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Which Redskins are on the roster bubble?

May 24, 2016, 11:57 AM EDT

Ty-Nsekhe-vs-Cowboys

Yesterday we looked at the roster locks and came up with 42 players who are virtually assured of being on the 53-man roster when the season starts. That means that 11 jobs are up for grabs and there are a lot of player scrambling for those spots. Which players appear to have realistic shots at those jobs as OTAs start up today? Let’s take a look.

Offense (11): QB Nate Sudfeld, RBs Keith Marshall, Mack Brown, TEs Logan Paulsen and Derek Carrier, WR Rashad Ross, OLs Shawn Lauvao, Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter, Ty Nsekhe, Takoby Cofield

It seems likely that Sudfeld will be on the 53 but they might try to sneak him onto the practice squad. The statuses of Carrier and Lauvao likely depend on how healthy they are when training camp starts.

Defense (11): DL’s Kedric Golston, Ziggy Hood, OLBs Houston Bates, Willie Jefferson, ILBs Adam Hayward, Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels, Terence Garvin, CB’s Greg Toler, Lloyd Carrington, S Deshazor Everett

With 42 locks and 22 bubble players, that means that 26 players have a lot of work to do in order to make the 53-man roster and may need a few breaks to get into serious contention. But they are in an NFL camp and that means that have a shot, even though it maybe a slim one. They are better off than the thousands who are hanging on to hope that they can get an invitation to try out for a team.

And the long shot group has an example to look at. A year ago Ty Nsekhe was in the group that had a lot of work to do to get on the bubble. He did it and he made the 53, starting two games. So the odds are long but not prohibitive.

  1. John B Redskin - May 24, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    I think you can put Liechtensteiger in the bubble group. I think LeRibus will be our starting center. Last year he was making a position switch and was playing significantly for the first time in 3 years. Although his play left more to be desired, I think he’ll make a leap in year two much like Lavaou. Lavaou a bit underwhelming his first year was amongst our best in year two.

    • Ebreeze - May 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

      I actually think Spencer Long winds up being the starting Center. He’s bigger than LeRebius and he’s shown versatility, toughness and finished the last season on a high note. He’s only 25 too. I think Kory Lichtinstieger gets cut. however, I do think Lavao, Spencer and LeRebius will be competing for 2 starting spots on the line. Let’s see how Arie Kuandijo progresses as well.

  2. redskins12thman - May 24, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Last season, Quinton Dunbar was a CFA and Houston Bates was a last minute rookie mini-camp tryout invitee. Both eventually made the squad and contributed in meaningful ways so the 26 can definitely do it!

    • bangkokben - May 24, 2016 at 2:35 PM

      How did Houston Bates contribute in meaningful ways? Let us count the ways. He played a grand total of 30 defensive snap — 16 of which came in the meaningless finale against Dallas which ranked as the 8th highest of the eight linebackers that played that day and the only time he played more than a handful of defensive snaps. He was, however, 6th on the team in special teams snaps in on 40.4% of the team’s total special teams plays and made 10 special teams tackles which was 2nd on the team to Deshazor Everett.

      • sidepull - May 24, 2016 at 3:16 PM

        Translation: Dont f with Bang. You cannot make a blanket statement like “meaningful ways” wout checking the stats first. Hahaha. Bang will back check.

        • redskins12thman - May 24, 2016 at 5:14 PM

          For a player that McCloughan invited on a tryout basis to the rookie mini-camp, this is huge. My contribution expectations were much lower for Bates and Dunbar. But kudos to McCloughan, Bates and Dunbar.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 29, 2016 at 7:58 AM

          Why is 40% of special teams contribution not meaningful? Bang actually could have just answered that blanket statement on his own and you both missed it. The point the 12th man made was valid considering the point where Bates came on the team.

  3. redskins12thman - May 24, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Is Corey Crawford on the bubble?

    • Rich Tandler - May 24, 2016 at 1:32 PM

      I see him outside the bubble. I just don’t see room on the 53 and if there is room I see Kedric and Hood ahead of him.

  4. bangkokben - May 24, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    There may be competition for these spots but there will be some new faces on the team. OLB is top heavy with talent and the talent drop from 3rd to 4th is almost as wide as the grand canyon. Similarly there is Matt Jones and Chris Thompson at RB and then zero experience. Marshall should have the upper hand at being the 2nd feature back. The preseason games should be interesting just to see who gets playing time.

    With FB being superfluous as well as using a roster spot on a 3rd QB, It will be curious to see where these two potential spots go. A 7th WR? A 5th TE? Or a 10th OL? Maybe an extra defender?

    • ET - May 24, 2016 at 5:45 PM

      Whoever the extra spots go to, they’ll be players with real special teams chops and/or the ability to fill a specific need (e.g., blocking TE, backup center).

      • redskins12thman - May 24, 2016 at 6:44 PM

        Excellent point; I couldn’t agree more.

        If a veteran can’t recover from injury, then an additional roster spot might open up, but other than that, expected special team contributions and specific needs will dictate how remaining spots are filled.

  5. sidepull - May 24, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    I just dont agree on Ross over Grant. Not yet anyhow.

    • redskins12thman - May 24, 2016 at 5:23 PM

      Rich had Grant as a lock (he placed Ross on the bubble). Also, there’s potentially room for both Grant and Ross; they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive. Last season, the Redskins had 6 WRs on their roster and they were 5th and 6th. This pre-season, their competition is Diggs, Harris and Showers.

    • goback2rfk - May 24, 2016 at 7:04 PM

      I don’t agree on Ross or Grant. Cut them both.

      • bangkokben - May 24, 2016 at 9:39 PM

        Or we could see if they develop and stop expecting young players to hit the NFL like Alfred Morris. Just a thought.

        • goback2rfk - May 25, 2016 at 12:08 AM

          NFL does’nt give you that much time anymore. They got to make a splash or gtfo.

        • bangkokben - May 25, 2016 at 7:38 AM

          Look, if there’s someone better they’ll take their places but they’re the 5th and 6th receivers whoever replaces them would have similar results. Ross if he develops could be a cheaper version of Jackson. Grant is only ever going to be a James Thrash type WR — the old version without the speed.

  6. James McFullan - May 24, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Cowboys LG Ronald Leary is requesting a trade, 6’3″ 320 and he was part of arguably the best Offensive Line in 2014 and was coached by Callahan, so they are familiar with each other, any chance the Redskins try to trade for him and then cut Lauvao, or are the Redskins happy with the development of Spencer Long and Arie Kouandjio?

    • ajbus1 - May 24, 2016 at 11:55 PM

      I like that.

  7. ajbus1 - May 24, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Unrelated comment: I’d bet 100 imaginary poker chips that one of our divisional “friends” signs Andre Roberts.

    • skinsgame - May 25, 2016 at 12:40 AM

      I hope so. And hopefully to a huge, guaranteed deal so we have a cap advantage on them. May it be NY!

  8. Devin - May 25, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Rashad Ross has so much potential and is on the best playmakers on the team. Could be a potential replacement for Desean but he def gives us a dangerous playmaker on special teams. Something we haven’t had in dam near 10 years.

  9. larrybrown43 - Jun 5, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    It’s nice to see some good competition across the board. Two more drafts and we should be set for a 5+ year run.

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