On Friday, teams will cut 22 players to get to the final 53. So far this preseason, the Redskins have seen intense competition at a slew of positions, but unfortunately some young and promising players will not make the team.
But that is why the practice squad exists. Each team will get to hold on to eight players (who can be picked up by another team at any point) to develop throughout the season and call up if needed.
Here is my prediction for the Redskins' practice squad this year:
QB Jonathan Crompton
RB Tristan Davis
T Tom Compton
G/C Josh LeRibeus
WR Aldrick Robinson
DT Delvin Johnson
DB Travon Bellamy
The biggest surprise here is Aldrick Robinson. He did enough to make the team, but I think the coaches go with Brandon Banks because he is a better return man and can play in different utility roles on offense. The two plays of 45+ yards helped keep him on the roster.
Dezmon Briscoe also makes the team over Robinson because he has great size and a knack for scoring in the red zone, something he displayed last year in Tampa Bay. The big target will help Robert Griffin III to fit the ball in tight spots.
It's really impossible to make this pick between these three receivers and Anthony Armstrong as well, but my gut tells me the coaches go with Banks because of his play-making ability.
Josh LeRibeus also might be a surprise, but I don't think the Redskins have enough roster space to keep so many Guards on the roster, and Adam Gettis has outperformed thus far. Washington could easily keep an extra lineman and go thinner at a spot like safety, but we'll have to wait and see.
Apart from Robinson and LeRibeus, Delvin Johnson and Jordan Bernstine are some players to watch because of their potential. Bernstine recorded an interception in the last preseason game, and Johnson looked disruptive in limited action.
Of the players listed, LeRibeus and Robinson are in the most danger of being picked up by another team. The coaches might hold on to LeRibeus for that very reason.
Now of course this is just a prediction that could be completely off-base, but this is a group of young players who the coaches want to keep around to develop. After Friday, we should have a much better idea of who will stick around.