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Looking at today’s Redskins cuts by the numbers

Sep 3, 2016, 6:58 AM EDT


The Redskins did not cut any players on Friday so they have a lot of work to do by 4 p.m. today. They have to trim 22 players off of their 75-man roster to get the roster down the limit of 53. In many cases we don’t know who they will keep but based on history we know about how many they will keep at each position. Let this be your guide to what the expect as you follow the news today.


Have: 3
Keep: 2-3
Cut: 0-1

The Redskins have carried three QBs every year since 2012. That includes the two seasons that Jay Gruden has been the head coach here. But when Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator from 2011-2013 they carried two.

Offensive line

Have: 14
Keep: 8-9
Cut: 5-6

Last year they carried 10 on the O-line but that seems unlikely this season. They will have the five starters plus whoever loses the left guard competition. Ty Neskhe is the backup tackle. So they will keep at least one, maybe two more reserves.

Wide receiver

Have: 9
Keep: 6
Cut: 3

This seems to be pretty well set in stone.

Tight end

Have: 5
Keep: 3-4
Cut: 1-2

The standard around the league is three at this position although it’s not unusual to carry four. The Redskins did in 2013 when they had Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, and Fred Davis.

Running back

Have: 5
Keep: 3-4
Cut: 1-2

The Redskins carried four running backs last year but one of them was fullback Darrel Young. Maybe Matt Jones’ injury prone nature will prompt them to keep four tailbacks.

Defensive line

Have: 10
Keep: 6-7
Cut: 3-4

The ax will fall hard here. They carried seven last year but the fact that their outside linebackers can line up with a hand in the dirt may give them the flexibility to go with six.

Outside linebacker

Have: 5
Keep: 4
Cut: 1

It’s pretty simple here, with two players going for that last spot.

Inside linebacker

Have: 7
Keep: 5
Cut: 2

This is counting Su’a Cravens as an ILB despite the fact that the Redskins have him listed as a safety and Joe Barry wants him listed as an “H” for hybrid.


Have: 8
Keep: 5-6
Cut: 2-3

Five is the normal number but the Redskins have six that they might not want to let go of. Still, theya could avoid a squeeze elsewhere and keep five.


Have: 6
Keep: 4-5
Cut: 1-2

If they keep six corners that usually means four safeties. But they might want to keep Deshazor Everett for special teams so they might push it to five.


Have: 3
Keep: 3
Cut: 0

No competition here, no drama.

  1. redskins12thman - Sep 3, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Based on currently rostered players, I want Redskins to keep 8 OL, 6 DL and 5 Safeties.

    It will be interesting to see if Redskins add anyone from waivers, either to 53 player roster or to the practice squad, tomorrow through the end of the week.

    • jkccarlsonyahoocom - Sep 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      I think we’ll def. sign a center, probably Sullivan, maybe someone else, possibly stork if he can pass a physical. I think we may also sign a d lineman, maybe a safety. other than that i think no one

      • weneedlinemen42 - Sep 3, 2016 at 9:55 AM

        I think they might try to get away with Reiter as our 3rd string C behind Lichtensteiger and Long and stash him on the practice squad.

        They definitely want to improve at center but Reiter has shown significant improvement over his rookie year, without look so good that other teams will poach him off our PS early in the season.

  2. murphsman - Sep 3, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Why would they have more ilbs then olbs?

    • weneedlinemen42 - Sep 3, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      Special teams contribution. Our OLBs have their origins as 4-3 DE’s. With so much of our defense being 4-man lines with multi DB sets our ILBs are really the only true “linebacker” body types on the team.

      To a certain extent we could be seen to be carrying 6 DL, 4-OLBs and 5ILBs or only 5/6 LBs and 10/9 DLs (with Houston Bates being more an LB type).

      • murphsman - Sep 3, 2016 at 11:10 AM

        Thank you for answering the question

    • rtcwon - Sep 3, 2016 at 12:27 PM

      Also talent. Our ILBs can ball. The 5th, Garvin is primarily a team’s ace but not bad out on the field.
      While at OLB, or best is unproven and second is a pretty good 2. But Murphy as our third best would not make any other team’s roster. So obviously, nobody would want our forth either. Have to have one in case of injury but if we can’t even find 3 NFL caliber OLB, why would we roster 5?

  3. rtcwon - Sep 3, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Pretty sure Wakefield is an OLB, was fighting with Bates & Trail for that spot. Not an ILB with Fields. Archives

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