Sunday, September 4, 2011

Braves on the Warpath: Your 2011 Redskins (For Now)

(Donte' Stallworth (front) made the team, find out the other 52 players here. Photo: FedEx Al)
So as of right now (8:00AM EST, 09/04/2011) here is your 53 man roster. I say right now for multiple reasons. One is that there is a significant lack of depth in a few areas and a glut of depth in others. Looks like the Skins are currently scoping out the waiver wires and talking to other teams about possible trades to fill holes.

Here's the 53 man roster as of now and my thoughts (here was my final prediction for the 53):

QB (2)
John Beck, Rex Grossman
Thoughts: I'm not used to seeing only 2 QBs on a roster, but Mike Shanahan has done it before so this shouldn't be that much of a surprise. The Skins believe they have 2 starting QBs on the roster. Why waste another roster spot for a backup?

RB/HB (3)
Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain, Roy Helu
Thoughts: No surprise here really. Torain's health was the only factor on whether he would make the team. Evan Royster looked good but needs to develop and will be put on the practice squad. In a year or two, he could be better than Torain.

RB/FB (2)
Darrel Young, Mike Sellers
Thoughts: Sellers is the controversial pick. Many thought he blocked poorly the last few seasons as a FB and just isn't much of an offensive weapon at the position. The Skins are hoping to use him as a utility player this year. As fans we have no idea if Chris Cooley is healthy. Sellers can be an emergency TE. He also looked better blocking at FB in the pre-season. Either way, the Skins have a player that can play teams well. If Cooley turns out to be healthy, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sellers cut or traded at some point.

TE (3)
Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen
Thoughts: Easiest unit to determine on the entire team.....Next!

WR (8*)
Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson, Terrence Austin, Donte' Stallworth, Niles Paul, Brandon Banks
Thoughts: We like 'em all so we'll keep them all (except Aldrick Robinson). Look, if you think the Redskins are going to keep 8 WRs throughout the season (possibly into week 1), you're probably 99% wrong. What is more likely is that the Skins are hoping to trade at least one player, possibly two to get value for their depth and hopefully a good player or pick in return.
* If Brandon Banks touches the ball for anything other than KR/PRs, I'd be very surprised. With this depth and his injury issues, there really is 7 WRs on the roster and 1 KR/PR.

OL (8)
Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown, Sean Locklear, Erik Cook, Willie SmithThoughts: Congratulations to Willie Smith for making the roster. He was the most consistent back up OL that I noticed during the pre-season. Nice thing about Smith is that he could play 4 spots on the roster (LT, RT, LG, RG) if needed. I am surprised about Erik Cook. He seemed to get blown off the ball way too many times for my liking and is listed as only a C. My guess is that the Skins will look to sign at least one more OL before too long.

DL (6)
Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Chris Neild, Kedric Golston, Darrion Scott
Thoughts: Skins like to rotate their DL frequently throughout games to keep them fresh, so I don't think that 6 DL (one being strictly a NT) will be enough. I expect at least another DE to be signed (most likely cut from a 3-4 team or possibly a trade). I was surprised to see Neild make the roster over Anthony Bryant but I think the reasoning is that Neild can penetrate the pocket and has more upside. Bryant is a classic run clogging NT but doesn't provide much pass rush. Based on keeping Neild and signing a Barry Cofield, it looks like the Skins are looking for more pocket collapsing and pass rush from their NT (much like Dallas' NT Jay Ratliff). Now you know why the Skins wanted Haynesworth at NT last year........

LB (9)
Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Rob Jackson, Perry Riley, Keyaron Fox, Lorenzo Alexander, Markus White
Thoughts: Not in the least bit surprised of this. The LB corp was pretty deep and Markus White earned the roster spot. Alexander will be the emergency ILB/OLB while continuing to dominate on special teams.

CB (5)
DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes, Brandyn Thompson, Byron Westbrook
Thoughts: 4 of the 5 were locks. Thompson made the squad based on his improving performances in the pre-season. I think the Skins were going to at least put him on the Practice Squad. With the Buchanon suspension, the Skins put him on the active roster and use him as a emergency reserve. Expect Thompson to be inactive on game days. 2012 and beyond will be interesting to see if Thompson can take Barnes' spot on the roster.

S (4)
LaRon Landry, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes
Thoughts: No real surprises here. Gomes played well, is a Shanahan pick, doesn't have the injury history like Horton and is younger. Youth movement.

K (1)
Graham Gano

P (1)
Sav Rocca

LS (1)
Nick Sundberg

Practice squad to be announced sometime today......

Here are the official cuts from

Player Position Status
Isaac Anderson WR Waived; Undrafted Rookie
Horatio Blades LB 2007 6th-Round Draft Pick
Anthony Bryant NT 5-Year Veteran; Signed in 2010
Selvish Capers OT Waived; 2010 7th-Round Draft Pick
Kellen Clemens QB 6-Year Vet; Signed in July
Tony Curtis TE 4-Year Vet; Signed in August
Shaun Draughn RB Waived; Undrafted Rookie
Thaddeus Gibson LB Waived; Joined Team in August
Matt Gutierrez QB Waived; Signed in August
Artis Hicks OL 10-Year Vet; Signed in 2010
Chris Horton S Waived; 2008 7th-Round Draft Pick
Maurice Hurt OL Waived; 2011 7th-Round Draft Pick
Edgar Jones LB 5-Year Vet; Signed last January
Reggie Jones CB Waived; Signed in 2010
Clint Oldenburg OT Waived; Signed in 2009
Donovan Raiola C Waived; Signed in August
Aldrick Robinson WR Waived; 2011 6th-Round Draft Pick
Evan Royster RB Waived; 2011 6th-Round Draft Pick
Anderson Russell S Waived; Signed in 2010
Derek Schouman TE 5-Year Vet; Signed in August
Davonte Shannon DB Waived; Undrafted Rookie
Jeff Stehle DL Waived; Signed in August
Doug Worthington DL Waived; Signed in August
Keiland Williams RB Waived; Signed in 2010

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