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

Sep 4, 2015, 8:24 AM EDT


The Redskins roster will be finalized by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Some players helped and hurt themselves in last night’s backups-only fourth preseason game. But most of the cake was already baked.

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 6.0


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

I think that Griffin sticks through tomorrow. Whether he is still on the roster on opening day is up in the air.

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

LeRibeus hangs on as the only viable option to backup at center.

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

Hamm could be just a temporary addition as the team could scan the waiver wire to add a tight end who can block.

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


Defensive line (6): Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephan Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston

They have gone with seven on the DL in most years but I think they need an extra linebacker to help on special teams.

Outside linebacker (5): Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Houston Bates, Jackson Jeffcoat

Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight, Terrance Plummer

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; 18 new to the Redskins organization in 2015 including eight draft picks

Last 6 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—As noted, 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 week against the Ravens by chasing down Asa Jackson on a kickoff return, preventing a touchdown. This team needs special teams help. 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.

LB Terrance Plummer—He’s undersized (5-11, 231) but he works sideline to sideline and just seems like a good, hard-working player to have around.

LB Jackson Jeffcoat—The injury to Junior Galette opened the door for him and he took advantage with an interception and a sack/strip against the Ravens. If the coaches like his work on special teams he should make it.

Last 5 cuts

DL Frank Kearse—Last year’s surprise inclusion on the roster may end up as a surprise cut. The team needs bodies to contribute on special teams and that means an extra linebacker. They may try to get by with six D-linemen. Kearse has missed time with a shoulder injury, dropping him behind Kedric Golston for the last spot.

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 25 catches for 266 yards and four 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 may have made a case to make the 53.

OT Ty Nsekhe—If they want a second backup tackle it will be between the rookie Cofield and the lightly-experienced 29-year-old Nsekhe.

RB Trey Williams—He could develop into a true home run threat but for right now there isn’t any room for him at running back. It’s likely the will try to get him onto the practice squad.

  1. jim - Sep 4, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    You are nuts. Ross beats Spencer hands down….maybe I should do your posting for you…..get a new job, hater.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:24 AM

      You don’t understand how to build a roster then. It’s clear there are at least 5 WRs ahead of Ross so he won’t likely even see the field as WR. As a returner on special teams he never separated himself from others that do the same. Now, Spencer has coverage ability on both kick offs and punts. Also the team already lost two ST coverage stalwarts in Hayward and Paul. So anyone with experience putting together a roster knows that Spencer is the obvious choice.

      There is not hating in this case. It’s just a fan that has no clue about how to run a team.

      The better question is why not Ross over Crowder since Crowder hasn’t been on the field much with a hamstring injury?

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM

        Btw – I’m suggesting taking Ross over Crowder. I’m only stating that would be a more fitting question since both play WR and are returners on special teams.

        • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:55 AM

          Crowder is a draft pick that has bonus money tied to his contract for years – not much but still an investment that would be lost while Ross – if he is picked up – you’re not losing an investment.

        • ET - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:16 PM

          Your comparison (Ross v. Crowder) is definitely more accurate. No way Crowder doesn’t make it, though. Ross undoubtably looked good. If he’s a final cut, he won’t clear waivers.

        • troylok - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM

          Spencer plays special teams and therefore sticks around. Plus, they devoted a draft pick to him. I have to ask if Ross wouldn’t be better to hang onto than Grant, though. Grant drops a lot of balls, and I think that led the team to lose faith in him late last season. And, when you get right down to it, has Andre Roberts done enough good stuff to warranty his salary? I’d keep all of the young guys and dump Roberts.

    • burakuzy6592 - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM

      RIGHT^^ No way Spencer beats Ross

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:34 PM

        You’re easy money to be had if I could wager you on it

        • ET - Sep 4, 2015 at 1:02 PM

          Dunno, it’s possible Spencer goes to the practice squad and Ross stays (even though I agree with your logic above). Has Spencer cleared concussion protocol yet?

    • burakuzy6592 - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM

      Andre Roberts has been a dud since he came here. I think Roberts and Golston need to go, vet or not

      • ET - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM

        As we’ve talked about on here several times, while Roberts has been disappointing, it makes no financial sense to cut him. Just a waste of money. Next year, if he can’t perform better in games, he’ll be gone.

      • rtcwon - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

        Roberts & Golston are un-cut-able due to salary cap and teams play respectively.

    • wncskinsfan - Sep 4, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      jeez jim, whose “nuts”? look at your post? who’s the “hater” look at your post. so sick of internet jerks. I hope you are a better person in physical reality.

  2. voice4thefans - Sep 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    how can you keep these 2 Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer over Ross

  3. voice4thefans - Sep 4, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Everybody should Remember if the GM drafted you ,you makes the team , now isn’t that stupid ??

  4. timwillhidetimwillhide - Sep 4, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Seems like a lot of people put stock in players that play well against backups

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      It happens every season. Lake Seastruck anyone?

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

        or Seastrunk or something like that last name.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:10 AM

        Colt Brennan

      • hail74 - Sep 4, 2015 at 2:35 PM

        Marcus mason. For years that guy would get a camp invite, look good against 3rd stringers, get cut and have fans moaning that he should’ve been kept.

        • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 7:01 PM

          Man, if we would’ve kept him, could you imagine where this organization would be? ;)

      • shermanp79 - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        who(Seastrubk) was cut 2 wks ago… think DAL??clearly can’t catch or block. otherwise that speed would find him on a roster somewhere.

        The other thing with Ross, he has been around a few years. Having prior TC and off seasons should allow him an advantage against most other young guys, most late round picks. Not that he hasn’t improved but is he fool’s gold. It’s a tough call because he obviously has developed and has some ability.

    • Dcwun - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      We do. Is that only reserved for QB play?

  5. hail74 - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    I think spencer makes it over Ross because he is better at special teams. Your 6th receiver isn’t going to get in on offense too much so must be good at teams.

  6. kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    So, Saturday is the day we Redskins fans get to see if the new GM is more concerned with making the play-offs in 2016 or gaining one or two more wins in 2015. Is he going to remove all or most of the over paid, under performing, older, bad contract/ just a guy types who are not a core / building block for 2016/2017 this year even if they are a step ahead of younger talent in need of game reps and development? Keeping guys like LeRibeus, Riley, Golston, Hatcher, Goldson, RG3, Hall, and Roberts (none of which should be starting and are backs ups / sub package guys), with Larsen/ Reiter, Bates, Plummer, Kearse, Ross, Dunbar, Everett, and Williams all showing a raising level of talent and could be still raw gems. Keeping a guy because he is a 1/2 step better today without regard to what your coaching staff should be able to do with a player in a full NFL season is a mistake if you are reloading / rebuilding. You are looking for the next guy/gem who pushes you ahead a ton at little or no cost, not cheap insurance/back ups guys in case on injury when rebuilding. The new GM said he wanted to change the culture of this team, then why not have more turn over in year one and move out anyone you believe will not buy in to the program. If the new GM cuts 1/2 of the guys listed above, I would be happy knowing we would lose a few more games in 2015 but 2016 / 2017 should be the first of many very good years of 10 wins or more. You are not going to develop 30 year old back up DL, CB, WR and S.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      I like your premise but the key in choosing to move forward with younger players over a more seasoned veteran is first to insure they have a higher ceiling. Also remember that practice squad gives you more flexibility with young inexperienced players over veterans. Cutting veterans are normally quickly snatched up by another team (i.e. Polumbus). A team could quickly find themselves not only stuck with inexperience players struggling as starters but ones that are later discovered will never reach the heights of the veterans they replaced.

      How confident are you that, for example, Reiter will eventually be better than LeRibeus? Would it be a safer approach to move Reither to PS until the team can be sure he can be a better option?

      • kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:44 AM

        Agreed, there are those would should spend time on the Practice Squad once you have build up a core of young talent behind the starters. The Redskins have not done that yet and still have way too many “just a guy” types (i.e. bottom 1/4 of NFL starters) playing way too many snaps. That is where your GM and HC must take a few risks to gain the reward of finding a few gems to replace the “JAT’s” . There will be failure and rookie mistakes made but also play makers found and ground gained on Dallas, Philly and NY, which is the key to getting into the play-offs. Taking the safe, run of the mill way gets you 6-10 on your best years and 3-13 and 4-12 on your worst. This team requires play makers and they are not going to be found in guys like Golston, Hatcher, Riley, LeRibeus, etc etc. Do I feel that today Reiter / Larsenis are better than LeRibeus, no, but why be so concerned and fear a injury that may not happen, run the risk of keeping Reiter / Larsen as the odds are small they would play any time soon and could be your next big development find, and if injury does hit you can always find a “JAT’s” waiting by the phone on Monday to keep you from losing 35 to 7 next week if both are a bust or not ready, in truth it is a one game at risk.

        • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM

          NONE of the young guys that get cut this weekend are going to be on ANY team’s opening day 53. If any of this bunch (Larsen/ Reiter, Bates, Plummer, Kearse, Ross, Dunbar, Everett, and Williams) doesn’t make the Redskins, they aren’t going to instantly make another team’s final 53 while the opposite is true for the other lot.

        • kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

          I am not so sure about that. I see a lot of talent in a few of those guys and the better teams know that having two or three young developing talents who can play Special Teams are a good to find. Better teams know that you should take some risk on talented – under developed – undrafted free agents when trying to rebuild a team. A great way to jump start the over all talent level of a team. And that has been a key problem for the Redskins, not having a few young UDFA talents who bloom into very good players and send you back into the Free agent market year after year vs. the “JAG’s” who are very easy to replace with other “JAG’s”. The key is finding the talents others missed and the new GM just might have that talent with what I see at the lower end of the roster.

  7. bk70 - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Did Larsen or Bates show enough this year to make them worthy of the Practice Squad? Seems we have trouble developing Centers over time.

    • bk70 - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM

      I meant Reiter not Bates.

      • ET - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM

        At least one should make the practice squad, probably Reiter.

  8. gonavybeatarmy - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    If we’re to believe that McCloughan has been empowered to build the roster with the goal of finally becoming a sustainable long-term contender, it may be worth noting that both Garçon and Jackson turn thirty next season and are 6′ and 5’10, respectively. And, they alone will account for approximately 13% of next year’s projected cap when the team still has glaring holes. In addition, Roberts will certainly not be on the roster next season as his dead cap in the event of a release will drop from $5.75MM this season to $2MM in 2016.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      That’s a good point. Salary cap-wise, it makes no sense to cut any of the three this year.

      But next year, there’s a good chance only one of the three (Jackson or Garcon, really) will remain on the team.

      • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM

        With that in mind, if the Redskins aren’t in a semi-decent position in terms of record by the bye week, I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to trade someone like Garcon for a draft pick or two to a team with a winning record that needs a wide receiver. The move would provide cap space and picks for next year, and the team could say they wanted to place a hardworking vet in position to win a ring, since they are rebuilding.

        As for A. Roberts, has probably tried to shop around for a trade opportunity, but hasn’t found any takers. If they can unload him to someone else, they will keep Rashad Ross. Otherwise, I think Ross gets cut due to the salary cap implications of releasing Roberts.

        Can anyone think of a team that would trade something better than a 6th round pick for A. Roberts?

        • gonavybeatarmy - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:51 PM

          They are a well run organization and don’t normally make bad deals, but I could see the Ravens in the market for a receiver as they’re built to compete for the conference now and light at receiver.

          Other than Steve Smith, who is still effective but less so than five years ago, the Ravens have challenges at receiver. Their top pick Perriman was expected to step in immediately and replace Torey Smith. Marlon Brown, a player they expected to develop a couple of years ago, may get released. Campanaro is contstantly injured. Dennis Pitta, whom they use as a slot receiver more than TE, missed all of last season and won’t be available any earlier than the seventh game. And Max Williams, as a pass catching rookie TE, barely played in the preseason.

          Again, the Ravens normally don’t make stupid trades and overpay. But they did deal 4th and 5th 2014 picks a few games into the 2013 season as there was a clear need with Oher being a bust.

        • cal - Sep 4, 2015 at 5:57 PM

          Carolina/Jaguars/Browns…. Point being a few teams are out there… Kansas City/San Diego

  9. redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    I find it very frustrating that Crowder couldn’t play in a key preseason game due to this on-going hamstring issue. I do understand he was drafted by McCoughlan but there will be many legit grips if Ross is cut while Crowder stays on. I just don’t understand this Spencer over Ross debate when in fact the real choice is Crowder or Ross.

  10. faceholes10 - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Cut Colt McCoy. This guy is holding on to a game in Dallas that the defense won. Keep Ross. Done and done.

  11. Chris - Sep 4, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Spencer has not looked good.

    With the potential resigned of Garçon and/or Jackson, I think that Ross will stick, we will resign Jackson and move on from Garçon.
    That way we can add a taller red zone target via draft or FA.

    Roberts may be let go too depending on this year. Too much instability. Keeping Crowder Grant and Ross is the smart move.

  12. cowboyhater - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    It’s nice to talk about these players in terms of potential, or over the hill but let’s have a professional GM make the call. I kind of trust someone who’s been around the game and has built SB teams, not “Joe the fan” who gets on here and talks about players they don’t see at practice, or how they are in the locker room, or if they study game film, or do the extra things after practice to improve at their craft. Do you know this? I certainly don’t,…so when we get down to our final 53, I feel fairly confident that SM can handle making the right calls. It will take more than one FA off-season, and draft for our GM to get this team to become consistent. If anyone thinks this team will win more than 5 games this year, then you are kidding yourselves. SM knows this as well, and is in this for the long haul…not the short term quick fix.

    • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:11 AM

      I know this team CAN win more than 5 games this year, but agree completely about the rest of your take.

      • rtcwon - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:38 PM

        If I’m wrong about Cousins and he learns to read not guess, this team CAN win 10+ games.

        If D coaches watch as much tape as they should and catch up to Kelly, this team WILL win the east.

  13. smotion55 - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    practice squad will get 8 who qualify, if Ross has played he would have to be on roster.I would get rid of Roberts and rg3, LiRibeus, and Riley if Bates and PLummer if they can cover better i would keep them also. that way you can keep Spencer also

    • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      The problem with cutting A. Roberts and RG3 is the cap implications. I think it would combine for something like $12.5 million for the two of them, which is a lot more than the space we have. If you cut them at the end of the season or trade them, financially, we are in much better shape. I said it earlier, but the team is probably shopping around for a mid or late round draft pick for Roberts. They could free up cap space and keep R. Ross, if they traded him.

    • rtcwon - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      PS has been expanded to ten. I can’t really understand what else you are trying to say but Roberts is un-cuttable. No FA signing can be cut in the first two years because of salary cap.

      Riley is the starter and may flourish in the new scheme. Get over it.

      • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 1:19 PM

        Great news about the practice squads. As for Roberts, you are saying the same thing as me. Cutting him wouldn’t make sense for the cap, for the same reason cutting RG3 doesn’t make sense for the cap.

        • Skulb - Sep 4, 2015 at 3:06 PM

          Might depend on how much he´s soured I think. The tradition is to blame everyone else when things go wrong. If he keeps that up he might have to go regardless of cap implications. If nothing else the locker room might be a better place this season.

        • rtcwon - Sep 4, 2015 at 3:13 PM

          I was replying to the other post, not yours. But RGIII is cut-able, his cap number will be the same $6.7M on the team or not. He just needs to clear the concussion protocol first. Cutting Roberts increases his cap number by $2M, from $3.75M to $5.75M.

          The practice squad rules, both numbers and eligibility, changed prior to last year by the way.

  14. celeoinc - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Right on the money Rich, except that Long may be gone. I think they will keep the Big Right Tackle ( I forgot his name). I agree with everything else.

    • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Long had a bad night, for sure. They aren’t going to part with a 2nd year 3rd rounder who had a bad night. It was nice to see him get a ton of work. He certainly doesn’t look like the first guard of the bench though.

      • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

        If Long has another year to develop, he could end up being the guy that replaces S. Luvauo (?). Regardless of that, the team stuck by Leribeus through far worse play, so I think they will stick with Long for at least another year.

        • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:08 PM

          Agreed but it’s not about we did this for this guy so we do it for that guy. Both cases they don’t have better options behind them. In Long’s case, with Scherff being moved to guard, there is a lot more competition. We have drafted how many guards since 2012? LeRibeus, Long, Scherrf, Kouandjio, am I missing someone else?

        • ET - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:48 PM

          Adam Gettis in ’12, Maurice Hurt in ’11.

        • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 1:23 PM

          Yeah…lot’s of guards. With Callahan as the O-line coach, we should finally see some development in these players and competition will leave us with the best guy available. I do think LeRibeus will be gone after this season with so many guards in development and probably a center on the practice squad.

    • Skulb - Sep 4, 2015 at 3:08 PM

      Do you mean Ty Nsekhe?

      • celeoinc - Sep 4, 2015 at 5:49 PM

        Yes. Thanks!

  15. bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    This replace Andre Roberts talk is ludicrous. It’s based purely on emotion from LAST year’s performance. Have you watched him play this preseason? So you only saw the fumbled punt return and twice not come down with difficult throws? If it wasn’t for some his catches against Detroit, Cousins might still be the number two. He bailed Kirk out early and often. Did you see that he didn’t even dress last night? He’s not on an injury report. So just accept the fact that he made the team. As for Ross, he might make the team if the team goes with two QBs or two TEs but no GM is going to give up year one on his draft picks without good reason. Have you seen good reason to give up on the receivers drafted? They get four year contracts with bonuses. They are the building blocks of your team, you don’t cast them aside until they show that they can’t learn what you want them to do.

    • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      I agree with you on the draft picks and the talk of cutting Roberts. None of those scenarios make any sense for the team, especially as it relates to the salary cap.

      However, the team may look to trade him for a mid to late round pick to free up cap space for future moves and keep Ross. While Roberts has more experience, I am not sure that he is worth the money if you get a fifth or sixth round pick for him and can keep Ross. Ross may end up being a great diamond in the rough that just needs an opportunity to show what he can do.

      • bangkokben - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:05 PM

        Ross doesn’t have the body to contribute on teams except as a return man which this team has plenty. You’re sixth WR has to play teams or is inactive on game days in which you need another position to play teams. Trading Roberts exists only as a remote possibility. Very few teams are desperate for WR as virtually every team has their five guys and have their own version of Ross. Green Bay, maybe?

        • mjthomas85 - Sep 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM

          Green Bay is the only team that jumps out to me with the loss of Jordy. I am sure there are others, especially if someone loses a WR to injury over the next two days.

  16. Cire - Sep 4, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    So long as Jackson Jeffcoat makes the roster I’m good, he has something and we need it. Pass rushing ability /playmaking. As good as Ryan Kerrigan is as an all around complete football player, Jeffcoat has a burst /speed to rush the Passer, especially after losing junior gallette for the season. . The rest of the possible cuts Ross etc. I wouldn’t be that upset, like some said there is always a seastrunk, Marko Mitchell etc. And remember other teams like the young undrafted players they have been developing as well so there is a high percentage they will make it to the practice squad. I hope there is a blocking TE out there that was a numbers cut we can add to bolster. Httr!

  17. rtcwon - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    I agree they keep an extra LB instead of DL for teams play but 9 LBs is one extra, I don’t see two extra at the expense of a CB also. 6 DL, 9 LB, 5 CB, 5 S is what they had last year and I see that again. Really hard to go with just 4 CB when 3 are on the field almost all the time. I guess TRob’s and Jarrett’s ability to fill in at the slot makes it possible but I still don’t think it is prudent.

    I think Everette as 6th CB is Breeland’s place holder. LB comes down to Jeffcoat, Plummer & Spaight for two jobs with Bates as a lock because he’s a significantly better teamer than those three. Outside is more important so I think Jeffcoat is on. Normally you would take the Mike, Spaight over the Jack, Plummer but Compton can play both and Plummer is better on teams so I would take him over Spaight. But some feel you always take picks over UDFAs.

    Lots of tough choices on Offense. 9 OL, 3 TE, 4 RB, 3 QB, 6 WR seems most likely but they could go one extra OL, RB or WR with one less TE or QB. Long & LeRibeus tried to play their way off the roster last night but the guys behind them just aren’t viable. Nsekhe is well ahead of Cofield and has a shot if they go with 10 OL.

    The two reasons Spencer is ahead of Ross is he gives you much more on teams than Ross and he’s two inches taller than any other WR on roster. The only question about Crowder is can he withstand being tackled by grown men but the coaches trust him.

    If it was me, I would go with 10 OL, 2 TE, 2 QB & 7 WR to keep Nsekhe & Ross. But since it is not me, here is my PS prediction:
    Nsekhe, Ross, Williams, Hamm, Crawford, Spaight/Plummer, Everette, Dunbar, Cofield/outsider, DCS/outsider

  18. warpath1 - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Ross will not be unemployed for long if we cut him. I think we will regret it if we do

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      He’s been on other teams in the past but I don’t think he ever got past the practice squad. I think it depends if teams think he has progressed from prior years.

  19. toyota9828 - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    I would Rich Tandler is spot on with this

  20. redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Professional counselling may be needed for the fans that are sure of Rashad Ross making this team. I’d be happy to have him on but I don’t know how you include him and not leave a huge void on special team coverage. Heck, I’d be even happy to have him over Roberts but an experienced player with a big cap impact if cut is not going to make that likely.

    Two weeks into the season and some fans will already start struggling to remember his name.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Sep 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM

      Well Keim has Ross as making the 53! He changed his choice after the game last night. I still say nay!

      • kenlinkins - Sep 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        While I like Ross, he is not my first concern with having talented guys staying here in Washington. I think guys like Dunbar, Plummer, Bates, Cofield, Everett, Jeffcoat, Trey Williams and a few others have shown a ton of promise (no I do not think all of them are ahead of Ross). These guys have yet to “flatten / top “out like so many of the back ups who I admit are ahead right now in thier play by a 1/2 step on the development latter. Yes, I understand that many feel that the practice squad is the only place to develop these young guns, but I just disagree. IMO some of them would become play makers if started on Special Teams, one of the Redskins weakest positions. IMO the risk of losing maybe a game or two more this year would be off set by the wins the Redskins would pick up in 2016 and 2017. Plus, it would be a bold move by the new GM and could help to rebuild the “team first” culture missing for so long. Thinking more long term vs. “I require a few more wins” to keep my coaching / GM / President job?

  21. gasngo14 - Sep 4, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Roberts not going any where unless they find a good trade somewhere period!!

  22. warpath1 - Sep 4, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    i understand the cap hit with roberts, but evertime he has the ball or is thrown the ball i expect to see it hit the ground. many times it does

  23. brucefan1 - Sep 4, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    FREE RG3!

    Use the roster spot the Skins are squandering on him for someone they MIGHT actually play.

    (Besides, I’m dying to see where he ends up! Heard speculation about practically half the teams in the NFL!! LOL)

    FREE RG3!!

    FREE RG3!!!

  24. cal - Sep 4, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    QB: Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin, Colt McCoy
    RB: Darrel Young, Alfred Morris, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson
    TE: Jodan Reed, Derrick Carrier
    OL: Trent Williams, Shawn Luavao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Schreff, Morgan Moses, Arie Kouandjio, Tom Compton
    WR: Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre
    Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross
    LB: Ryan Kerrigan, Keenan Robinson, Perry
    Riley Jr., Jackson Jeffcoat, Preston Smith,
    Martrell Spaight, Will Compton, Trent Murphy,
    Houston Bates, Terrance Plummer
    DB: Dashon Goldson, Duke Ihenacho, Deangelo Hall, Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett, Trenton Robinson, Damon Cromartie Smith, Quinton Dunbar
    DL: Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, Robert Thomas, Ricky Jean Francisco

    I don’t have have Kedrick Golston making the roster didn’t do anything to make a case for a roster spot it’s time to move on & get younger at the position… Pushed out by Robert Thomas… I don’t have Josh Leribeus making the roster I can see a waiver pick up here maybe Brian De La Puente/ J.D. Walton who can & have played C/OG…. I don’t have Evan Spencer making the 53 but will go to the practice squad due to the emergence of Rashad Ross… However he could make it onto the 53 if Andre Roberts is shopped for a draft pick/a blocking TE to maybe WR needy Carolina Panthers… But for now I have them going 2 TE’s with Tom Compton being able to serve as a blocking TE

    • rtcwon - Sep 4, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      Only 7 OL, 10 LB & 4 CBs with Dunbar as the 4th will not happen.

      I liked Thomas at NT last year but Powe has shown more this year.

      There is no one to replace Golston’s roles on teams. Maybe Kearse but he’s not on your roster either and he forgot to line up last night.

      • cal - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        Spaight, Jeffcoat, Bates, Rogers, Plummer…. All have shown special teams presence… Golston has shown nothing only 2 tackles all preseason… Never been a threat creating pressure off the DL.. Powe should b pushed out by Robert Thomas for the back up at NT far more productive then Power/Golston… We have enough veteran presence on the DL with Hatcher, Knighton, Paea, Jean-Francisco & Baker

        • rtcwon - Sep 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM

          I have all those guys on the 53 except think it is Spaight or Plummer. But they are all punt and kick coverage guys not capable of filling Golston’s blocking roles on place kick and kickoff return units.

          I do agree DL needs an infusion of youth but it is just not there this year. Except the gift that fell to us at #5 – oh wait, I’m not going to start that…

      • cal - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        Remember that Kyshoen Jarrett can play both safety/slot CB… If Quinton Dunbar doesn’t make the cut Deshazor Everett will… And I only have 7 OL thinking that the team will look for some one that can play C/OG such as De La Puente/J.D. Walton instead of going with Leribeus…. My DL is so thin bcuz the team has Murphy & Smith & Bates on the roster & each possess the size to fill in on the DL in a pinch… I’m sure that the DC will find a way to utilize all the pass rush on the roster with a lotof exotic blitz packages…

        • rtcwon - Sep 5, 2015 at 12:10 AM

          I didn’t count your overall number to see if you accounted for outside guys being added. Regardless of where they come from, at least 9 OL will be on the team.

          6 DL is normal, not thin. And just because Murphy, Smith or Kerrigan may be used with two other OLBs in dime situations does not mean any of them can “fill in at DE in a pinch.” I assume you meant Kerrigan because Bates is smallish for an OLB, much less a DE.

    • cal - Sep 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      I forgot to add Justin Rogers CB

      • rtcwon - Sep 5, 2015 at 12:01 AM

        K, 5 CBs makes a lot more sense. And I can understand the argument to cut Amerson. Don’t agree but understand.

        For the record, I’m high on both Everett and Dunbar. Also in my earlier post, I conceded TRob & Jarrett’s ability to fill in at the slot as a possible way to justify only 4 CBs. That still is not prudent since three are almost always on the field and no way prospects like Rodgers, Everett or Dunbar would be one of just four.

  25. cal - Sep 4, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Maybe trade Andre to Carolina for TE Ed Dickson… Proven blocking TE & can make some plays in the passing game Archives

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