Monday, August 22, 2011

The Quest for 53: Taking a Guess at the Final 53 Man Roster

Ok, everybody is making their predictions. I'm game. Here's my guesses based on what I've seen so far with some commentary.

QB (3)
John Beck, Rex Grossman, Kellen Clemens
Thoughts: Beck and Grossman are locks. Clemens makes sense based on his actual game experience. It is possible the Skins keep only 2 QBs. If they do that, they may keep Ben Chappell on the practice squad.

RB (3)
Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain, Roy Helu
Thoughts: Hightower is a lock, Helu looks like he is as well. Torain wll have to prove that he can stay healthy but he has veteran experience in the scheme and I just don't think Mike Shanahan would rely on two rookies in his backfield. Evan Royster could make this team however.

FB (2)
Darrel Young, Keiland Williams
Thoughts: Young is a lock. Williams is an intriguing question and may be battling Evan Royster for a spot at this point. Williams can play teams, catch passes and pass block. At this point, I'm leaning towards Williams but that may change.

TE (3)
Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen
Thoughts: This is pretty clear. The only exception to this could be for Mike Sellers. If Cooley isn't healthy, Sellers could be kept on the team as an emergency TE

WR (6)
Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson, Donte' Stallworth, Terrence Austin
Thoughts: This is probably the toughest choices on the roster. Keep Brandon Banks, Donte' Stallworth, Niles Paul or Terrence Austin? Austin has been pretty consistent and has been noticed by the coaches. Stallworth is another veteran presence. I really think with the new KO rules and his health, Banks is the odd man out. Skins may find a way to keep him on the roster though.

OL (8)
Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown, Sean Locklear, Artis Hicks, player not currently on the roster.
Thoughts: It wouldn't surprise me to see the Skins sign another veteran after cuts to play the interior. Outside of the names listed and OL Willie Smith, I haven't seen that much. Smith, Maurice Hurt and Erik Cook head back to the practice squad. Maybe somebody like Clint Oldenburg or Xavier Fulton makes the last spot. I don't really know.

DL (7)
Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Anthony Bryant, Jarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston, Darrion Scott
Thoughts: I don't see the 'Skins keeping 3 NT's but Neild probably goes to the PS. I think the final two spots are still up for grabs between Golston, Scott and Doug Worthington. Right now, I like Golston and Scott.

LB (9)
Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Rob Jackson, Perry Riley, Keyaron Fox, Lorenzo Alexander, Thaddeus Gibson.
Thoughts: I don't think the Skins pick up Gibson off waivers if they were satisfied at OLB. Markus White gets to develop on the practice squad. It does work, just look at Rob Jackson.

CB (5)
DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes, Phillip Buchanon*, Byron Westbrook
Thoughts: Westbrook has outplayed the other corners and is a good special teamer he makes the team. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Skins keep another CB while Phillip Buchanon sits out his four game suspension.

S (4)
LaRon Landry, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Reed Doughty, Chris Horton
Thoughts: With Kareem Moore still on the PUP list, Chris Horton has pretty much won the backup FS job by default. The Skins may keep an extra S on the roster just in case if LaRon Landry isn't healthy. Although we also know that Kevin Barnes can play S in a pinch.

K (1)
Graham Gano
Thoughts: Perfect in the pre-season looks like he's going to win the job.

P (1)
Sav Rocca (uncontested)

LS (1)
Nick Sundberg (uncontested)

* With Phillip Buchanon suspended 4 games, the Skins will be able to have an extra player on the roster. My guess will be OL, CB, S or TE. When Buchanon comes back, then the 'Skins will have to cut a player. I also think the Skins will either IR or keep Kareem Moore on the PUP list. If he stays on PUP, he will miss 6 weeks. After that, the 'Skins will either have to activate him (and cut another player), cut him or place him on IR.

I'm also pretty convinced that  most of the rookies that don't make the active roster (Gomes, Royster, Neild, Thompson, Robinson, Hurt, White, Paul) will probably head to the practice squad.

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