Washington Redskins: 53-Man Roster Projections

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 30, 2012

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In just over 24 hours, the Washington Redskins have to release 22 good men. That's 42 percent of the roster and about one player per hour. Based on what's happened thus far in organized team activities, training camp and the preseason, here's who we see making the final cut:


Quarterback (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman

The only question is which backup will be called upon if Griffin gets hurt. I'm guessing it'll be Grossman early in the year, but the long-term goal is for this to be Cousins.


Running Back (3): Alfred Morris, Evan Royster, Roy Helu

I don't think they're prepared to turn away from any of these three youngsters, and Tim Hightower has yet to prove he can stay healthy.


Fullback (1): Darrel Young

With Chris Cooley gone, Young is locked in.


Wide Receiver (6): Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Brandon Banks, Dezmon Briscoe

They keep six with Banks serving as a return guy and depth receiver. I'd expect Briscoe to be inactive on game days so long as the top four receivers are healthy. They'd try like hell to sneak Aldrick Robinson onto the practice squad.


Tight End (3): Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul

Paulsen's the best blocking tight end, and Paul is still a bit of a project as he adjusts to a new position.


Offensive Tackle (3): Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Willie Smith

Jammal Brown starts the season on the physically unable to perform list, giving Smith at least six weeks as a reserve. Polumbus should hold things down at right tackle.


Guard (4): Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Maurice Hurt, Josh LeRibeus

Adam Gettis ends up on the practice squad, although I think Gettis has actually been better than LeRibeus this preseason. Just don't think they'd be able to get him onto the practice squad.


Center (2): Will Montgomery, Erik Cook

Cook isn't a lock, but I think they need protection in this spot. 


Defensive End (4): Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Jarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston

No surprises here, but I'd expect Jenkins to move up that depth chart later in the year. 


Nose Tackle (2): Barry Cofield, Chris Baker

Baker had a fantastic preseason and could challenge Cofield in the years to come. It's nice to know they finally have some depth here.


Outside Linebacker (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Chris Wilson

I had a very hard time leaving Markus White off the team, but I think they'd prefer Wilson's experience. White should be a practice squad guy.


Inside Linebacker (5): London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander, Bryan Kehl, Keenan Robinson

I don't know how I found a way to get Kehl and Robinson on here, but don't expect Robinson to be active much this season. 


Cornerback (5): Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford, Brandyn Thompson

This one's obvious. Thompson only gets left out if they keep four instead of five. 


Safety (5): Madieu Williams, Tanard Jackson, Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes

I strongly debated leaving Meriweather off the roster in favor of Gettis at guard or White at linebacker, both of whom have lots of upside. That said, I don't believe the 'Skins will give up on him this early. Still, I don't believe in Meriweather at all.


Punter: Sav Rocca

Yup, I'm guessing they only keep one....


Kicker: Billy Cundiff

Looked good in his debut Wednesday night. He should be an upgrade over Graham Gano.


Long snapper: Nick Sundberg

Three years running in this role. 


Kick/punt returner: Brandon Banks

With Robinson and Armstrong gone, Paul could get some work here, too.


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