The Washington Redskins are in a rather favorable situation with most positions on their roster, and that is that they are not short on talent.
Between their competitive running back stable and mix of veteran and upstart wide receivers, this is a good problem to have.
The backup running back position is perhaps their most interesting offensive camp battle so far.
They have a trio of guys with experience who have proven they can be valuable runners, and they recently picked up two more running backs in the draft who will be in the mix for a roster spot.
Offensive line is also a position in which they are pretty set at, besides right tackle. The most competition on the O-line is definitely with the interior linemen; there are several young guys who can play and play well if given the chance.
With preseason upon us and roster cuts looming, there is much speculation surrounding which players on Washington’s roster bubble will end up making the team and which will end up looking for work by the time summer ends.
There will be many broken-hearted players when the Redskins make their final cuts, but there will also be a couple of surprises regarding some of these guys on the bubble.
Evan Royster, RB
While Alfred Morris has the starting running back spot sewn up, there is a ton of competition behind him.
It is unlikely that Washington will keep more than three running backs, so the guys who will earn the backup and third-string slots will have to prove that they can bring a spark to the Redskins’ running game.
Evan Royster has shown flashes of being a dependable back in the past, but has done especially well with catching the ball out of the backfield and grinding out yards as the game goes on.
He may not put up a great yards-per-carry average, but he is a solid change-of-pace, outlet pass-type of guy whom Kyle Shanahan can plug into most packages in relief of Morris.
He surely doesn’t make the type of impact that Morris does, but he can get the job done in a minimized role.
Maurice Hurt, OL
Maurice Hurt is one of those guys who had a pretty good future lined up for him in Washington, that is until the right tackle position got extremely crowded.
While the group isn’t exactly littered with talent, there is competition.
It is evident that incumbent starter Tyler Polumbus is not the long-term answer, and Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood are stop-gap solutions for now. The only other player with any sort of promise is Xavier Nixon, a rookie from Florida who has great athleticism and a tremendous skill set.
While neither Hurt nor Nixon is really ready to step in and become “the guy,” Washington still needs a dependable starter at right tackle.
When it comes down to who is better between these two guys, you have to go with the more experienced player. Nixon will probably end up being the better overall player, but Hurt is familiar with the system and could be a pretty good player while Nixon still adjusts to life in the NFL.
Devery Henderson, WR
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but Devery Henderson will have a great chance at making this roster.
While he certainly isn’t the best receiver on Washington’s roster, he has a solid set of hands and can become a reliable fourth or fifth option for Robert Griffin III.
With Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan firmly atop the depth chart at wide receiver, and Santana Moss holding it down as the third receiver, Henderson could find his way onto the roster by proving he can be more consistent than Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson.
Henderson isn’t particularly tall or anything, but he possesses good speed for a veteran and has the ability to be a contributing factor on offense for Washington.