Friday, August 29, 2014

Final Thoughts on Redskins 2014 PreSeason

(Has Gabe Miller earned himself a roster spot? Photo: Jim Damaske/ Tampa Bay Times)

This is where I'd normally write a The Good The Bad and The Ugly but it's the final game of the preseason and frankly, we're not here to look at stats, wins or scheme.

We're here to see who shined and have a good shot at making the final roster.

So here's some final thoughts on a few of the battles for the final roster spots.

Colt McCoy - What you saw with McCoy has summed up a large portion of his career. McCoy is polished and does a great job running bootlegs and can pick you apart in a West Coast style short passing game. He struggles with some passes and occasionally tries to force passes or makes the occasional mistake/bad pass. That said, he's ideal to be the Redskins backup or #3 QB on the roster and has game experience.

RB Battle - Evan Royster probably is the best RB all around of this group in that he gets the scheme, can play special teams, has experience, can pass catch and pass block. The problem is that he lacks speed, is not a driving pounder of a RB and just doesn't have a special quality.

Silas Redd is a pounder and reminds me a lot of Alfred Morris in his ability to get extra yards after taking a hit. He also has decent pass catching skills.

Lache Seastrunk  is such a raw talent, but man is this kid fast!!!! The Redskins have to give him a roster spot. No way will he clear waivers to be stashed on the practice squad.

Chris Thompson has Seastrunk type speed but more polish and NFL experience. The problem is I don't trust his ability to stay on the field. When I want to give out the nickname "Mr. Glass" to him, that is not a good sign.

All four played hard last night. The Redskins are likely to only keep two of these guys. Right now my vote is for Redd and Seastrunk. My guess is that they'll keep Thompson and Seastrunk and try to stash Redd on the practice squad.

WR Battle - Not a real battle here. Aldrick Robinson and Ryan Grant just solidified their roster spots as the #5 and #6 WRs on the roster. Nick Williams dropped a pass and looked tenative as a punt returner, so I'm guessing practice squad for him again if he still has eligibility.

TE Battle - Ted Bolser is heading to the practice squad. Niles Paul is a better special team player and has shown flashes of pass catching ability. Neither are great blockers especially at FB/H-back.

O-Line Battle - I think the Redskins made the hardest choices already at this spot. Obviously Morgan Moses and Spencer Long are on the final 53. I think Tom Compton and Josh LeRibeus have done enough to make the final 53.

D-Line Battle - I hate to see what happened to Chris Neild because he's a classic "blue-collar" guy that fans root for, that said it gave an opening to Frank Kearse who now may have a chance to make the final 53. Clifton Geathers will probably make the roster because he can actually generate a pass rush and should knock a few passes down because he's so tall.

Kedric Golston is pretty much a default guarantee to make the roster. He plays special teams, is a hard worker and likely the #4 DE behind Jason Hatcher, Chris Baker and Jarvis Jenkins.

LB Battle - I think the Redskins have to be pretty happy with their LB corps. Gabe Miller wowed with some nice tackles for loss and a sack/fumble on Mike Kafka. With the high ankle sprain and the success of Will Compton and the other ILBs, I think the 'Skins may injury settle with Darryl Sharpton.

CB Battle - I wasn't much of a EJ Biggers fan last year, but he played extremely well this preseason and with his ability to play some safety, he'll be a lock for the final 53.

Chase Minnifield didn't play last night, so I have to think he'll be going to the practice squad or just be outright cut.

Richard Crawford just hasn't regained the speed/agility he had prior to his torn ACL. His punt returns didn't wow either. Not sure if he's practice squad eligible.

S Battle - It's down to Akeem Davis and Trenton Robinson for at least a two game spot on the roster (possibly more if Phillip Thomas has re-injured his repaired foot). Robinson has a little more experience and considered a special teams guy. Both had decent games last night. At this point I'd flip a coin.

Specialists - In the punting battle Tress Way had some amazing punts with some good hang time, but some inconsistency still keeps Robert Malone in the race. Zack Hocker has been the better kickoff kicker but he missed a chip shot 39 yard FG keeping veteran Kai Forbath in the competition.

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