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Bubble watch version 5.0: Predicting the Redskins’ 53-man roster

Aug 21, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT


The Redskins are now halfway through the preseason and both injuries and performances in that game shuffled the 53-man roster with just two weeks and a day to go until cutdown day on September 5.

Here are my projections of who will end up on the roster when the dust settles and that roster is turned in plus a look at who is just hanging on and four who are just on the wrong side of the bubble. I’ve added some comments as needed.


Quarterback (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, Willie Smith

I don’t think that some bad plays among 15 snaps last night will cost Smith a chance to be Trent Williams’ backup. But he had better have things buttoned up the rest of the way.

Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer.

I don’t think that people should get irrationally exuberant over Rashad Ross catching nine passes for 107 yards in two games against second-level talent.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon

I’m going with players who are on the roster as of right now; obviously this could change at any time.

Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson


Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephan Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse

Outside linebacker (5): Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Houston Bates

Although the team hasn’t announced it yet it seems likely that inside linebacker Adam Hayward will be out for the season with a torn ACL. Bates, who has made plays all over the field during preseason games, may have the inside track on that linebacker roster spot.

Inside linebacker (4): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight

Hayward’s likely absence will hurt special teams perhaps more than it will hurt the defense.

Cornerback (4): Chris Culliver, DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Justin Rogers

Bashaud Breeland will not be on Week 1 roster due to NFL suspension so he is not listed here.

Safety (5): Dashon Goldson, Duke Ihenacho, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett, Trenton Robinson

Specialists (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way, PK Kai Forbath

The numbers: 25 offense, 25 defense, 3 specialists; 17 new to the Redskins organization in 2015 including eight draft picks (both Hamm and Dixon spent time on the Redskins’ practice squad last year so they do not count as new to the organization).

Last 4 on

OT Willie Smith—I think he could stick as a backup tackle because of his experience. But his performance against the Lions has him pressed up against the bubble.

TE Je’Ron Hamm—With Paul and Paulsen both out he has a job for now. But he easily could be knocked off if the team sees another possible solution on the waiver wire.

TE Chase Dixon—See Hamm from above.

LB Houston Bates—Having a solid preseason game is one thing. Consistently doing what you need to do to make an NFL team is another. He can’t relax for a second and even if he manages not to someone could still bypass him.

Four more close to the bubble: OL Tom Compton, DL Kedric Golston, Trenton Robinson, DL Frank Kearse

Last 4 cuts

OL Josh LeRibeus—He has been working as the backup center but against the Texans in the joint practices and in the preseason opener against the Browns he showed that he has a long way to go. The team won’t take long to seek another solution if he doesn’t catch on soon.

WR Rashad Ross—He can play some as he showed in the last two preseason games. But the numbers at wide receiver just don’t work for him. They are unlikely to keep more than six and I can’t see Ross beating out any of the guys who are in.

OT Takoby Cofield—The team paid him the maximum signing bonus for an undrafted free agent so they thought highly of him coming out of Duke. He has had a good camp and if he has a good preseason Cofield could make a case for a spot on the 53. For now, he appears to be practice squad material.

RB Trey Williams—The diminutive back had some problems navigating against the big bodies in live action in Cleveland but he broke off a long run against the Lions and led the team in rushing for 52 yards on 10 carries. If he can get it figured out in a hurry some more long runs in the last two preseason games could make the team have to think real hard about keeping him around.

Four more just on the wrong side of the bubble: OL Austin Reiter, S Akeem Davis, LB Alonzo Highsmith, OL Tyler Larsen

  1. wncskinsfan - Aug 21, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    the way injuries are panning out . . . last man standing could be the decision maker. We still have to get through game three. I think I am most curious about Rogers. He looks as if he could be coming around (made some plays last nite) , although he still smacks of a liability out there. Smith. wow. I know it was just one game . . . but these games are meant to showcase . . . he showed us nothing positive. Ross is going to be one of those guys who moves on and we end up regretting losing. He seems to have great speed and play making skills and should develop well in the league. I am extremely concerned about injury and game three, as well as injury game 1 vs. the Dolphins. I know it is football, where injuries are to be expected, but I think attrition could be our worst enemy this year. Hate to see these guys lose the season before it starts. Hate it for them.

  2. wncskinsfan - Aug 21, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Also, still completely confused by the TE dilemma. I did not really see anything last nite that looked like any kind of a solution, other than Compton working as a blocking TE. did I miss something with the TEs Rich?

    • Skulb - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      I had some positives on both Hamm and Dixon last night though. Not saying they´re necessarily ready to start but at least there was something going on.

    • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Saw that we traded a 5th rounder for a San Fran TE.

  3. hk2000 - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Whatever happened to the two TEs they just signed? Did they even play last night?

    • wncskinsfan - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      I guess they have to be brought up to speed on the system.

    • abanig - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:10 AM

      No DJ Williams didn’t play and neither did Burt. I suspect we’ll see them next Saturday against the Ravens after they’ve had a week of practice. I expect Williams will make some plays in the passing game he was a good receiving TE when he came out of Arkansas.

  4. mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Jay gruden is on the bubble as well….you can tell by rg3 body language he didnt want to go back in cause the O-line wouldn’t protect him…I hate the START KIRK COUSINS cheers its stupid to even think kirk cousins can play 10 strong games he threw away our season last year against starters what makes you think that wont happen again… can tell jay gruden dont like rg3 because Matthew stafford got sack his head coach got him out of there quick but when rg3 got sack three times jay gruden send him into the fire for a fourth time to get hit…if kirk cousins start against the ravens and struggle and turn over the ball then what ??? Kirk cousins always look good against third and fourth string guys but starters there are smaller windows to throw the ball and theres way more pressure from the pass rush…if kirk cousins started it wouldve been the same results possibly worst

    • wncskinsfan - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      sure, hard to say what would happen different with different starters. who knows. But you have to take the bubblewrap off Griffin. He says he is a pocket guy, wants to work the pocket, and clearly the OL is still developing and clearly it is rough without TW. Seems like you kind have to let a few series go to see what is going on. What is going on is chaos! def. Gruden on the bubble, his future is linked to Griffin. although if eventually one of these other guys is the starter and things come around, I think that will buy him another year.

      • hk2000 - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        Yeah, but if that’s the case and he wants Kirk, he will burn the midnight oil scheming ways to make it work and to make sure he succeeds, but with Griffin, he just calls the most idiotic plays behind a soft tissue line and let the chips fall where they may- he is fine with that because he never wanted to coach this guy in the first place- He came in under false pretenses for the money, he lied and proceeded to destroy this team in the process.

        • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM

          Man, you give Gruden way too much credit for coming up with ANY kinda scheme that would work on anybody, hk!
          He probably couldn’t scheme his way of if a paper bag! ;^}

          Just kidding … just kidding … Jay probably COULD scheme his way outta a paper bag.

          (I apologize to the truly attentive about recycling that one. An recent oldie.)

        • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:55 PM

          Gruden ‘destroyed’ the 3-13 2013 Redskins.

          Oh I do declare. Fiddly dee.

        • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 10:30 PM

          You goin’ Scarlett O’Hara on us, ben?! Have things gotten THAT bad? chuckle, chuckle (Aww, chuckles just don’t cut it!)

    • mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      Guess who want rg3 tho…..THE EAGLES…they not giving sam Bradford an extension because they waiting to see if we let him go after the season… would if rg3 go to the eagles and lights it up and jay gruden still here and we still struggling ???? You can blame the media for not putting pressure on the head coach enough and you can also blame bruce allen for not putting great players around him

      • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 7:33 PM

        Haha ! So you CAN tell us some things that few others can, money!

        By few, I mean you and ME! Because while not claiming to be as certain as you seem, I’ve always felt that Griffin is just the kind of QB that Chipper K. could get the most from.

        And those haters who say “Great, take the bum — and good riddance to bad rubbish!” do so at their own peril.

    • mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      I only herd one media reporter ask jay gruden what was he thinking about putting rg3 in there for the fourth time but when its rg3 the media likes to grill the rg3 if they ask jay gruden the same question but switch it around they possibly wouldve got more clear answer that he didnt like rg3 or something close to it….grill the head coach like you grill the QB

      • goback2rfk - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        RG3 will be out again after the 1st week or 2 of the season. He does not have those Russel Wilson skills to keep himself healthy with such a small frame.

      • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        Two reporters asked him. The second apologized for asking (Liz Clarke, I believe) because she was late in the room. Both times Gruden could’ve said we were going against their twos on the fourth (last) drive but didn’t. The coach did a great job of not throwing anyone under the bus.

    • James McFullan - Aug 21, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      If people got pulled because they threw a lot of INT’s, then Peyton Manning would’ve been a backup his whole career, same with Brett Farve, Eli Manning, Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, George Blanda, Warren Moon, John Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Drew Bledsoe, Sammy Baugh, Jim Plunkett, Drew Brees, Sonny Jurgenson, and Jim Kelly just to name a few. So you can say what you want, but if every coach thought like you mr.moneylover, then all these people who are hall of gamers and future hall of gamers would have never had a career and they would never had defined what it is and was to be a great qb

      • mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:07 PM

        But thats just who kirk cousins is tho…he was that way in college and hes still that same way you gotta take the good along with the bad…kirk cousins cant go a full season cause his confidence will shut down along with the team…willie smith is not even expected to make the roster so you could’ve put any QB out there with the first O-line wouldve been the same results possibly worst…did you forget what happen last year nothing improved even when kirk/colt was behind center last year

        • goback2rfk - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:50 PM

          Kirk Cousins is not a starter in the NFL and neither is Colt McCoy. Neither are going to win you a superbowl.
          RG3 has the most potential to be great but he is not. The Redskins do not have a solid starter at the QB position and that is a real problem my friends.
          Without a decent QB the team will never go anywhere. I hope RG3 proves me wrong but we will see.

          Right now the best player on the team is Tress Way by far! No doubt.

      • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        Dude, know your history. Kirk Cousins was a 4th rounder on a team that spent multiple #1 picks the same year. None of the guys you mentioned have anything similar. Instead they have more in common with Griffin, most are number one draft picks that their teams stuck with for multiple years to get return on their investment. Brees and Farve were 2nd round picks that their teams gave up on. Warren Moon had to play in Canada due to the color of his skin. Sonny Jurgenson was a 4th rounder. So there you go.

    • aussieskinsfan - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Neither QB seems to have what we need, I think Scot will ride this out and reset next year,new coach, new QB, if things continue this way. With the No 1 selection in the 2016 draft, the Redskins select………?

    • shermanp79 - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Cousins threw away our Season? The D had a much bigger role. Did McCoy get sacked??? He did come in with the same guys? Open your eyes, quit being on RG3 homer! Once again it’s Gruden, who turned Dalton into a 4k 30 TD QB. Give him a QB who can function as one and maybe you will see he can do the job. He once again is being forced from above to start a guy who cant play or protect himself. Again I will say Cousins has played in 9 games. Look at what positive he has done. All young QBs throw picks. He has a much better shot at being an NFL QB than RG3. Also, Stafford wasn’t removed because of a sack. Unlike RG3 he has been a productive NFL QB and doesn’t need reps in the 2nd game of pre season.

      • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        Start Cousins or McCoy, I don’t care but McCoy did not have the same guys or play against the same guys. He did fumble at the end of the half on I guess what is being called a rush attempt.

    • goback2rfk - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Jay Gruden is not on the bubble he is FIRED. He is gone dude. No way he makes it more than 1 or 2 more seasons. Think about it with Snyder. Snyder will cut your ass off so fast it will make your head spin. Unless you are robert griffin of course.

      It is not fair to Gruden either. Obviously Gruden does not like his QB in RG3 and you can expect a team to win with a QB the coach does not support.
      Its not fair to RG3 either who has a real talent to run a pistol read option offense. The 2012 RG3 is the only good RG3 and the 2012 RG3 is dead and not coming back. Therefore we can not expect him to come back into that form. He never will.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      “you can tell by rg3 body language he didnt want to go back in cause the O-line wouldn’t protect him”

      Hah! You could TELL that, money?! You are good, man.

      Should make that a act circus, bro (“For 5 bucks, I can TELL what you’re thinking by your body language! Just saunter on by!”) — prolly make mad dough!

      You can’t make this stuff up! I love it!

  5. mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Im really worried about the DB depth because so far our DBs are not impressive miss tackling playing way to soft in coverage I guess you can blame that on joe barry but the D-line is impressive stoping the run but they gotta find ways to get to the QB

    • James McFullan - Aug 21, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Chris Culliver is playing aggressive as shit, and Goldson and Ihenacho were slamming people to the floor, the only DB’s that are playing soft are the people who won’t play during the regular season when the redskins get all of their starters back

    • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      Watch out, money — your “accent” is slipping! ;^}

  6. skinsdiehard - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    You’re cutting too many young players. Corey Crawford over Kedric Golston. He’s had his time….not getting any better. We’ve seen his act – makes no plays, not a difference maker. Takoby Cofield over Willie Smith. Smith almost got a QB killed. Enough said.

    Justin Rogers could’nt cover my mom…..she’s 65 yrs old. Keep Hasson or Wolfe. That’s why trying to squeeze Tevin Mitchel through waivers was first dumb move by McCloughan. Now, we lost a 6th round pick for nothing.

    • ET - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:29 PM

      These aren’t Rich’s picks per se, he’s making a prediction based on his obversations. So he isn’t picking Smith or Golston, he’s betting the team does … A significant difference.

    • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Not one team will pick up Corey Crawford and put them on their 53. No since wasting a roster spot on a guy who fits nicely on the practice squad. Rogers was fine last night, but Smith may have guaranteed himself a pink slip.

  7. mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Did trent Murphy even play last night???? Im disappointed in his play so far preston smith has out played him and out hustle him atleast Preston smith got one sack….media over hype trent Murphy progress

    • wncskinsfan - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      agreed. although I think there is an opportunity for him to maybe take a leadership role as a special teamer. we are really gonna need some guys to step up in that dept. with Paul and Hayward out.

    • James McFullan - Aug 21, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Chris Culliver is playing aggressive as shit, and Goldson and Ihenacho were slamming people to the floor, the only DB’s that are playing soft are the people who won’t play during the regular season when the redskins get all of their starters back

    • James McFullan - Aug 21, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      Trent Murphy and Preston Smith are only going to play in subpackages this year, so I’m not that worried, cause when we have Kerrigan and Galette out there at the same time, they are going to create some havoc

  8. kenlinkins - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Rich: IYO who has the better chance of clearing the waiver wire on finial cuts, guys like Golston and W Smith or guys like Trey Williams, Ross and Cofield?

  9. Dcwun - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Why not get exuberant over Ross vs. second and third stringers? We do it for Cousins and McCoy…….

  10. Dcwun - Aug 21, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Rich, I’m interested in how many play action and rollout plays were called for each QB.

    • mr.moneylover - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      I can tell you now not enough for rg3…and no gain on first down made it much more difficult for rg3….ppl praise alfred Morris but he struggle to last night he only had one good run he gotta move the o-line like matt jones do…matt jones force the o-line to move and he gain 4 to 5 yards because it even when the whole is not there….B-mitch said it best last night if this offense cant improve going up against B-more then what makes anyone thinks it will improve week 1. and you can blame coaches,players,everybody for it because this is a game like situation

      • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        Matt Jones made no difference with the first team. Alf had two first downs runs (two yards and negative one yard). Then Alf got the first down on 2nd and eight with a nine yard run. Jones had two first down runs with the first team (zero and three yards – the 3 on 1st and 15). He did have a nice eight yard run on 2nd a 10. So, you’re right that down and distance had a HUGE factor in the play action game. Jones big gains happened after the 2nd team was in. The one PA pass was on 1st and ten and Willie Smith’s man drove him into the passing lane and batted the ball down.

    • Capital Defense - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      We know RG# can do that, so stop it. He needs to work on being a pocket passer, of course we will use him in rollouts during the season but you can’t do it every down.

  11. princewilks - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:04 PM


    Do you think they may keep Quinton Dunbar in the PS? I know he is a WR converted CB but it looks like he has a natural gift for the position. In only two weeks playing CB it doesn’t look like has been burned yet. Yes, he has played against 2nd and 3rd stringers but it looks like with some coaching he could develop into the type of CB we could be looking for. He’s got the size at 6’2″ – 201lbs and is relatively fast for that size, I think his 40 speed is 4.4. What are your thoughts?

    • ET - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:32 PM

      He seems like a good practice squad candidate to me, and one unlikely to garner much interest from other teams. After some additional reps at his new position, he has some potential.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      When did the “comments” section become a freakin’ Q & A with Rich?! How’d I miss THAT?

      • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        kenlinkins has always used this way. Occasionally Rich has answered and some of us have followed suit. The ‘some of us’ are probably guys that don’t like twitter or other social media options.

        • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 10:22 PM

          Awwww, I was just playin’ with that smart alecky remark, ben. Asking RT is mos def worth a shot. (See what happens when I leave off that “LOL” acronym — MISCOMMUNICATION! Haha)

          So go ahead and go for it then —- all the way! I especially agree with the need for other-than “social media” options.

    • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 9:37 PM


  12. kenlinkins - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I think we all understood that this was going to be a tuff year for the Redskins. The first two preseason games have shown that there are still big concerns. The good news is many of the starters are trying to get healthy, there are two more preseason games and there are a few young guys showing talent that could make the roster, plus the practice squad should be in much better shape. The Lions game was a poor showing against a good team and the coach’s need to regroup and rethink some areas. Let’s just wait and see what the new GM’s plan B is before we hit the panic button. Are there problems, Yes, are there answers on the roster, I think so if your willing to hang in there. Besides, most of us were calling for only 6 or 7 wins this year and IMO that is still the case. One bad night should not put us into a tail spin!

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 21, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      I don’t want to panic after the 2nd preseason game. Come on, offensive line…don’t make me panic!

    • goback2rfk - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      Are we supposed to expect a “tough” year every year. Injured RG3, Knee Brace RG3, how many more supposed shitty seasons are we going to have.
      The Redskins have sucked for a long time. Brian Mitchell has said it best the Redskins SUCK.

    • bangkokben - Aug 21, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      There are bright spots. The defense looks as if it could actually keep us in games. We could be a team that uses three or four gauges of hammers and runs the snot out of the ball until the defense relents. We still have DJax, Jordan Reed, and Jamison Crowder to provide a big play element as well. Trent Williams will be playing left tackle and the GM traded a 5th round pick the 49ers for a tight end.

      As for your earlier question to Rich, IMO, the vets are more likely especially if another team has a desperate need at their position. Even with the trade, we are likely to cut the 3rd TE, Hamm for instance, and then put him right back on the practice squad.

  13. celeoinc - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    About Jeffcoat? I kind of like him.

    • Capital Defense - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Houston Bates is just better. Period.

  14. goback2rfk - Aug 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Yall were stupid. Never should of taken Sheriff with the 1st pick. That was a mistake. I said it when it happened and i say it again. Hes getting trucked like FedEx playa. You dont take an O-Lineman that high unless he is a guarantee beast.
    I am not sure if i can handle another 4 – 12 season. Another season of talking about how crappy the Skins are.
    Atleast it keeps the ticket price down. Last year I got 2 good tickets for $15 dollars.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      “Yall were stupid” ??!!

      Hey, don’t blame ME I didn’t have nuthin to do with it! I wanted Leonard Williams!! (After Fowler, Jr. was taken, that is.)

      It was THAT guy, over there, who wanted him (yeah, right THERE…that’s the one) — not me! ;^}

      So don’t “yall” us! Be more specific if you please! (Blaming innocent people — the nerve…)

      Hoo-hoooo…this just keeps getting better & better. LOL

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:41 PM

        That was me. I still think it was the right move. We need the Coach to call the same kind of plays he calls for McCoy and Cousins for RG3.

        • brucefan1 - Aug 21, 2015 at 10:11 PM

          Sherff will still work out well. Dollars to donuts (Mmm…Dooooh-nuts…)

    • hail74 - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      Yeah should have drafted Williams who has done nothing special so far, his team gave up 23 to the lions last week recording one whole sack and has already given up 14 to the Falcons whose offense is coached by that talentless product of nepotism Kyle S. I’m also sure that you wouldn’t be here crying about how they continue to ignore the oline if we had drafted Williams. Sherff had one bad play in only his second nfl game ever against the number 2 D last year but yes he’s a bust.

    • abanig - Aug 21, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      It was one play. Scherff is just beginning to play guard in the nfl. In time he’s going to be as good as Zach Martin was for the Cowboys last year but it may take a few games till it all clicks for him at guard.

      I would have been fine if the skins had taken Williams – he was my most favorite prospect in the draft – but I have faith that Scherff will be a pro bowler soon enough.

  15. Capital Defense - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Takoby Cofield didn’t even play last night, he is nowhere close to making this roster.

  16. timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 21, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Running 2 different offenses for the First Team and the Second Team is stupid. Does not build rythem and causes controversy. They need to be calling those play action and bootleg plays with the first team also.

    • abanig - Aug 21, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      Cooley said they couldn’t run bootlegs against the Lions first team defense because they were running a wide nine look with their DEs. If they ran a bootleg for Griffin, they’d be running it right into the spot that the DE on that side was rushing to for a sure sack. Cooley said doing that would be stupid and would surely get Griffin crushed by the DE when he turned around on the bootleg

  17. abanig - Aug 21, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    If have Jackson Jeffcoat over Houston Bates and I’d have Leribeus over Willie Smith.

    If Leribeus doesn’t make the team who’s the back up center??

  18. abanig - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    Cooley had s good scenario today on “the drive.” He said if Gruden really wants to take a risk he could tell the front office he’s just going to start Kirk over Griffin and if Kirk goes out and plus well, it will make Gruden look like a genius but then again if Kirk still has the problems that he had last year, Gruden would definitely be fired…

    Still, it’d be interesting to see him take that huge risk! Archives

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