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Washington Redskins Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

Washington Redskins Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

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    It's a strange, awkward time on the NFL calendar. In less than a week, the Washington Redskins and their 31 NFL peers had to trim their rosters by over 40 percent. 

    As the 'Skins worked to get down to 53 men by the Saturday deadline, we tracked all of their moves live right here.

    Here's a breakdown of everything that has gone on during a crazy week.

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    The Redskins cut the roster down to 53 players on Saturday. Here's an updated look at the players they've waved goodbye to:

    • Tony Pashos, OT
    • Xavier Nixon, OT
    • Chigbo Anunoby, DE
    • Vic So’oto, OLB
    • Chase Minnifield, CB
    • Keiland Williams, RB
    • Emmanuel Ogbuehi, TE
    • Dominique Hamilton, DE
    • Skye Dawson, WR
    • Lance Lewis, WR
    • DeJon Gomes, S
    • Tevita Stevens, OL
    • Ron Brace, DL
    • Jawan Jamison, RB
    • Nick Williams, WR
    • Kevin Matthews, OL
    • Will Compton, LB
    • Marvin Burdette, LB
    • Maurice Hurt, OL (PUP)
    • Roddrick Muckelroy, LB
    • Rob Jackson, DE (suspended list)
    • Jarvis Jenkins, DE (suspended list)

    The only surprises, from my standpoint, are Pashos and Minnfield. They're shallow at offensive tackle as is, so this must means they really believe in Tom Compton as a swing backup tackle behind Trent Williams and Tyler Polumbus. Minnifield is a talented young dude, but it looks like they're going with Jerome Murphy instead. Strange.

    Also, Pat White did enough to make the roster. What does that mean? Maybe Mike Shanahan just wants another mobile quarterback on the depth chart, or maybe the brass isn't confident that Robert Griffin III and/or Kirk Cousins can stay healthy. We'll see how long they stick with four quarterbacks. 

Previewing and Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Redskins announced on Sunday that eight contributors from the preseason roster have been added to the practice squad. Here's a breakdown of those who are returning in that fashion...

    Will Compton, LB: The undrafted rookie had a solid preseason but the 'Skins are keeping things slim at outside linebacker. Compton would need a lot to go wrong to get promoted to the active roster.

    Dominique Hamilton, DL: Phillip Merling got the nod ahead of him, but it'll be tough for Hamilton to gain a promotion considering that Jarvis Jenkins will be back for Week 5.

    Jawan Jamison, RB: The seventh-round pick was in trouble the moment Chris Thompson started delivering as a return man.

    Lance Lewis, WR: Solid preseason but that wasn't enough to spring the second-year wideout ahead of any of the five veterans the 'Skins are keeping at the wide receiver position.

    Chase Minnifield, CB: I really thought the second-year cover man would make the team over Jerome Murphy. He's got a lot of talent, though, and could end up on the roster at some point during his second season.

    Xavier Nixon, OL: Even with Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood gone, Nixon couldn't get ahead of Tom Compton.

    Tevita Stevens, OL: I thought he was just a camp body but the undrafted rookie must have impressed someone on the coaching staff. 

    Nick Williams, WR: Perfect fit for the practice squad. Don't be surprised if he's in the mix again next summer.

     

Final Depth Chart

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    QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Pat White

    RB: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson, Evan Royster

    FB: Darrel Young

    WR: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson

    TE: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed

    OT: Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton

    G: Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis

    C: Will Montgomery

    DE: Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Phillip Merling

    DT: Barry Cofield, Chris Neild

    OLB: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Jenkins

    ILB: London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl

    CB: Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, E.J. Biggers, David Amerson, Jerome Murphy

    S: Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty, Jordan Pugh, Jose Gumbs

    K: Kai Forbath

    P: Sav Rocca

    LS: Nick Sundberg

Starters and Injury Notes

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    Starters rarely get cut. So in order to rule possible releases out right away, let's look at Washington's projected Week 1 starting lineup based on who has been getting starts thus far in the preseason. 

    Keep in mind that injuries are a factor. If you aren't supposed to be out long term, we've listed you as a starter. If your long-term status is up in the air, we'll leave you off.

    Below, we look at some of the notable injuries factoring in.

     

    Starters

    QB: Robert Griffin III

    RB: Alfred Morris

    FB: Darrel Young

    WR: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan

    TE: Fred Davis

    OT: Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus

    G: Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester

    C: Will Montgomery

    DE: Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins*

    DT: Barry Cofield

    OLB: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan

    ILB: London Fletcher, Perry Riley

    CB: Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall

    S: Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo

    K: Kai Forbath

    P: Sav Rocca

    *Suspended for the first four games of the regular season

     

    Injury Notes

    Robert Griffin III, knee, hasn't taken a snap in the preseason and has yet to be officially cleared for Week 1. With backup Kirk Cousins also hobbled by a mid-foot sprain, the biggest concern right now in Washington is the health of the quarterbacks.

    Barry Cofield, with a hand injury, is questionable for Week 1. He hopes to play after breaking a bone in his right hand against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of the preseason.

    Jenkins is suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. That hurts with fellow front seven defenders Cofield, Adam Carriker (injury) and Rob Jackson (suspension) also out.

    Richard Crawford is out for the year with a knee injury. He faces a long recovery, according to Tarik El-Bashir of Comcast Sportsnet Washington. 

List of First Round of Cuts

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    The Redskins trimmed their roster to 75 ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, and they did so in quiet, uneventful fashion. 

    There isn't a lot of fluidity on this roster. Most of the key players are established, so you probably shouldn't expect a lot of surprises out of D.C. this week. Here's a breakdown of who has been axed thus far:

    • Jeremy Trueblood, OT
    • Ricky Elmore, LB
    • Eric Kettani, FB
    • John Potter, K
    • Chip Reeves, WR
    • Quan Sturdivant, LB
    • Donté Stallworth, WR
    • Richard Crawford, CB
    • Jeremy Kimbrough, LB
    • Roddrick Muckelroy, LB
    • Ryan Mouton, CB
    • Jacolby Ashworth, OL

    Crawford was an injury settlement, and the crowd at wide receiver was too large for Stallworth, who might nearly be at the end of the line. Trueblood lost the battle at right tackle, which probably means Tyler Polumbus and Tony Pashos have made it. Nobody else was on anyone's radar. 

Depth Chart Post-75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    Here's our best guess regarding how the Redskins' depth chart looked after the cut down to 75:

    QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Pat White

    RB: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson, Keiland Williams, Evan Royster, Jawan Jamison

    FB: Darrel Young

    WR: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Dezmon Briscoe, Skye Dawson, Nick Williams, Lance Lewis

    TE: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul

    OT: Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Tony Pashos, Tom Compton, Xavier Nixon

    G: Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt

    C: Will Montgomery, Kevin Matthews, Tevita Stevens

    DE: Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Phillip Merling, Dominique Hamilton

    DT: Barry Cofield, Chris Neild, Ron Brace, Chigbo Anunoby

    OLB: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Jenkins, Vic So'oto

    ILB: London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl, Marvin Burdette, Will Compton

    CB: Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, E.J. Biggers, David Amerson, Chase Minnifield, Jerome Murphy

    S: Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes, Jordan Pugh, Jose Gumbs

    K: Kai Forbath

    P: Sav Rocca

    LS: Nick Sundberg

     

    Projected cuts

    With Maurice Hurt on the physically unable to perform list and Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson suspended, the Redskins will only need to cut 19 more players. Here's our best guess in that regard:

    • Pat White: He's been a yeoman this summer, but there's no room. They need the veteran Rex Grossman behind the two injured sophomores under center.
    • Evan Royster: I'm giving Keiland Williams the nod here after a solid preseason. I think Chris Thompson also makes the team ahead of Royster because of his ability as a returner.
    • Jawan Jamison: He only earned 10 preseason snaps.
    • Dezmon Briscoe: If they keep six receivers, he should make it. It's a toss-up, but I don't think the 'Skins are overly confident in him at this point.
    • Lance Lewis: Lewis hasn't been bad at all this preseason, but he's probably headed to the practice squad.
    • Skye Dawson: Barely saw the field during the preseason.
    • Nick Williams: I don't believe he did enough to make the team as a receiver, but he'd be perfect for the practice squad. Chris Thompson is the better option on special teams. 
    • Niles Paul: This team just doesn't need nor have room for four tight ends. His time is up.
    • Xavier Nixon: The undrafted free agent didn't do enough in the preseason to unseat veteran Tony Pashos or the solid Tom Compton. Compton was particularly solid. 
    • Kevin Matthews: He's got good bloodlines and performed OK this month but the 'Skins have too many quality guards who can move over to center in a pinch.
    • Tevita Stevens: The Utah product is just a camp body.
    • Dominique Hamilton: He had an opportunity with all of those defensive line injuries, but he didn't do enough to jump ahead of Chris Baker or Phillip Merling.
    • Ron Brace: A lack of preseason work indicates the 'Skins don't feel strongly about Brace or...
    • Chigbo Anunoby: An undrafted free agent with only 14 snaps in three preseason games. He's only still on the roster because Barry Cofield is hurt.
    • Vic So'oto: He hasn't made any plays, which isn't good when you're an outside linebacker trying to earn a spot on a 3-4 defense. He was done when they signed Nick Barnett.
    • Marvin Burdette: Only 14 preseason snaps for the UDFA.
    • Will Compton: Another undrafted free agent who faced the same problem as Burdette. I'd like to see him on the practice squad though.
    • Jerome Murphy: Wouldn't be shocked if he made the team. Murphy has had a solid month, but I just don't see space for him.
    • Jose Gumbs: Only another Brandon Meriweather injury or a surprise cut to Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes or Jordan Pugh would save Gumbs now.

Recently Cut Free Agents Washington Is Rumored to Be Pursuing

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    The 'Skins could look to make some final tweaks between Saturday and the beginning of the regular season, especially if quality offensive linemen hit the open market. We'll have potential targets right here.

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