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Redskins post-draft depth chart, offense: Most starting jobs are set

May 4, 2016, 11:12 AM EDT


Here is a look at the Redskins’ depth chart on offense after the draft. Undrafted free agents whose signings have been announced by the team are included.

Quarterback (3)

Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld

The question here is if Sudfeld will end up on the 53-man roster or if he will end up on the practice squad. If he looks good in the preseason it will be risky to try to get him through waivers and onto the practice squad.

Tackle (4)

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

Guard (5)

Starters: Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff
Reserves: Arie Kouandjio, Shawn Lauvao, Cody Booth

Center (3)

Starter: Kory Lichtensteiger
Reserves: Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter

After taking five offensive linemen in the two previous drafts the Redskins bypassed the position in this year’s draft. The two tackle spots and Scherff are set as starters. Left guard will be a competition between Long, Kouandjio, and, if healthy, Lauvao. The three listed at center plus Long all have a shot at starting with Lichtensteiger the nominal favorite.

Tight end (6)

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

Receiver (7)

Starters: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Reserves: Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross, Andre Roberts

If Davis still has something left in the tank and if Doctson can make an impact in the red zone this could be a pass catching group that will keep opposing defensive coordinators in their offices very late before playing the Redskins. Roberts is probably going to be released at some point before training camp but he is on the roster until that happens.

Running back (4)

Starter: Matt Jones
Reserves: Keith Marshall, Chris Thompson, Mack Brown

It remains to be seen if Marshall can be Jones’ tag team partner in the Redskins’ running back committee. It would not be surprising to see a veteran like Pierre Thomas brought in to help prop things up.

There currently are 33 players on offense; the Redskins will want to go into OTAs with about 43. They should bring in three or four offensive linemen, four or five receivers and three running backs as either undrafted free agents or veteran free agents.

Nine of the 11 starting positions are set (all but left guard and center).

  1. jim - May 4, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Watch out for Dominick Richards, C, from JMU…..nice height and weight and skilked. Very, very smart, Pre Med major, so anything is possible being he was invited to Rookie Mini Camp. A Matt Birk type plyr, smart, good size and with big questions at the Center position today, he couldn’t have chosen a better team to come to for the chance to prove his ability and worth.

    • renhoekk2 - May 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM

      Interesting prospect. Like the fact that he started out at JMU as a TE. Should be pretty athletic and have good feet for the position.

    • sarcasticdave94 - May 4, 2016 at 12:15 PM

      Thanks for the info. Your opinion, do you think this guy wins the center job? In other words, would you start him if he proved to be an upgrade from Kory?

    • Mike - May 4, 2016 at 2:54 PM

      Nice; sounds like he could be a Great fit; let’s keep them fingers crossed then; sure we could Always use One more 6-6 center…. Sounds Awesome!!

    • Mr.moneylover - May 4, 2016 at 8:42 PM

      Yeah I heard redskins like him alot …he will definitely get a chance to compete for the job…I actually think Spencer long will be the backup this season he struggle to get to the second level in the run game and redskins want that to be the key focus this off-season… The right side of the line expected to be the same but we might see 2 new faces on the inside starting

  2. bangkokben - May 4, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    These are SBnation undrafted FAs. Who knows how accurate they are?

    Donzale Ashley, S, Ashland
    Kevin Bowen, OT, East Central
    Lloyd Carrington, CB, Arizona State
    Tevin Carter, S, Utah
    Michael Cooper, TE, Indiana
    Shiro Davis, DE, Texas
    Reginald Diggs, WR, Richmond
    Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Fresno State
    Joe Gore, OT, Clemson
    Travis Greene, RB, Bowling Green
    Maurice Harris, WR, Cal
    Johnta Hebert, RB, Prairie View A&M
    Dominick Jackson, OT, Alabama
    Rob Kelley, RB, Tulane
    Joe Kerridge, FB, Michigan
    Anthony Lanier, DE, Alamaba A&M
    Kelly Mason, LS, Kentucky
    Geno Matias-Smith, DB, Alabama
    Andre McCullouch, WR, Rocky Mountain
    Kenneth Springer, DB, NM Highlands

    • renhoekk2 - May 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM

      Interested in some of the edge guys like Shiro Davis and Ederaine. The two safeties Ashley and Carter are of the bigger variety like Cravens. Maybe they are going all in on this “Dime LB” position.

      • shermanp79 - May 5, 2016 at 1:59 AM

        Harris WR from CAL may be able to make some plays this TC and Pre Season. He needs to add some weight but he has some skills. When you watch Goff highlights, you see him a bit making some nice plays. I can’t believe he wasn’t Drafted.

        In regards to the S, should be fun to watch in TC, there will be some young guys hitting, flying around but there isn’t much room. If they only keep 4,thats tight to start. Now if Duke can’t stay healthy , ADAIN, then most likely they move on.

    • Rich Tandler - May 4, 2016 at 12:37 PM

      Well, for one thing, if these 20 players were actually signed to contracts then the Redskins would be five over the 90-man limit. Which is why CSN’s policy is to stay away from the topic until signings are announced. Many may be trout players.

      • bangkokben - May 4, 2016 at 3:17 PM

        When is the time that the undrafted signings become official? It seems like only a few years ago that this would be big news the day after the draft. Now it’s been more than 72 hours and still no official word.

        • Trey Gregory - May 5, 2016 at 1:19 AM

          It gets confusing because the UFAs go to Twitter and say a team picked them up. Then people start reporting from less reputable blogs or just reposting all over Twitter. So everyone thinks it’s true. But it’s often just an invitation to come to camp or maybe for an interview: not necessarily to sign. You never know until the team actually announces they’re signing them. It usually takes about a week to get it all sorted out.

          I just know because I work the sports desk at the local paper and we have people calling in all day to ask (old people who don’t know what Google is) about if their team signed any UFAs. We can’t tell them anything until the team makes it official.

    • skinsdiehard - May 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      I look for WR Diggs or Maurice Harris to bump Ryan Grant or Rashad Ross off the roster. Grant drops too many passes for someone considered to have good hands. He must look good in practice but he chokes in games.

      Tevin Carter at safety was actually draftable. I think Ihenacho or Blackmon could be in trouble.

      The undrafted OT’s Dominick Jackson or Joe Gore could prove to be better than Takoby Cofield. Some of these UFA’s have a chance to make the 53.

      • rtcwon - May 4, 2016 at 2:53 PM

        If more than 1 UDFA makes the 53, it will be one interior OL and one somewhere on D. And it is much more likely that Jarrett can’t play than Ihenacho not make the 53. In fact he’s the base strong Cravens will have to beat out. And the sub package strong when Cravens slides to ILB.

    • ET - May 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

      There are some intriguing players on the UDFA list. Safety seems suddenly crowded, but the guy from Utah is promising. I’ve heard some good things about RB Greene from my Hoosier friends as well. Undersized but shifty.

      • shermanp79 - May 5, 2016 at 2:40 AM

        real skinny legs, wonder if does more WR stuff in NFL The other possible UDFA RB signing of Hebert might be another guy to watch.

    • goback2rfk - May 4, 2016 at 6:18 PM

      sure let me just look that right up. lmao

  3. sarcasticdave94 - May 4, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    You’re very likely more knowledgeable than I Rich, but my belief is Andre Roberts WILL be released as soon as he clears injury protocol.

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    If we just have a bit more luck on the injury front that we did last year, our offense should be much better.

  5. coolestfrood - May 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    The key to our offense is (of course) QB play. If we avoid injuries, Cousins will have some talent around him.

    • goback2rfk - May 4, 2016 at 6:23 PM

      Cousins can not take all the weight on his shoulders like last year. The running game needs to work better this year to open that play action passing game up for Cousins.
      Kirk will not break records again this year so we must assume he slides a little bit. I just hope he can hold it together enough to make the playoffs. Its not like we are talking about Joe Montana.
      He also does not have a cushy contract in hand which might shake him up next year because he will know he needs to perform to earn the big money. This will force him into some bad decisions I believe.

  6. rtcwon - May 4, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Agree all except don’t see LG or C anywhere near as competitive. To me, <5% Long improves enough to beat out a healthy Lauvao & <2% Lauvao isn't healthy.

    And C not yet here is the only possibility beating out Kory.

    • Rich Tandler - May 4, 2016 at 3:07 PM

      You may be overstating Lauvao’s health. Him starting the season on PUP not out of the question.

    • Trey Gregory - May 5, 2016 at 8:05 AM

      If you don’t see a LG anywhere on this team then you’re not looking, at all. Stop being dramatic.

      OLine isn’t the only position group on the team. They’ve invested heavily in it recently. Eventually you have to go with the guys you have and move on to other groups.

  7. smotion55 - May 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Whats going on with Reiter, and Arie Kouandjio will they compete this year . I did not think they would sign LeRibeus let alone make the roster and nobody knows where Long is going to play so it should be interesting how this pans out. Maybe the starting center is not even on the roster yet. Maybe they get lucky and get 1 with the post June 1 cuts or a trade for one with the extra picks they got in the draft.
    As far as undrafted free agents, I would feel lucky if 1 on the roster and 1 or 2 on the practice squad was the outcome. Any more then that would be above average most likely. It sure has been fun this off season so far.

    • bangkokben - May 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

      Chillax. LeRibeus has made nothing yet. He can be cut with no ill effects. Reiter, Kouandjio, and Long were all drafted by the team. The team has plans for them. A center off the street remains a possibility but THAT would say very bad things about what is on the roster. Let Callahan have his OTAs and a couple weeks of training camp before we start going through the dumpster looking for centers.

      Remember, even though Ryan Kelly was the target at 21 — if you believe reports — the team made no effort to draft a center the rest of the draft. That tells us two things. 1) Kelly was high on their board but center wasn’t. 2) Kelly > current roster. Current roster > everyone else in the draft.

  8. Mr.moneylover - May 4, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Not surprise scot m. Added 2 big WRs and possible slot WR they looking for a good backup to Jamison Crowder…Scot m. Said the more size we have at WR the better…they been looking for guys all last year to STEPUP but they struggled and I think that’s why LaRon Byrd was release…its all about how quick you can pickup the playbook so you can play on the field…I still question the transition for Trent Murphy because you gotta be powerful to play DL position and keep your balance he struggle with that while tryna be a pass rusher one thing he can do is stop the run but struggle to get in the backfield…I honestly will be more comfortable with jarrell powe and Corey Crawford then to have a guy who never played the position before…if he struggle this year it will be time to cut bait and I think he will be cut sooner rather then later the first few weeks of the season will and should determine his faith on bein on the team or not…Trent Murphy did get benched after the bye week jay gruden got fed up with him last year its a make or break season for him for sure

  9. Mr.moneylover - May 4, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    I think Arie kouandjiou will end up winning the left guard position if there’s a fair competition for the left guard spot…center will still be a question Mark

    • goback2rfk - May 5, 2016 at 1:57 AM

      Center is in need of immediate upgrade. Lichensleiger just does not have the meat or the size to play in the middle with the big boys. Kory would make a great backup plan at center. Definetely wish we could sure up the center position. The defensive line is also lacking. Definetely could use an upgrade or two on the defensive line. Archives

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