? LOL)

    • hk2000 - Aug 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      You’re right about CSN changes, I’m seeing it too. ESPN… who cares?

      • brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        LOL! True dat about ESPN.

        (But this name thing is just a steady drip…drip…drip…)

    • shermanp79 - Aug 20, 2015 at 8:09 AM

      it happened to me also, I couldn’t get the videos either. It’s fine today.

  10. bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Seven available roster spots with presumably two of them at tight end. (Can’t imagine this team going with just two. Sure Compton can line up there but he could do that with a 3rd TE.) Could DY play TE in a pinch or is his height too much a factor? Also, who is the week one slot corner? Other than Rogers and Jarret, who is working there? Anyone doing well there? Who is the emergency center? Can LeRibs improve or is Spencer Long making enough strides there? How many LBs do the ‘skins keep?

    Below are the guys Rich had on the bubble when he first did this:

    Offense (10): OL’s Tom Compton, Chris Chester, Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter; TE’s Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon; QB Kirk Cousins; RB’s Silas Redd, Chris Thompson, Trey Williams

    Defense (12): DL’s Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse; OLBs Jackson Jeffcoat, Trevardo Williams; DB’s DeAngelo Hall, Tevin Mitchel, Tracy Porter, Phillip Thomas, Trenton Robinson, Duke Ihenacho, Kyshoen Jarrett, Akeem Davis

    So here is what is left from his original post

    Offense (4): OLs Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter; TE’s Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon,

    There’s more o-linemen in the bubble conversation now and perhaps tight-ends. I left fan favorite Trey Williams off because I don’t see the ‘skins keeping five backs.

    Defense (5*): DL’s Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse; DB’s Trenton Robinson, Kyshoen Jarrett, Akeem Davis, Justin Rogers*

    I left off the OLBs due to the Galette signing and added Rogers to the DBs because he has been mentioned the most as the slot corner until Breeland returns. DB also had three guys on the bubble that are no longer part of the organization. Interesting. Who else has given themselves a legitimate chance to make the team? Plummer?

    Thoughts? Or we could just talk about the QB.

    • ET - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      I’ve wondered about Darrel Young at TE or H-back but assume it’s been considered and dismissed, whether because of his height or other reasons.

      The Skins will have some tough decisions to make on defense, both because of injuries and because the talent level is higher this year. There are a number of players—Jeffcoat, Plummer, Akeem Davis, Ross, Robinson—that may not survive the final cut but may not make it through waivers, either. (Not sure if Davis and Robinson are still practice-squad eligible.) i’m guessing we see one or two (semi-) surprise cuts on each side of the ball as well. It ain’t looking good for LeRibster, regardless.

      • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        We’ll see Thursday if DY gets any action at TE – it would have to be in single back sets I’d presume but who knows a DY on the LOS and Morris behind Jones backfield does have some intrigue. I don’t see a 5th OLB on the roster. It’s so hard to tell about any Corners or Safeties by watch pres-season because they’re rarely in the screen. Just because of injuries it appears that we have to let guys go that would be nice to keep but aren’t playing the position that is decimated.

        • ET - Aug 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

          I don’t think they keep 5 OLBs, either, it just stinks if you have to cut good players who may be picked up by another team. Not the worst problem to have, I know. But Mitchel won’t be the last prospect we lose.

      • weneedlinemen42 - Aug 19, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        I think there is an article on this site where Gruden talks about using DY more, and points out that he used him that way at some points last year.

        The gist of the article was that Young can cope with all the TE functions apart from the in-line duties, and that his lack of height would prevent him working the passing routes behind the d-line.

        H-back routes and full backs catching passes out of the backfield look much the same. The distinction seems to be more based on a player’s original college position and physique rather than the actual role they play.

  11. hk2000 - Aug 19, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    I wish everyone would stop talking about converting players to TE. We now have 6 TE, 6!!!!!!!!!!! If the coaches cannot teach a couple of them to be at least average, then we are doomed- not because of the issues at TE, but because it would mean our coaching staff is a joke.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 4:56 PM


      And I was just going to mention just like “ET” was lamenting that the Skins might lose a few good LB’s to the opposition at final cuts, the B&G just might pick up a decent TE from one of them!

      But never mind now. ;^}

    • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:26 PM

      They have six TEs because they need bodies to run the offense and play the position for the defense. You and I have as much NFL regular season game experience as most of them. As soon as anyone with experience that fits the mold they need gets cut, the redskins will snatch them up. What you’re expecting from our coaches, no NFL coach is required to do. You might as well make a reality TV show called, ‘who wants to be an NFL tight-end?’ Your constant jabs and demands at this staff is ridiculous.

  12. berniebernard666 - Aug 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    yes Galette is a lock but only to play this season. If he starts the season on suspension then he won’t count for the final 53 so somebody else will fill that spot. Of course he will make it after he comes back…and then there is the possibility that his suspension will be mediated and won’t come until sometime during the season. So somebody will have to replace him at that point. That is just a very fluid situation until it happens. I wish Goodell could get suspended so he couldn’t play these delay games.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      That “discipline” situation has been awful quite since Scotty signed Junior.

      Anybody hear any scuttlebutt?

      • brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        Err … “quiet” …awful QUIET.

    • bangkokben - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Suspensions if any are likely to occur next year. When has anything been expedited at the league office?

  13. Caveman Cooking - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Looks like Adam HAyward is a lock after getting one of those special parking spots.

  14. voice4thefans - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Really y you all think the new GM draft picks are Gold and future hall of farmers, even after screwing up the 5th pick on a Guard, Ha Ha Ha, what other team have the GM making the final cuts and not the Coach ????? ONLY IN Washington, What a dunb move HTTR!!!!!

    • brucefan1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      Where exactly is this “hall of farmers”, voice4thefans? (Boy, THAT one is not too egotistical, huh?!)

      If it’s in …. let’s say… IOWA, then I’d say Sherff is a good bet to make it. Heard he’s hard to beat on a thresher!!!!!

      (And did I hear somebody mention “dunb” moves?????? Ha Ha Ha) Archives

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