May 10, 2016, 9:29 AM EDT
The Redskins currently have 88 players on their roster. Between now and September 3 they will cut that down to 53 players.
Here are my projections of who will end up on the roster on offense when the dust settles and that roster is turned in. Earlier we did the projections for the offense; today it’s the defense.
Starters in bold.
Defensive line (7): Chris Baker, Matt Ioannidis, Stephan Paea, Trent Murphy, Ricky Jean Francois, Kendall Reyes, Kedric Golston
With the exception of Baker the starters are up in the air. For right now Kedric Golston and Ziggy Hood are on the bubble.
Outside linebacker (4): Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette, Preston Smith, Houston Bates
For such a critical position, this area looks a bit thin past the top three. Bates did a pretty good job on special teams last year but the Redskins may want to bring in a veteran to play the backup role.
Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Will Compton, Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight, Terrance Garvin
Riley and Foster will battle for one of the starting jobs. Right now it’s a coin flip. I have seventh-round pick Steven Daniels on the practice squad at this time but he could easily beat out Spaight or maybe even Garvin. Daniels isn’t that fast or quick so he won’t make an impression until they get into pads in training camp.
Cornerback (4): Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar
There are exactly zero holdovers from the Week 1 roster last year (Breeland was serving a one-game suspension). I don’t see a spot for Greg Toler, who signed before the Redskins signed Norman and drafted Fuller.
Safety (5): DeAngelo Hall, Su’a Cravens, David Bruton, Will Blackmon, Duke Ihenacho
The role for Kyshoen Jarrett is up in the air right now. Nerve injuries are tough to predict. Should he recover he will be on the Week 1 53, probably at Ihenacho’s expense. Otherwise he’s on PUP or IR. It’s no sure thing that Cravens will start but he’ll make a strong push.
Specialists (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way, PK Dustin Hopkins
It doesn’t appear that the Redskins will be bringing in even token competition for any of these three.
The numbers: 25 offense, 25 defense, 3 specialists; 11 new to the Redskins organization in 2016 including six draft picks.
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