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Redskins minicamp depth chart, defense: Who makes it at cornerback?

Jun 9, 2016, 11:37 AM EDT


Here is a look at the Redskins’ depth chart on defense as they get set for minicamp next week. We’ll look at the offense tomorrow.

*Denotes injured player

Defensive line (11)

Starter: Kedric Golston (NT), Chris Baker, Stephen Paea
Backups: Kendall Reyes, Ricky Jean Francois, Trent Murphy, Matt Ioannidis, Ziggy Hood, Cory Crawford, Jerrell Powe, Anthony Lanier

This depth chart is very fluid; it seems that almost every player with the possible exception of Lanier has a shot at making the roster and playing some snaps. One of the issues that will be if they keep seven at this position

Outside linebacker (7)

Starters: Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette
Reserves: Preston Smith, Houston Bates, Willie Jefferson, Lyndon Trail

Depth after the top three is problematic, especially given Galette’s status coming off of his Achilles injuries.

Inside linebacker (10)

Starters: Will Compton, Mason Foster
Reserves: Perry Riley, Adam Hayward, Martrell Spaight, Terrance Garvin, Steven Daniels, Carlos Fields, Ejiro Ederaine, Mike Wakefield

Rookie Su’a Cravens could be listed here but he’s in with the safeties. Hayward, Spaight, Garvin, and Daniels could be fighting for one or two roster spots.

Cornerback (9)

Starters: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland
Reserves: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Greg Toler, Jeremy Harris, Dashaun Phillips, Lloyd Carrington, Mariel Cooper

With the Redskins likely to keep only four or five players here, there will be some interesting choices to be made from the veteran Toler and younger players like Harris, Phillips, and Carrington.

Safety (8)

Starters: DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho
Reserves: David Bruton, Will Blackmon, Su’a Cravens, Deshazor Everett, Kyshoen Jarrett*, Geno Matias-Smith

Well, you can’t accuse the organization of recycling old safeties from around the league this year. Ihenacho has one season as a full-time starting safety on his resume; the rest of the players on the depth chart have none. There will be plenty of competition to see who makes it and how the depth chart shapes up.

  1. sidepull - Jun 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Here hoping the DL shows out. Baker OK but it sure doesn’t look to be a very intimidating unit, (that is until you have those OLB’s applying pressure).

    • mtskins - Jun 9, 2016 at 5:07 PM

      Agree. Going to need some players to bounce back from some down years or one of the young guys/Murphy to develop quicker than expected.

    • Mr.moneylover - Jun 11, 2016 at 3:45 AM

      For guys like jarrell powe and Corey Crawford its big to make it to your second training camp with the same team especially as a undrafted free agent they could’ve been cut those guys especially when the team tryna upgrade that postion if one of those guys show up for training camp I wouldn’t be surprise if one of them are a week 1 starter

  2. James McFullan - Jun 9, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    I think the starters at Safety will be Hall and David Bruton.

  3. httr915 - Jun 9, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    I think Houston Bates don’t get enough love he’s got a high motor and a will and want he’s going to really help those OLBs

  4. httr915 - Jun 9, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    You think djax leaves to LA next year to be home?

  5. httr915 - Jun 9, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    I wonder if djax will be heading home to LA next year.

  6. troylok - Jun 9, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    I liked the way Riley was playing just before he got injured last year but he is going to have to win back the starting job if he is going to stick around. If he stumbles, the team can save money under the cap by letting one of the younger guys take Riley’s place. I think he will make it but you always have to look out for players coming back from injury and he has just gotten out of the walking boot…

    Any update on Jarrett? I’d hate to see this be the end of the line for him. He was looking pretty solid up until the injury.

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 9, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    For the first time in a long, long time, CB should be a strength on this defense.


  8. smotion55 - Jun 9, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Does Hayward have any chance at all, I just can’t see not keeping Spaight and Daniels over him. He is old ,expensive and been hurt since he has been here. Safety looks like a crap shoot and we can only hope a few of these guys pan out. I think Jarrett is done ,the no news is good news does not apply with him. I fear the worst with his nerve issue and can only hope it doesn’t effect his life after football.

    • bangkokben - Jun 10, 2016 at 7:11 AM

      Hayward is old and has been hurt but the expense is negligible — less than $500K in cap savings for a team that is $11M under the cap. Hayward made is mark in this league as a special teams ace. With the new touchback rules a healthy experienced guy on teams would be an asset. Just giving an argument for a chance that he makes the team. While you see that chance at less than 5%, I’d put it at 40%.

  9. abanig - Jun 9, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    I see the skins Def depth chart as follows:

    RDE: RJF, Reyes, Murphy
    NT: Golston, Ioannidis
    LDE: Baker, Hood

    ROLB: Smith, Galette
    RILB: Compton, Garvin
    LILB: Foster, Riley
    LOLB: Kerrigan, Bates

    RCB: Norman, Fuller
    LCB: Breeland, Dunbar, Toler
    SS: Bruton, Ihenacho, Cravens
    FS: Hall, Blackmon

    Practice squad:

    Corey Crawford
    Stephen Daniels
    Martrell Spaight
    Deshazor Everett
    Lloyd Carrington

    IR: Kyshoen Jarrett

    • Sam - Jun 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      No way they’re cutting Paea in year 2 of his FA deal

  10. goback2rfk - Jun 9, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Dunbar is my favorite player on defense by far. Talk about making something out of nothing. Hell yeh. Dude is a beast.

  11. Jlb12300 - Jun 9, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    It has been too long since we have had a strong set of players at every position. The ones that don’t make the roster will be picked up by other teams quick. Can’t wait for preseason to watch the competition. I am getting very excited about this season .HTTR

    • bangkokben - Jun 10, 2016 at 7:15 AM

      We seem to say that every year, but this time I’m inclined to agree.

  12. kenlinkins - Jun 9, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Rich, Could the Redskins be knotted up in the DB backfield by moving both Hall and Blackman to Safety. I understand that a preseason injury could change the Redskins plans but there could be a big back log for guys like Everett, Jarrett, Phillips, Dunbar (all have shown some talent) then having guys like Carrington, Matia-Smith who could very well flash in camp. With the Norman and Toler signing and the drafting of both Fuller and Cravens, the Redskins will have to make calls of “are the young guys the real deal and can they unseat a starter or back up sometime this year”. The GM seems to have his work cut out for him as a over load of DB talent might be sitting on his roster. I really like how the GM has moved the DB backfield’s talent level so fast but IMO the Redskins may have to allow some talent to hit the street due to a numbers game. Who would have more value in a trade, a D. Hall / Toler or guys like Dunbar / Jarrett / Everett?

    • Drew - Jun 9, 2016 at 10:29 PM

      None of them will be worth anything in a trade. I think we have good CB depth but at the safety position we have no one that would start on any of the playoff teams from last year.

    • John - Jun 9, 2016 at 11:06 PM

      None, when it comes to a trade. Hall is up in age and expensive. Toler was a low value free agent. Jarrett, who knows if he’ll be back due to nerve damage and the others as last guys on the roster or practice squad considering the additions of Norman. In any case, how many trades happen in a given season… and the crickets sing out…

    • bangkokben - Jun 10, 2016 at 7:24 AM

      The only trade scenario I see possible of what you suggested is Dashazor Everett to a team stacked with running backs but a gap in the secondary. A lot stars need to align for that to happen. The Redskins have to be convinced that Everett won’t make the team, Team A will have feel the same about a running back, Team A will also have to have a need in the secondary, and all this will have to happen early enough in training camp. A think the Redskins and Ravens did a similar trade about ten years back where both players didn’t make their new teams final 53 but had zero chance on their old teams due to numbers.

  13. renhoekk2 - Jun 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    I guess if Hall and Blackmon make the 53 then you can get by with 4 CB’s as they can slide in if needed. Plus they can keep another 2 on the PS. Just seems like teams are playing 3 CB a lot and having only one true backup is risky. But if half of your safety rotation are former CB’s I guess it can work.

  14. chad - Jun 10, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    rich, link is broke for offensive dept chart.

  15. redskins12thman - Jun 10, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    I’ve heard that Jarrett was visiting doctors (in Colorado I believe). Any update on what the diagnosis is? Will he be placed on PUP list?

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 10, 2016 at 12:37 PM

      I’d be surprised if he’s not on PUP to start camp and possible into the season.

  16. Mr.moneylover - Jun 11, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    Jay gruden will not show his hand this early in the off season I told y’all before…jay gruden even said the depth chart is in pencil not sharpie… I’m not buying Kendrick Gholston bein week 1 starter there’s gonna be a change up in training camp on the defense side…they been tryna different lineups to see what will smash together well in training camp…redskins gonna have some good stuff to look at on tape when mini camp is over

  17. Mr.moneylover - Jun 11, 2016 at 3:39 AM

    I think the D-line can be a sleeper …if I think who I think they gonna put out there next to baker the defense gonna be great… Like Ricky Jean Francois said its some no name guys that we haven’t heard much but I bet you you will most definitely here about them during the season Archives

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