With only two playoff appearances since entering the 21st century, the “billion dollar franchise” Washington Redskins brace for a “make or break” 2009 season.
The results of this season will have lasting implications effecting the make-up and direction of the team for half a decade. Failure is not an option!
The only position in the Redskins organization that is secure is owner Daniel Snyder’s.
Yes, even Snyder’s long time confidant and Redskins EVP of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato, may have to step aside if the team he helped assemble disappoints.
The stakes have never been greater at Redskins Park as every decision and transaction will be scrutinized.
Although preseason is quickly approaching the halfway mark, training camp has ended.
The Redskins coaching staff can no longer coddle rookies and teach techniques.
Rival New York Giants, the team's opening game opponent, is just three weeks away.
With that in mind, I imagine Vinny Cerrato, Jim Zorn, and the rest of the Redskins coaching staff have narrowed down their projected 53-man roster.
After spending three weeks in the sweltering heat at Redskins Park studying the 80 players the team invited to training camp, it is time to delve deep inside the minds of those who will determine the fate of players.
A great deal can change impacting the final roster between now and September 13, 2009.
Assuming the Redskins finish the preseason with no major injuries, here's the projected 53-man roster by position and practice squad:
( ) Represent the number of roster spots by position - Not including Practice Squad Players
Quarterbacks (3) - Jason Campbell, Colt Brennan, Todd Collins
Runningbacks (3) - Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Marcus Mason (Practice Squad)
Fullbacks (1) - Mike Sellers, Eddie Williams (Practice Squad)
Receivers (6) - Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas, Trent Shelton, Marko Mitchell
Tight ends (3) - Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Todd Yoder, Robbie Agnone (Practice Squad)
Offensive Line (9) - Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabich, Randy Thomas, Stephon Heyer, Chad Rinehart, Will Montgomery, Scott Burley, Jeremy Bridges
Long Snapper (1) - Ethan Albright
Kicker (1) - Scott Suisham
Total Offense (27)
Defensive Tackles (5) - Albert Haynesworth, Cornelius Griffin, Kedric Golston, Anthony Montgomery, Lorenzo Alexander
Defensive Ends (4) - Andre Carter, Phillip Daniels, Renaldo Wynn, Jeremy Jarmon, Alex Buzbee (Practice Squad)
Linebackers (7) - Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, HB Blades, Robert Thomas, Robert Henson, Cody Glenn
Cornerbacks (5) - DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot, Kevin Barnes, Justin Tryon, Byron Westbrook (Practice Squad)
Safeties (4) - LaRon Landry, Chris Horton, Reed Doughty, Kareem Moore
Punter (1) - Hunter Smith
Total Defense (26)
Note: The make-up of this roster is based squarely on training camp performance. There are players missing from the roster deserving of a spot, and there are players on the roster who have not performed well enough to make the team. Various factors play key roles in developing a roster.
Invested draft pick(s), an injury riddled position, salary cap implications, special teams impact, age, upside vs. downside, team morale and character all have an impact on roster selections.
No, there was not bread breaking during training camp lunch with Vinny Cerrato and Jim Zorn to discuss the make-up of this team. This projected roster is based on practice field performance, specualted salary cap implications and the weight a draft pick may carry.
Please feel free to share changes you would make to this projected 53-man roster.