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Redskins depth chart will undergo some shuffling in the next month

Apr 10, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT


In the last couple of days we looked at the current state of the Redskins’ depth chart on offense and on defense. Now let’s look at some aspects of the whole roster and some things that are likely to change between now and the start of OTAs in late May.

—They have three specialists on the roster—K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way, and LS Nick Sundberg. Barring something completely unexpected those are the three who will be on the 53-man roster Week 1. If they do choose to bring in another specialist it will be just to take the practice workload off of one of the three.

—There are currently 30 offensive players and 41 on defense in addition to the specialist. With 74 players under contract, the Redskins will add 16 more to the roster to get to the 90-man offseason limit.

—It should be noted that draft picks count against the roster limit as soon as they are drafted. Up until a few years ago they didn’t count until they signed a contract. With Scot McCloughan saying that he wants to turn the Redskins’ current stock of eight picks into 12 the Redskins will leave plenty of room to add players when the draft commences in about two and a half weeks.

—If they do add a dozen draftees that will bring them up to 86 on the roster. That means that soon after they start signing undrafted free agents—they probably will bring in eight to 12 of them—players will start getting cut to make room for them.

—The Redskins will bring a certain mix of players into OTAs and training camp and that mix is pretty consistent from year to year. They will want to end up with 43-44 on each side of the ball with the three specialists rounding out the 90-man roster. Here is what they need to add on each side of the ball to get up to their normal levels.

—Offense: a total of 13-14 players including 3 tackles, 2 interior linemen, 5 receivers, a quarterback, and three running backs. With the line and receivers fairly healthy they could add fewer players at those spots and bring in a couple of additional players at running back, where Matt Jones, Chris Thompson and Silas Redd are all recovering from injuries.

—Defense: None on line and at linebacker, 1 cornerback, 1-2 safeties. Since there are already at 44 defensive players they likely will cut one for every one they sign or draft.

  1. goback2rfk - Apr 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Tragic News out of New Orleans. Terrible stuff there.

  2. goback2rfk - Apr 10, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Lets go Jordan Speith, Masters 2016 2 years in a row. Its golf day

  3. COSkinsFan - Apr 10, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Its been awhile since we have picked in the 20’s. I’m very excited about it. It seems to me that there is the usual top 5 talent but after that picks 10-40 will have very similiar talent levels. Rich do you thonk this is truer than most years?I think at 21 there will be about 5 players at positions of need CB DT WR that would greatly improve our team and have fairly equal talent at different positions. If we could find a trade partner and still get one of those guys it would be awesome. I would love for us to get Apple then get Thomas, take the best available dline or safety and then take Cardale Jones and this coned from a wolverine fan.

  4. Bogart Holland - Apr 11, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Need a big center and a shut down corner Archives

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