Aug 30, 2015, 10:32 AM EDT
With one set of cuts coming Tuesday and the final roster getting set on Saturday, bubble players are running out of time to make the roster.
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.
Related: Bubble watch version 5.0
Quarterback (3): Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy
Like everything else here, the starter here is my best guess as of right now.
Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus
I’ve had LeRibeus off and on the 53. He’s back on because I don’t see who else can be a backup center. The backups are unbalanced, with three interior linemen and one tackle, Compton but maybe Scherff could kick out to tackle in an emergency. There is perhaps another adjustment coming on the next version
Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer.
Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Derek Carrier, Je’Ron Hamm
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, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Houston Bates, Jackson Jeffcoat
Inside linebacker (4): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight
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; 16 new to the Redskins organization in 2015 including eight draft picks
Last 4 on
OL Josh LeRibeus —He should hang on for a fourth season due to a lack of backup options in the interior line. To his credit, he went from being not an option at center to a layer who could make it based on his ability to be the emergency backup there.
TE Je’Ron Hamm—He easily could be knocked off if the team sees another possible solution on the waiver wire.
CB Justin Rogers—He helped himself a lot last night by chasing down the Ravens’ Asa Jackson on a kickoff return, preventing a touchdown. But there are big question marks about his ability to stay on the roster once Breeland returns from his one-game suspension.
LB Houston Bates—Having a couple of solid preseason games 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: LB Jackson Jeffcoat, DL Kedric Golston, S Trenton Robinson, DL Frank Kearse
Last 4 cuts
OT Willie Smith—It would be great if he could work out, a relatively young veteran coming back to his original NFL home (he made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2011). But the performance against the Lions may just be too much to overcome.
WR Rashad Ross—He can play some as he showed in the preseason games. Ross leads the team in all three major receiving categories with 15 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns. 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.
LB Terrance Plummer—The undrafted rookie has been all over the field, making tackles from sideline to sideline. He could force the Redskins to add a fifth inside linebacker to the roster.
Four more just on the wrong side of the bubble: OL Austin Reiter, S Akeem Davis, RB Trey Williams, OL Tyler Larsen
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