Ten Man Ideal Practice Squad For the Redskins
August 31, 2014 in Redskins Personnel
This list assumes that all of these guys clear waivers for the Redskins. Washington can obviously sign guys from other teams, but that can be difficult as most of the top guys who get cut and aren't claimed will just stay with their own team's practice squad since they know the system. Still some offensive linemen and safeties may consider the Redskins a better option since there looks to be some real opportunities here.
RB Lache Seastrunk:
-Seastrunk showed his electric ability in the preseason, but he also showed that he's a ways away from being a reliable running back at the NFL level. The Redskins are rolling the dice that they can get him through waivers, given his potential and hype, but only a few teams could justify a roster spot for a guy who is as raw as Seastrunk so it could work out for the Redskins.
RB Chris Thompson:
-Thompson is more likely to make it through waivers, and the Redskins may have to be just satisfied with him as the only back-up on the PS if Seastrunk gets claimed. Thompson has speed and quickness like Seastrunk and he's a more natural receiver out of the backfield. If he can come back next season and stay healthy he'd have a great chance of making the roster.
WR Nick Williams:
-Williams continue's to show value on special teams and as a slot receiver. He will probably never be more than a back-up, but he's worth the Redskins hanging on to. Next year Santana Moss will likely be gone and Williams could take over as a back-up slot receiver.
TE Ted Bosler:
-This is a good place for Bosler as he can bulk up and learn to be a better blocker for next season. He was a long shot to make the roster all along, but is a safe bet for the practice squad.
OL Trevita Stevens:
-The Redskins are likely to keep some offensive line depth on the practice squad and with Stevens ability to play center it helps his chances of getting a spot. Right now Chris Chester is the only "back-up" center on the roster so if either Kory Lichtensteiger or Chester go down, the Redskins will need another guy with some snapping experience on the active roster.
CB Chase Minnifield:
-Chase Minnifield had a solid camp/preseason, but it was going to be tough for him to make the final roster. He's not a key special teams player, and the Redskins were likely to only keep 5 corners this year. Between already having two young guys like Amerson and Breeland, it was going to be an uphill challenge for Minnifield to unseat a veteran.
CB Richard Crawford:
-Crawford is clearly not the same prospect he was before the injury, which is why he was a long shot to make the team. It's worth seeing if the can recover more from the injury and once again be a solid young corner/special teamer. Given that the Redskins only went with 5 corners, having two on the PS make some sense. With Tracy Porter's injury history it's likely one of the two will need to be called up at some point.
S Phillip Thomas:
-Thomas's injury history has made his future pretty murky, but if he makes it through waivers the Redskins would be wise to try to keep him on the practice squad. Thomas is still a young guy with potential, at a position where the Redskins are in desperate need for a long term solution. Maybe Thomas will never make it in the NFL, but he's worth keeping around on the practice squad if they can.
DT Robert Thomas:
-The Redskins likely want to have some extra defensive line depth on their practice squad and Thomas is the only guy from the Redskins that fits the bill. Now if the Redskins decide to cut Frank Kearse to pick up depth from another position he could take this PS spot.
*OL Reid Fragel:
-Due to who they kept the Redskins only have a handful of practice squad eligible players on their cut list (even with the expanded rules), the only guys that weren't kept were Lee Doss, Zach Hocker and Kevin Kowalski among the final cuts. It's possible they bring back someone like Adam Gettis, but it's more likely they look to bring in someone from another team. Given how bad the Redskins are along the offensive line they can be an attractive destination for offensive linemen around the league looking to latch on to a practice squad. Fragel is a raw tackle prospect, but he's got a great frame and some potential. He was originally drafted in the 7th round by the Bengals (and Jay Gruden) in 2013 before being on their practice squad for half of the season, until the Browns offered him a job.