Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Quest for 53: My Guess for the Redskins 2012 Roster

(Only 53 of the current 90 players will be wearing this come September)
This is always tough and I never get the roster right, but after three weeks of pre-season this is my guess for the final 53 man roster for the Redskins with a little explanation to each group. While there is no guarantee, I'm going with the 25-25-3 breakdown to get my final roster.

QB
Robert Griffin III, Rex Grossman, Kirk Cousins
Thoughts: This is simple. Griffin is the starter, Grossman is the veteran back up/mentor for both rookie QBs and Cousins is the guy developing and holding a clipboard in 2012.

RB
Tim Hightower, Alfred Morris, Evan Royster
Thoughts: Roy Helu Jr. is a serious threat when healthy, the problem is that he's not healthy and if he has tendinitis in both Achilles' tendons then there may be no current timetable to his return. If this is the case then expect Helu to be IRed. If not the I would expect the Redskins to cut an additional player at another position. Either way I see Alfred Morris making this team.

FB
Darrel Young, Chris Cooley*
Thoughts: I think Cooley could still be cut but after seeing him get more reps with the starters as a FB and play STs with the starters, I can't believe that he's going anywhere.

WR
Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Dezmon Briscoe, Aldrick Robinson
Thoughts: The first four are locks. Briscoe solidified his position on Saturday and if he can play teams he'll make the team. Robinson is tricky. He shined in the Bears game and plays teams but has struggled with returning punts (fumbles) and we just haven't seen that much of him. That said, the Redskins brought him on the 53 when it looked like another team was going to sign him off the PS. So, if the Redskins like him, they'll have to keep him or likely lose him in waivers. Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin and Brandon Banks are still in the mix but I don't think they make the roster.

TE
Fred Davis, Niles Paul, Chris Cooley*
Thoughts: Davis and Paul are locks. Cooley is a bit more versatile than Logan Paulsen even though I like Paulsen's size and blocking ability. I would expect in a Jumbo type of package the Redskins could use another OL. Plus, we've seen a 3TE set in the Bears game with Cooley, Paul and Davis.

OL
Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt, Josh Leribeus, Jordan Black
Thoughts: I don't like putting Black on the final 53 but my guess is that he'll make the team he seems like he could play both LT and RT and seems to be ahead of Willie Smith whom I liked last year. Compton goes to the PS. I like him and wouldn't be surprised to see him on the 53 at some point this season. Don't see Leribeus getting cut, I think the 'Skins really like him at C.

DL
Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Baker, Kedric Golston
Thoughts: They may keep Doug Worthington as a 7th depending on whether or not he could join the practice squad for depth. It really depends on how comfortable they feel about this rotation but I think the 'Skins stick with this group.

OLB
Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Wilson, Rob Jackson
Thoughts: A real strong unit, there's really no need to have a 5th OLB here. Markus White goes to the practice squad.

ILB
London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander, Bryan Kehl, Keenan Robinson
Thoughts: The first three are locks. Kehl has some ST experience and is willing to play OLB if needed so he's versatile. Robinson is developing and should be a back up to learn the position while still getting some ST experience.

CB
Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford, Kevin Barnes
Thoughts: There's not much here and it would be easy in my opinion to replace Barnes,Griffin and even Crawford with Morgan, Jones and Thompson. Crawford has looked good for a rookie and has made the team's only INT in the pre-season. Griffin has been roasted repeatedly by starting WRs. The rest haven't been that noticeable, which I suppose is good since they haven't been beaten that badly. To be honest the Redskins will probably keep 5 in a quantity over quality issue. If anything I can see the 'Skins having one less CB to keep an offensive player they like. Let's face it, this is arguably the weakest position on the team which is not good.

S
Brandon Meriweather , Tanard Jackson, Madieu Williams, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes
Thoughts: Again quantity over elite quality. I think Jackson and Meriweather will be the starters eventually barring injury. Still a better group than what we have at corner.

K
Graham Gano
Thoughts: Close battle. Youth (and a slightly stronger leg) over age.

P
Sav Rocca
Thoughts: uncontested

LS
Nick Sundberg
Thoughts: uncontested

I also expect some players to be signed off of waivers especially at the corner position.

* Chris Cooly would play both FB and TE positions. Not sure what to consider him at this part of his career.

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