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Redskins pre-draft depth chart review: Offense

Apr 8, 2016, 12:14 PM EDT


The Redskins’ depth chart is beginning to take shape after some free agency gains and losses. Let’s take a look at where they stand on each side of the ball, starting with the offense.

Starters are listed first, reserves roughly in the order they would appear on a depth chart.

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
Reserve: Colt McCoy

They will look to add one in the draft or perhaps as an undrafted free agent. When it comes down to cutting the roster to the final 53 the decision will be whether they should keep their developmental quarterback on the roster or if they should try to carry him on the practice squad.

Tackle: Morgan Moses, Trent Williams
Reserves: Ty Nsekhe, Takoby Cofield

Nsekhe was the primary backup last year, filling in for both Williams and Moses when dealt with injuries. Tom Compton, who mostly played as an extra tight end last year, has departed to join Kyle Shanahan with the Falcons. That could open the door for Cofield, who was on the practice squad all of last year, to step into a reserve role. They will need to bring in two or three more for OTAs and training camp.

Guard: Brandon Scherff, Spencer Long
Reserves: Arie Kouandjio, Shawn Lauvao

The question mark here is Lauvao, who is recovering from a Week 3 injury to his ankle. He’s almost certainly out for OTAs and his status for training camp and perhaps the start of the regular season are in doubt. They will need someone to fill in for him and a couple of others for the offseason.

Center: Kory Lichtensteiger
Reserves: Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter

Lichtensteiger started and finished the season at center with LeRibeus starting 11 games when Lichtensteiger was out with a neck injury. Reiter, a seventh-round pick last year, was on the practice squad most of the season. It would not be shocking to see any of the three starting this year.

Wide receiver: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder
Reserves: Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross, Andre Roberts, LaRon Byrd

It seems likely that Roberts will get released at some point after he is cleared from the knee injury that landed him on injured reserve for the final six weeks of last season. They likely will to into OTAs with 10-12 receivers so they will probably sign a few more whether or not they draft one.

Tight end: Jordan Reed
Reserves: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Derek Carrier, Marcel Jensen

Carrier is likely to be sidelined into training camp after suffering a torn ACL in December. The Redskins could carry four tight ends on the 53-man roster since they are going to go without a fullback. They might add one more before OTAs.

Running back: Matt Jones
Reserves: Chris Thompson, Silas Redd, Mack Brown

The three top backs are coming off of injuries. Jones had a procedure to repair a hip problem, Thompson had shoulder surgery, and Redd tore his ACL in a preseason game last year. They will want to go into OTAs with six or seven running backs, perhaps more. They will almost certainly will either draft one or sign a veteran free agent to team with Jones and add a few more camp bodies.

  1. bangkokben - Apr 8, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Thanks, Rich. This is kind of speculation I prefer over the draft stuff. I do realize I’m in the minority on this one which is all the more reason I’m appreciative of this piece. Keep up the good work. Lauvao being out this long is crazy. What was the original injury? The same as Niles Paul’s?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM

      I think it was similar, a dislocated ankle. But he also had another issue with his other foot that needed surgery. Gruden and McC both have been reluctant to say much about it, hopefully we’ll get some clarity when OTAs start.

      • kenlinkins - Apr 8, 2016 at 2:35 PM

        I seem to recall something about Lauvao having “concerns” with a slow return after injury (knee I think) while he was in Cleveland and some of his team mates called him out on it. The other side of that coin is that it was Cleveland so it might be nothing. Can the Redskins replace Lauvao with what they have on the roster now?

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 9, 2016 at 1:46 AM

          Long and Kouandjo aren’t bad as alternatives. Long has actual playing time. And, as a third round pick, two years to develop seems about right.

          I’m assuming Rich had Lauvao as a backup because of the injury. Because I would also assume he would start if he makes a full recovery in time for camp. That’s a lot of assumptions though.

          But, if Lauvau somehow can’t return, that would only leave one backup guard. Unless I’m forgetting someone. So that would cause a problem.

          Also, wasn’t Long taking snaps at center? I think I remember them actually testing him at center, not just doing it for emergency skills. I kind of viewed him as a potential candidate to replace Litchensteiger. Maybe that was never really an option though.

  2. cbckbrown - Apr 8, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    So I’ve wondered about Austin Reiter, interesting u say you wouldn’t be surprised if he started? That’s kind of a big statement can u give us any more?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 8, 2016 at 2:02 PM

      No, I said I wouldn’t “shocked”. He’s on the team, they drafted him, and he plays an area that could use an upgrade. That’s all.

      • cbckbrown - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:49 PM

        Ok. Personally I’d certainly be shocked if a 7th round practice squad player started over a guy who has not had a bad redskins career (even if he’s on the wrong side of 30). That would be a pleasant surprise and show that we are developing our guys . I do remember hearing some say that they had some hopes for him but that was about a year ago.

        • shermanp79 - Apr 9, 2016 at 8:49 AM

          KL doesn’t fit what they are looking for in the OL. He isn’t a “power” scheme guy. He is more productive in “zone” scheme. On top of that, getting pushed into the backfield too much doesn’t exactly allow success of the running game. Both he and LeRibeus were pushed back too often. So I would be fine with someone else starting. I think they draft a C to have that competition. They can find quality in the 3-4th round. Even if they aren’t ready week 1, I think someone other than last years starters will be on the field. So no shock here, even Reitter. Let the competition begin, may the best man win.

  3. smotion55 - Apr 8, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Between the people on IR last year and the guys on the practice squad I am curious to find out how Many players out of that group will make the final 53.
    I think Rich’s magic # of turnover was 16 last year I will text that question today

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 8, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    I suspect will see Pierre Thomas in a Redskins uniform again.

    • sidepull - Apr 9, 2016 at 6:20 AM

      I hope so. Hes a really decent pick up for Grudens offense if he returns. He provides some stability and leadership to a shaky, unproven, oft injured backfield.

    • John - Apr 10, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      As a free agent pickup during the season, should there be an injury.

  5. bk70 - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    That’s only 30 players on Offense. Shouldn’t that number be 40-45 on offense with an upcoming 90 man roster?

    • Sam - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:34 PM

      Undrafted free agents and pickups after the post-draft cuts

      • bk70 - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:54 PM

        Or is the message, our offense is pretty much in place right now? All newcomers can battle it out for the practice squad.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 9, 2016 at 1:53 AM

          I hope not. I think the RB squad is in desperate need of at least one more player with starter potential. Either an early-ish pick or a reliable vet.

          I think we would be crazy not to draft a WR who could at least be a #2 by next year. But it would also be nice to have someone better than Grant/Ross in case one of the 3 starters go down. Shouldn’t be too hard to find a better receiver than Ross. He’s terrible.

          And the OLine could probably use another developmental tackle. Maybe guard too. It scares me to think what the line would look like if Williams, Moses, or Scherff goes down.

        • ohioskins - Apr 9, 2016 at 9:18 AM

          No, I don’t think that’s the message. I think it’s more, “this is who is on the roster as of right now”. That’s all. I wouldn’t try to read more into this than what is actually there.

    • murphsman - Apr 9, 2016 at 8:12 AM

      Apparently you didn’t read closely enough. First of all, it says pre-draft depth chart. Secondly, he said it’s beginning to take shape after some free agency adds and losses. So it’s clearly not even close to being finished.

  6. austrianhttrfan - Apr 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    I remember you mentioning that late round picks often takes YEARS to develop into a starting role, what makes you believe that Reiter could be developed after 1 year?

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:03 PM

      I’m not Rich, or rich! But I’m jumping in with a guess:

      Because the other two guys didn’t get it done last year?

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 9, 2016 at 1:55 AM

      I think you might be reading too much into that comment. He just said he wouldn’t be shocked. Not that he expects it or it’s likely. I think that was more a statement about how much that position is in flux.

      It would be surprising for most 7th round picks to start, ever. Archives

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