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As final cuts loom, how many Redskins are roster locks?

Sep 2, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT

Redskins line stretch camp 2015

The Redskins have the league maximum 75 players on their roster and we are just three days away from the final cuts being made. The final determination on some of the roster spots will come down to tomorrow’s fourth preseason game against the Jaguars. But the vast majority of the roster spots are already locked up.

Here are the players who are locks to make the final roster

Offense (22)

QB (2): Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

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

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

TE (2): Jordan Reed, Derek Carrier

OL (8): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Tom Compton

Defense (20)

DL (5): Jason Hatcher, Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Terrance Knighton

LB (7): Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight

DB (8): Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland, David Amerson, Dashon Goldson, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett, DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho

Bashaud Breeland is listed here even though he will not be on the initial 53-man roster as he will be serving a one-game drug suspension.

Specialists (3)

K Kai Forbath, P Tress Way, LS Nick Sundberg

That makes a total of 45 locks so eight jobs are up for grabs. A ninth player will make it but for only a week due to Breeland’s return from suspension in Week 2.

Who is in contention for those eight spots? I count 23 players who right now appear to have a legitimate chance of challenging for those jobs:

Offense (9): OL’s Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter, Takoby Cofield, Ty Nsekhe; TE’s Je’Ron Hamm, D.J. Williams; QB Robert Griffin III; RB Trey Williams; WR Rashad Ross

Defense (9): DL’s Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse; LBs Jackson Jeffcoat, Houston Bates, Terrance Plummer; DB’s Trenton Robinson, Akeem Davis, Deshazor Everett, Justin Rogers

I don’t think I need to explain the inclusion of Griffin on the bubble list. His future is very much up in the air for reasons familiar to all.

NFL teams usually keep 25 each on offense and defense and the three specialists. So it is likely that three of the offensive bubble players will land jobs and five on the defensive side.

So with 45 locks and 18 on the bubble that leaves 12 players whose chances of making the roster are very slim. That doesn’t mean there is no hope for them. An unanticipated great performance could open the door for one of them as could an injury to another player. And there is always hope that a solid performance on tape will catch the eye of another NFL team in need of a player.

  1. Skulb - Sep 2, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    @Rich Are you set on them definitely running with two TEs or is there a chance of a last minute move for a third guy? I guess Hamm is out of the picture.

    • troylok - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:07 PM

      I think you could interpret this as between Hamm or Williams, the team could keep both, one or none. With Reed’s shaky injury history, I think it would be reckless of them not to carry at least three tight ends with another on the developmental roster.

      • Skulb - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        Yeah that was what I was thinking as well. We might get stuck in week two with one TE on the roster. I´m obviously hoping we don´t but this still seems risky to me.

        • hail74 - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:28 PM

          I would think they carry three too but don’t forget they were trying Compton in that role as well.

        • Skulb - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:31 PM

          Right. But still, Carrier and Tom substituting at TE is not a good situation here if Reed gets injured again. I mean, you need the TEs to have a good running game here, which was allegedly the plan this year.

      • Johnny B. - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:45 PM

        They are waiting for other teams to cut some players then they will try to sign another te

  2. metalman5150 - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Pulling for Jackson Jeffcoat and Justin Rogers!
    Justin Runnings running down that kickoff return was reminescent of Darrel Green.
    Jeffcoat has been solid this preseason and I want to see more of him!

    • babyteal1 - Sep 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

      Jeffcoat and Bates

  3. Chris - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Ross and bell have both out competed him.
    Look for him on the PS until the game slows down for him a bit

  4. troylok - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    I think Roberts should go. He still is Mr. Oops. Letting him go would allow the team could keep Rashad Ross, who has played well this preseason.

    I would like to see them keep Jeffcoat and Bates around. You can never have enough pass rushers and those guys could occasionally put their hands in the dirt, so maybe Golston and Kearse go and the team puts a little more 2-5 defensive front out there.

    I’d also go a little heavy on DB’s given the plethora of injuries in that area.

    As for RG3 getting cut, I think it would be a bold move but I don’t think it will happen unless RG3 becomes a total jerk. Now, if some team came to the Redskins waving some trade offer so that they could recover the fifth round pick they traded for Carrier, they might be inclined to take it. Hey, they could trade him to San Francisco and get back their fifth round pick….

    • ET - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      I’m no huge fan of Roberts, but cutting him doesn’t make sense financially this year. No savings, just a big cap hit. Like him or not (I’m lukewarm at best), he’s still a veteran presence. Next year, the cut would be worth it.

      I’m a big Jeffcoat fan, and hopeful that he and Bates will both stick around. Plummer, too. We have some good LB prospects.

      • wvredskins - Sep 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

        I would have to disagree. I dont see RG getting on the field with the redskins at all this year. Even if Cousins plays poorly and gets benched for McCoy and then McCoy plays poorly or gets injured, I still dont still them putting him in. Reason being that if RG gets injured that would be the major cap hit. Not the 6 mill that we owe him this year. It would be best for both partys to just walk away. He would be a distraction to the team Period.

        • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM

          He’s talking about Andre Roberts the 3rd WR.

    • Skulb - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      Actually Roberts has had a very good preseason. He fumbled a punt and dropped a good throw from Kirk, but hasn´t made many other mistakes. If he gets cut that would mean Ross I guess. And Roberts wins that one on experience even if he doesn´t win it on the the preseason. They´re good and stacked at WR.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        funny how the dropped pass from RG3 was left out. I’ll add that one for ya!

        • Skulb - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:44 PM

          Wasn´t that Garcon? Anyway, I was talking about Roberts, and not your favorite hobby horse RGIII. If you can´t learn something about football at least try to stay on topic.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:48 PM

          It was Roberts Eagle Eye! I can learn about football but there is nothing you have to teach me. I still go out there and play as well. Come for a friendly anytime if you are up to it.

        • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 4:21 PM

          You guys are talking about two different passes. name is talking about the 3rd down where Griffin got clobbered under the chin (likely cause to the concussion) and skulb is talking about the bomb that Garcon dropped.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

          Oh I know which pass he was talking about. He is just ignoring that pass like he has all along. His one-sided arguments and Salty Latin Soap Opera versions of the NFL just amuse me.

        • Skulb - Sep 2, 2015 at 7:51 PM

          Look man, just go learn some basic things about the game alright. Judging by today´s load of baloney from you I´d recommend something about setting coverage to manage the pass rush: That concept seems to not even have occurred to you.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 8:55 PM

          Skulb, you’re a joke!

    • babyteal1 - Sep 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM

      Agreed…keep Jeffcoat and Bates!!

  5. ET - Sep 2, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Has another viable backup center / guard emerged, or is LeRibster it?

    • Chris - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:34 PM

      Reiter has looked very solid in his snaps with the 2s and 3s

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      They’ll seek another center outside the NFL cuts.

      • berniebernard666 - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM

        no they won’t. Unless you have been on the phone with the Redskins personnel director and Gruden and Scott M…..I would say you have no idea what you are talking about redskinsnameisheretostay. LeRibeus is going to make the team and the rookie most likely will end up on the practice squad because he is the one who is eligible….and not Josh.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM

          It’s a call, based on performance bernie. I could care less what you say about what I’m talking about. You’re hardly someone I come here for to gain insight on this team or the game.

  6. bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Rich, thanks for the great work!

  7. redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Jackson Jeffcoat
    Takoby Cofield
    Frank Kearse
    Trenton Robinson
    Justin Rogers

    Practice Squad:
    Je’Ron Hamm*
    *Compton will fill in the role for the third TE that needs to be a blocking specialist.
    Trey Williams
    Terrance Plummer
    Houston Bates

  8. bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    So as I look at the locks on offense, I have no disagreements and that leaves back-up/emergency center, 3rd TE, and 3rd QB as positions to fill. Of course either of the last two positions could be voided for another position entirely or be the guy they get rid of after the Breeland suspension is lifted.

    On the defensive side, the only lock I disagree with is Will Compton and there are five open spots that can be filled in a variety of different position combinations. So with Will C. off my roster, I have to find the six best defenders of the lot. Here are my six:
    DLs Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse; LBs Jackson Jeffcoat, Terrance Plummer; DBs Akeem Davis, Justin Rogers

    • sidepull - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      I like Plummer. Good nose for the ball. He wraps up too.

      • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        Yeah. I got him over Compton. I know Compton has his fans for fill in work last year but I need to see that this year. Maybe he’s shown it to the coaches and I’m fine with it.

    • ET - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:25 PM

      Why do you prefer Akeem over T. Robinson, special teams play? Seems like Trenton has done pretty well when playing defense. I have no strong opinion there, just curious.

      • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        I could go either way. I did use teams as the tiebreaker.

  9. hail74 - Sep 2, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Re watching game on nfl network and cousins passes are actually on the money against the Ravens 1s. That interception was just a bad decision but he’s only missed two other passes. One was a drop by grant that was thrown behind him because the linebacker stepped into the passing lane and the other was also a drop by grant where he had a good 5 yards separation with no safety over the top but slipped and fell.

    • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      Seven incompletions out 27.
      There was the INT, the one behind Grant, the one where Grant slips in his break, the one where Crowder didn’t know the play, the one where his missed Grant on the sideline, the one where he skipped one to Roberts while on the move, and the roll out throw away to run out the clock at the half. Did I confuse any of those with McCoy’s? Maybe those are out of order.
      So, he was accurate. he had no dropped balls, and he completions allowed YAC.

      • hail74 - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        No your spot on, I had just finished watching 1st qtr when posted that. The sideline miss to grant was close but he had canty in his face and couldn’t step up. Overall pretty good game for him against a solid D.

  10. berniebernard666 - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Here is some news. Jackson Jeffcoat is NOT on the bubble unless Gruden and Barry have taken stupid pills. Jeffcoat is the fastest and quickest pass rusher the Skins have. He is faster and quicker than Kerrigan and in fact if you put Jr Galette’s jersey on Jeffcoat you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference on the play. Jeffcoat is a lock so that puts it at 7 spots are up for grabs.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      “Jr Galette’s jersey on Jeffcoat you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference on the play”

      You’re player comparisons are pretty outrageous.

      There is a difference between a speed guy like Jeffcoat and Galette’s style coming off the edge. No one is reported to get as low coming off the edge as Gallette. For you to assume that these two are equal at this point means you need to remember you are watching preseason games. Galette is the only guy reported to even challenge Trent Williams in one-on-ones during TC. You are talking about a guy who is third in sacks the last three years in the NFL versus a guy who was cut by the Seattle in 2014. As an edge rusher you need explosion and power off the line more than speed even though speed may help. I don’t read anything suggesting Jeffcoat matches Galette’s ability.

      While Jeffcoat has some giddy-up, lets see if he even gets on the field. While I like his chances of playing due to the lack of any other true edge rusher, I don’t expect him to match the results of Gallette has provided in the last 3 seasons.

    • kenlinkins - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      Wow, Ok, I will give you that both were undrafted Free Agents going into the NFL, but it stops right there. One signed a $41.5 million contract for his play and the other has not even made $0.5 million yet. The Saints did not get a sack in the first two preseason games this year after allowing Galette to leave (checking stats: 22 sacks in two years vs. ONE in one year (odds of Jeffcoat getting 21 sacks this year?). So unless your are talking about another member of the Jeffcoat family , oh wait you did say Jackson Jeffcoat, so I just have to say , No Way! Jeffcoat may made this team but do not mistake him for Galette no matter what jersey he is wearing.

  11. Jason - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    From what we’ve seen I would really like to keep Rashad Ross.

  12. kenlinkins - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    IMO: Rogers and Everett will make it as the 2 DB’s beating out Robinson (S) **** Jeffcoat and Bates as LB’s beating out Plummer ***** And once again Golston will make the team over Kearse (I just do no think that Kearse beat him out and if you are going with only 6 DL then I take Golston). PS Everett to PS in week 2.

    IMO: RG3 get the 3rd QB spot, Reiter makes it for now at center (but the Redskins will be looking to up grade here from the waiver wire) then moves him to PS. WR Ross (the Redskins will start out with 7 WR’s on the roster as a way to protect the talent they have found). They will try and get Trey Williams and Plummer to clear waivers but I see only one of them making it and that is Plummer. Trey Williams home run talent will get him picked up if cut.

    So, the question is: Is RG3 worth more than risking Trey Williams on the waiver wire? Well RG3 sure does have more talent but I just do not know the inside story of what is going on at Redskins Park. So, for now I say RG3 stays, for now! (and we lose Trey Williams).

    • berniebernard666 - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:24 PM

      color me SHOCKED! if Josh Leribeus is not the backup center. A team that wants to win cannot enter the season with a rookie 7th round center as the backup. He is eligible for the practice squad and that is where he is most likely going. I just can’t believe they would go to a rookie center if Kory went down with Josh already has several years of experience behind him and is doing much better.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        Leribeus is a failed guard that is attempting a transition to center. Center is not even his natural position. He was drafted as a zone blocking guard by a different coach and he doesn’t appear to be a true fit anywhere on this line. It didn’t help he struggled horrendously in his first preseason game. I’ve not heard much about him out of the team since. If he was making strides then I’d expect reports out there indicating so. So it makes since they’ll go with a player they drafted Reiter and Ken is probably right in assuming they’ll look for an experienced center cut from another team.

        • ET - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

          While I agree with your assessment of LeRibster, I think Reiter will be stashed on the practice squad for more seasoning. He’s just too green. There was talk of Spencer Long taking some snaps at center. Not sure what became of that.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

          Yeah, I’m not sure where Reiter will end up. I’ve heard some news that he is struggling and this preseason game is very important for him to show something. I agree with Ken where they’ll reach out off the waiver wire for a backup center to replace LeRibeus. This is all speculation of course on my part.

  13. berniebernard666 - Sep 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    personally I don’t think Will Compton will ever make a pro bowl. He will never even be a replacement player for the pro bowl. In fact, he is not all that good. I see no reason to just keep him because he is “just a guy”.

    Unfortunatley the Redskins are really really into keeping people because of where they were drafted. Not my philosophy. Amerson should be cut. Don’t care if he was a 2nd round pick. He cannot tackle. He cannot cover. He is inconsistent. He doesn’t play smart football. If I were in charge…..I would move on and give somebody else a chance to fail like they are giving Amerson over and over.

    Bottom line is….and I am tired of it……the Redskins are losing year after year after year because they fill their roster with players that can be classified as “just a guy”. And they keep people like this for YEARS…instead of realizing their mistakes and then moving on. YEARS………it;s not the way I would run this franchise because it would result in what it has resulted in: finishing LAST int he NFC EAST virtually every single year.

  14. berniebernard666 - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Kedric Golston is “just a guy” and has always been “just a guy” but if I had to choose between him and Kearse I will take the bigger of the 2. Golston has peaked for ability and strength at this point but he is at least better for Goal Line Stands because of his weight. He won’t be around next year so maybe he plays super hard whenever he gets in the game.

  15. goback2rfk - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Nice little post. I am not sure how Andre Roberts is still on the squad. He has had some rough patches out there on the field. I would like to see him contribute some this year.
    The team does not look bad on paper at all.
    Keenan Robinson is a beast. I hope they definitely keep that guy on the roster for awhile. Love his explosiveness and he has a very quick first 5 yards. His short distance speed is excellent. Love the sack he had on Tony Rhomo last year. Hell yeh. This year will be interesting for sure. httr

  16. goback2rfk - Sep 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Love that pile driver Keenan had on the Ravens in preseason this year also. Hell of a play.

  17. warpath1 - Sep 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Another year of short kick offs, really

  18. gasngo14 - Sep 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    what’s up with this team it just doesn’t stop with this organization…….now Scot’s wife tweets Diana Russini is getting her info from Scot because she is his new “side chick”

    LMAO!! you just can’t make this crap up!!!

    What’s next???

    • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 10:22 PM


      Is this your normal hot air? Seriously?
      I had speculated that she had inside sources last week so I’d be easy prey if the jokes on me.

    • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      You know you don’t have many twitter followers when you make “vulgar” comments on Sunday and it makes news on Wednesday.

      • bangkokben - Sep 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM

        ESPN issued the following statement Wednesday evening: “Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments. We are obviously extremely disappointed by today’s developments.”

  19. Darren - Sep 2, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Tom Compton out, jeffcoat in. Spencer out Trey Williams or Ross in. Gotta find room for both. It’s tough

    • Darren - Sep 3, 2015 at 7:15 AM

      I mean will compton

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 3, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      When determining a final cut list you have to fill a roster and not any specific position. Those players on the final list are not anticipated to make any contribution from their “labeled positions”. This is where special teams comes in. Spencer is a lock because he provides coverage ability on both kickoffs and punts. Neither Ross or Trey can provide this, and you can’t just throw any guy out there to do the job. As a result, Spencer is the easy choice for making the final roster. Trey and Rashad are practice squad material at this point. I think with Ross,

      I’m not sure of Will Compton status but he made coaches notice him last season so I don’t expect him getting cut. Also Jeffcoat is a outside linebacker so it’s very possible to have both on the roster. Archives

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