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Need to Know: Five under the radar Redskins to watch

Jun 10, 2016, 5:45 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 10, 48 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 152 days ago. It will be 94 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 48; Preseason opener @ Falcons 62; Final roster cut to 53, 85

Five players you shouldn’t sleep on

I’m posting about the depth chart and as minicamp approaches it appears that the roster is taking shape. But there are always some surprises, players like Ty Nsekhe and Quinton Dunbar, who come out of nowhere to get a spot on the 53-man roster and contribute. Here are some players to keep an eye on.

OT Takoby Cofield—The first-year player who spent all of last year on the practice squad likely would have to get past Nsekhe to get a role. But he clearly benefitted from being at practice and meetings all of last year and he could be ready to step in if there is an opportunity.

TE Marcel Jensen—They poached the 6-6, 270-pound Jensen off of the Bills’ practice squad last year and kept him on the 53-man roster the last few weeks of last year just to get a look at him this offseason. His position is somewhat crowded but he has the size and athletic ability to step in and contribute should there be an injury.

NT Jarrell Powe—Unlike some of the others on this list, Powe plays a position of need for the Redskins. He was released in the final cut last year and was out of football. But the Redskins need a nose tackle and at 330 pounds, Powe could get a legitimate shot.

CB Dashaun Phillips—He played in the last six games of the season, mostly on special teams. Phillips will have a tough time getting past Dunbar to grab a roster spot but the two have been competing hard in the OTAs open to the media.

CB Lloyd Carrington—This is the only true rookie on this list. He seems to be a Scot McCloughan favorite and since the GM has final say on the roster that’s a good status to have. Carrington could follow Dunbar’s path to the roster this year, starting the season on the practice squad and taking advantage of an opportunity that comes up during the season.

Stat of the day

Kirk Cousins had a tendency to get off to a good start in games. In the first quarter he completed 94 of 123 passes (76.4%) for 1087 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. His 119.5 first-quarter passer rating was the second-best among quarterbacks who threw at least 100 first-quarter passes (Drew Brees, 122.5)

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 10, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Powe is no spring chicken (he’s 29), but maybe he’s a late bloomer.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Jun 10, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    Could Jensen push Paulson aside? Great to finally have a logjam at TE.

    Nsekhe is a lock.

    DL is a logjam accept NT. Powe a shot.

    Don’t know where the extra CBs go. We are stacked with DBs and ILBs. Spaight and Daniels will bump Hayward. Riley could even get cut. That guy just can’t stay healthy. That foot is a risk this season. I would save dollars and move on to our younger healthier guys.

    • bangkokben - Jun 10, 2016 at 11:02 AM

      Speaking of TE, the Redskins released TE, Michael Cooper two days ago and haven’t filled the roster spot yet., I doubt they grab another TE or ILB. Not even sure if they grab an OLB since Garvin, Cravens, and Murphy could play there in a pinch. What I am sure about is that they won’t be signing any veteran post June 1st cuts to take this spot.

  3. bangkokben - Jun 10, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Great selections, Rick.

    Kudos to the staff for getting Cousins in a rhythm.

  4. troylok - Jun 10, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Of the players on this list I think Carrington and Cofield are the two that might actually make the roster. They are both players that have ability and just need coaching. I would lump Jensen in that group but he has focus issues that more than one team couldn’t seem to fix.

    What is interesting to me is that there is not a running back on this list. There’s a hole and not a prospect that anyone is excited about. I think running back is the only position where I feel like the team has not taken adequate steps to fill the need. I sure hope one of the guys in the stable start to flash. Jones can’t do it all by his lonesome.

    • dcfaninecuador - Jun 10, 2016 at 9:42 AM

      “No one is excited about”. You mean no one who doesn’t spend every day, as their job, working with, evaluating, training, developing and actually coaching these players. Maybe these guys that do this for a living know just a tad bit more about the talent and potential of these players than any of us do.

      • bangkokben - Jun 10, 2016 at 11:18 AM

        That is a fair point. The counter to that is if these guys can’t get it done, they can always bring in a vet off the street. Pierre Thomas doesn’t need to be in camp to play the position at an acceptable level. He also isn’t the future. Personally, I’d like to see a guy like Tim Hightower get a camp look. There are six backs on the roster and Chris Thompson and then Matt Jones lead these six with experience. On the flipside the entire position group might count less than $2.5 million against the cap.

  5. renhoekk2 - Jun 10, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    There will be a bunch of RB’s available when teams start cutting players. The Skins should be OK depth wise until then. Whomever they pick does not need to play right away and will slip into the rotation after a couple of weeks. Then there is always Pierre Thomas. Roster building and football seasons are marathons, not sprints. You don’t need all of the pieces in place before camp starts. Especially your depth players. Good depth players always become available when roster cuts start happening.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 10, 2016 at 10:17 AM

      If Rich were to lend me some of his poker chips, I’d place a bet on Pierre being back on our roster when the season starts.

      • ET - Jun 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM

        I’m ok with that.

        Pierre is plug-and-play ready for this offense. Not an exciting option, but a decent one. I wish they’d brought him in earlier last season.

      • Rich Tandler - Jun 10, 2016 at 12:39 PM

        Go and buy your own, the window is over there! I can’t spare any, I took a beating on the Cousins contract. haha.

        • wncskinsfan - Jun 10, 2016 at 2:48 PM

          lol! we all did, brother!

  6. John - Jun 10, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Last I recall, Reggie Bush is available. They like Pierre but Reggie is quicker with more wiggle and bigger than Thompson and would make a nice change of pace with his contrasting running style. He should never have been used as a feature back. Can’t take the between the tackles beating to much but can get to the edge or work as a receiver out of the backfield or the slot.

    • dcfaninecuador - Jun 10, 2016 at 9:43 AM


      • John - Jun 11, 2016 at 1:05 AM

        Yes!!!!!!!! Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!

        • dcfaninecuador - Jun 11, 2016 at 10:51 AM

          I’m guessing you were all in on Deion Saunders, Bruce Smith, Albert Haynesworth, too.

      • John - Jun 11, 2016 at 11:09 PM

        Smith as well past his prime.
        Haynesworth was a lazy bum.
        Sanders still could play, they just F’d Darell Green by bringing him in.

        Reggie can still play and is more physically gifted than Pierre. He also has not sustained major injuries (knee) during his career. As long as he is not expected to be the full time back like in Detroit, he should be fine. Being a free agent, he should not be all that expensive.

  7. zatoichi7 - Jun 10, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    player i’ll be watching is martrell spaight. long shot i have my eye on is udfa rb robert kelley from tulane.

    • sidepull - Jun 10, 2016 at 10:20 AM

      I am with you there. Spaight!

  8. redskins12thman - Jun 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    I’ve heard the coaches reference that they like the play of Maurice Harris on several occasions. Does he have a chance at challenging Ross / other players for special teams?

    • wncskinsfan - Jun 10, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      agreed. Harris is for sure, an intriguing prospect that merits development. I have a sense that he might not be stashable on the PS, he could very well be poached. Not so sure about Ross. Does Harris have any kind of ST skills?

  9. Mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    I been talking about Marcel Jensen since last since last season he is capable of blocking and catching they should keep him because you can’t count on a old Vernon Davis to play 16 games…I also talked about jarell powe who Ricky jean Francois said is the most powerful D-linemen they have besides his self

    • John - Jun 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM

      If they keep 4 TEs, it would be Reed, Davis, Paulson and Paul. Carrier (knee) has the size and willingness to block but needs some seasoning. He is also not a bad receiver. It also helps being a former basketball player. Don’t see where Jensen fits in.

      In regards to Powe, he’s 29. He does play nose, but they don’t need a true nose as they don’t really use a nose that often or in the traditional sense tieing up blockers so the linebackers can make tackles. Based on the other linemen they have it would appears they want more versatility after all if it was all that important, they would have drafted a D lineman early on. As it was they drafted Lionadis later on, that and Gruden had said that Golston among others could play there in spot duty.

      I see both Jensen and Powe gone.

    • John - Jun 11, 2016 at 11:35 PM

      There is a reason their on the “practice squad”. They are bodies, nothing more. Were they all that, they would be backups with roles on special teams. Lord knows with the injuries (Paulson: foot, Paul: ankle, Carrier: knee) at tight end last year, you might have thought Jensen might have been moved up if he were any good.

  10. Joe Rivers - Jun 11, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Yes we need regbygie bush if he’s available Archives

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