Predicting the Redskins 10 Man Practice Squad:
August 27, 2014 in Redskins Personnel
1. CB Chase Minnifield-
-In my latest 53 man roster prediction I have the Redskins keeping only 5 corners meaning that Minnifield is on the outside looking in for a roster spot right now. Minnifield has had a nice camp and preseason, and would be a good guy to hang on to given the cheaper contracts handed out to guys like Tracy Porter and E.J. Biggers. Minnifield may never be a star or even a starter, but he's a guy who could provide cheap decent depth going forward.
2. S Akeem Davis-
-With the safety position in flux right now given Brandon Meriweather's suspension and Phillip Thomas's injury situation it is important the Redskins keep some extra depth around. Davis was better on special teams than on defense in the preseason, but he at least knows the system and can be quick replacement if the Redskins suffer any more injuries to the position.
3. OLB Gabe Miller-
-Miller has been a great story at camp for the Redskins as he's showing natural pass rush ability and some intriguing potential for the future. He has an outside shot of making the 53 man roster, but given that he can be kept on the practice squad the Redskins will likely try to stash him here.
4. CB Richard Crawford-
-Under the new practice squad rules the Redskins can keep Crawford around for a year to see if in 2015 he has regained the promise he had before his knee injury in 2013. It's been a rough camp for Crawford and he definitely doesn't deserve a 53 man roster spot, but it would be nice to see him kept on the practice squad.
5. WR Nick Williams-
-This practice squad spot will come down to Nick Williams vs Lee Doss (given the strength at WR on this team it is unlikely they will feel the need to keep 2 on the PS). Right now you have to think Williams is in the lead. He's played more snaps and has been more productive so far in 3 preseason games. Keeping Williams makes sense because he could be in the mix for a back-up spot next year when Moss, Robinson and Hankerson are all not under contract any longer.
6. RB Lache Seastrunk-
-Seastrunk could be a surprise cut, but right now it's tough to say he's done enough to earn a roster spot. Though he has game breaking potential, he's extremely raw still and unless he blows up in the 4th preseason game, there's a fair chance he could sneak through waivers. Seastrunk is likely the first guy other teams would try to poach so it wouldn't be surprising if the Redskins move him up to the active roster at some point this season.
7. RB Silas Redd-
-Redd has had a really nice camp/preseason and has outplayed fellow rookie Seastrunk thus far. Unfortunately for Redd it is a numbers game as the Redskins might not be able to keep more than 3 RB's. Even if they do keep a 4th Seastrunk will likely get the nod due to his draft status and the fact that Redd is more likely to clear waivers for the practice squad. The good news for Redd is if he is back with this team next year, he has a great opportunity as both Roy Helu and Evan Royster are free agents.
8. TE Ted Bosler-
-The Skins only need to keep 3 tight ends so it is extremely unlikely that Bosler will sneak on to the roster. It's been a bit of a down camp for the Redskins 7th rounder as he's shown he's got a ways to go before he is ready to contribute. A year on the practice squad though will do him good as he can get stronger and learn to use his big frame to wall off defenders.
9. OL Trevita Stevens-
-The Redskins could opt to keep Adam Gettis given the new practice squad rules, but the fact that they cut him earlier means they likely don't see him in their future. Stevens has been solid as a back-up and would give the Redskins a guy with center experience after the Redskins cut veteran journeyman Mike McGlynn. If either Kory Lichtensteiger or Chris Chester (the Redskins current back-up center) go down, Stevens could quickly be called up.
10. Open Space- Likely a defensive lineman
-It's possible the Redskins could opt to keep a guy on their roster, but I wouldn't be surprised if this spot is saved for someone who get's cut elsewhere. The Redskins could use some more defensive depth, particularly at safety or along the defensive line which is where this spot is likely to be used.