Well fans, we are halfway through the preseason, and already we are getting a peak at what the final 53 will look like. While it may not seem like it, there are still 90 players on this roster and plenty of cuts to come. Here we will look at preseason performances thus far and what the final roster could look like.
In the coming weeks, there will be two important cut dates that will affect the lives of many players forever. On August 28, all rosters will be cut down to 80 players. Less than one week later on September 2, the rosters must be trimmed down to 53.
For the Washington Redskins, there are major competitions going on for wide receiver, tight end, running back and the defensive secondary. The following is a breakdown of what the roster might look like based on how players have performed this preseason.
QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman
RB: Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, Evan Royster
FB: Darrel Young
TE: Fred Davis, Chris Cooley, Niles Paul
WR: Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Aldrick Robinson, Brandon Banks
LT: Trent Williams, Tom Compton,
LG: Kory Lichtensteiger, Maurice Hurt, Josh LeRibeus
C: Will Montgomery, Erik Cook
RG: Chris Chester, Adam Gettis
RT: Jammal Brown, Willie Smith
DE: Adam Carriker, Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston
NT: Barry Cofield, Chris Baker
OLB: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Wilson, Rob Jackson
ILB: London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Bryan Kehl, Lorenzo Alexander, Kennan Robinson
CB: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes, Richard Crawford
S: Brandon Meriweather, Madieu Williams, Dejon Gomes, Reed Doughty
P: Sav Rocca
PK: Graham Gano
LS: Nick Sundberg
PR: Brandon Banks
KR: Brandon Banks
At this point, it's anyone's guess who the three running backs of the Washington Redskins will be. Evan Royster flashed impressive skills last season while Tim Hightower and Roy Helu were injured.
At the same time, Morris showed impressive skills during Saturday night's game. It's possible Morris is asked to join the practice squad and then called up when one of the other three gets injured.
Austin was noted as having an impressive camp, but Aldrick Robinson had an electric game on Saturday night. All three players have elite speed, but Robinson showcased the ability to catch the ball and escape defenders, earning him this position.
Brandon Banks stays on after his performance and occupies one of the receiver spots also.
Paulsen and Niles Paul have had a constant battle each week for the final tight end spot. While Paulsen has displayed the consistency he is known for, Paul has been getting regular starts with the first-team offense, and Coach Shanahan has commented on Paul's ability. The Redskins will likely go with the upside rather than safety for the final TE position.
Griffin was brought in as a free agent with solid playing skills but shaky injury history. This preseason he has displayed the exact opposite, showcasing an inability to keep up with receivers or track the ball in the air. Richard Crawford has had an impressive camp and preseason, earning him the final spot at cornerback.
Jackson was brought in this offseason to help fill the massive void at safety. For whatever reason, he has been unable to pick up the playbook and play consistently on the field. Gomes and Doughty seem to still be on the coaches' good side and will likely keep their spots.
There are still two weeks of preseason games to go, and it only takes one big play to catch the coach's eye. However, at this point these players have demonstrated the skills and playmaking ability to earn a final roster spot.
Stay tuned throughout the preseason to see how the roster develops.