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Redskins 53-man roster breakdown: Is Reed the MVP?

Nov 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT


The Redskins made no deals at the deadline so the 53-man roster remains intact going into the final nine games of the season. As the break for the bye ends, let’s take a look at where they stand with some quick analysis of what to watch for.

Starters in bold.

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III

Any thought that Griffin would be traded was sheer fan and media speculation; the Redskins never received or made a phone call about dealing him. At this point it looks like it will take multiple injuries for him to play.

Running backs: Alfred Morris, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, FB Darrel Young

Morris remains the designated starter as Jay Gruden said there would be no changes at running back. But Jones could well get more touches. Could some of the running game woes be fixed by Darrel Young getting more than the six snaps per game he has averaged this year? There are not two tight ends on the roster who can block well.

Wide receivers: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder (slot receiver), Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross

If Jackson is healthy and active, who goes to the inactive list? Is it Roberts, who did not dress for the Falcons game? Or will it be Ross, who hasn’t produced much at receiver but has been good as the kickoff returner?

Tight end: Jordan Reed, Derek Carrier, Anthony McCoy

Is Reed the MVP? They are 3-2 with him, 0-2 without him.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Spencer Long, C Kory Lichtensteiger (injured, neck), RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses, C Josh LeRibeus, G Arie Kouandjio, T Ty Nsekhe, T Tom Compton

It would not be shocking if Lichtensteiger came back for the Patriots game and it wouldn’t be surprising if we didn’t see him until after Thanksgiving. A neck injury is tough thing to figure out.

Defensive line: Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Stephen Paea, Frank Kearse, Kedric Golston

Hatcher has been getting close without getting a sack more often than anyone else on the defense. That could bode well for a good second half of the season but the Redskins are hoping that his knee holds up.

Linebackers: OLBs Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Jackson Jeffcoat; ILBs Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Mason Foster

There has been plenty of chatter of Smith getting more playing time if not starting; same for Compton. We will see if that comes to pass.

Defensive backs: CBs Bashaud Breeland (injured, hamstring), Chris Culliver (injured, knee), DeAngelo Hall (injured, toe), Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Quinton Dunbar; Safeties Dashon Goldson, Trenton Robinson, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett

I figure that when everyone is healthy, Breeland stays in the starting lineup and then moves to the slot when needed with Hall coming in to cover the outside. Does Jeron Johnson get a shot at redeeming himself in the second half of the season?

Specialists: K Dustin Hopkins, LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way

Hopkins came out of nowhere to become the best kicker in recent memory, although we’re looking at a small sample size. Way is getting better at refining his craft.

  1. bangkokben - Nov 4, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    10/08/2015 Released CB Justin Rogers from Injured-Reserve list (passed physical).

    Does that mean he is available for the 31 other NFL teams only or can he be brought back to the Redskins?

    • Rich Tandler - Nov 4, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      He is available to the 31 other teams immediately, Redskins in six weeks.

      • bangkokben - Nov 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM


  2. redskinscaio - Nov 4, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    I’ve been very impressed with Reed. He makes tough catches, and I don’t remember him ever dropping a pass. But what’s most impressive is his ability to break tackles and get the extra yards needed to get the first downs.

    Moses at right tackle has been great, hasn’t he?

    Trent is a beast at left tackle.

    Lastly, Kirk is playing well for the most part. He has a few bad plays but overall, he’s been good more often than not.

    I hope the special teams continues to hold their own. When they play well, the Skins are able to stay competitive it seems.

    If the Redskins beat the Patriots… Wow, that would be the greatest win since the 2012 season! Go Skins!

    • goback2rfk - Nov 4, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      If Reed stays on the field I will be a believer. Every-time he does something great he breaks your heart with injury.
      I really hope Reed stays healthy the rest of the year.

  3. bangkokben - Nov 4, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    As far as inactive WR, I’d like to see Jackson and Ross on the field the same time. Then again, Roberts is a better run blocker but how is Chris Thompson’s back and the other injuries? Do we dress all six?

  4. bangkokben - Nov 4, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Here are the Redskins with the most snap counts on special teams this season according to FO:
    Jeron Johnson 137
    Darrel Young 130
    Will Compton 110
    Preston Smith 106
    Kyshoen Jarrett 92
    Jackson Jeffcoat 85

    And here are the guys with the most overall:
    Brandon Scherff 526
    Morgan Moses 525
    Dashon Goldson 499
    Kirk Cousins 499
    Trenton Robinson 473

    And here are others from the last two drafts and where that ranks on the team:
    Bashaud Breeland 415, 8th
    Trent Murphy 392, 11th
    Ryan Grant 359, 14th
    Jamison Crowder 318, 16th
    Kyshoen Jarrett 315,17th
    Spencer Long 290, 20th
    Preston Smith 277, 21st
    Matt Jones 184, 29th

    As much as folks “up here” like to complain about development, it appears the Redskins are developing 10 of their picks from the last two drafts. (22% of the active roster)

    • mjthomas85 - Nov 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      A lot of Redskins fans base that “developmental complaint” off of previous regimes. To Gruden’s credit, he is trying to get the young players involved in all aspects of the game. It is great to see young players really starting to produce, especially some of the mid-late round picks.

      • bangkokben - Nov 4, 2015 at 5:17 PM

        Nothing like some evidence to shift their paradigms.

        • ajbus1 - Nov 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

          Thanks again for the interesting FO stuff bangkokben. I think we’re seeing real roster development!

    • goback2rfk - Nov 4, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      I can’t believe you took the time to get all that typed up. Hopefully you copied and pasted it.

  5. goback2rfk - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    I am seeing the Patriots spread go as high as 20 points over the skins and right now. Currently, Vegas has them at 14.5 over the Skins. Maybe we get lucky and Tom Brady has a shitty game who knows. Any given Sunday. httr!
    I would feel better about it if they were playing at FedEx for sure.

  6. Hugh - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Unbelievably, I never lost Faith in the Redskins last week. It felt better than 2012. This is what the doctor ordered. A come from behind victory. HTTR

  7. JOHNNY B - Nov 4, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Dang Rick you are a busy man today. 3 posts and csn I like your facts and your opinions. Good info like usual

  8. goback2rfk - Nov 5, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    Reed would definitely be the MVP if it was not for the injuries. At this point I have the MVP as Crowder. Hell the guy is a 4th rounder and playing big. Do not forget Clam Chowder Crowder is the smallest guy on the football field and is barely old enough to drink a beer let alone weighing in at a buck 65. My morning rituals weigh more than Crowder.
    Can not forget about Garcon who had some grown man catches that basically saved some games for us this season. And I haven’t forgot about Breeland. He has blown some coverage’s a couple times but he is playing pretty damn hard. Archives

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