Post Draft 53 Man roster prediction: Offense
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Quarterbacks: 3 – Dwayne Haskins, Case Keenum, Colt McCoy
– No real surprises when it comes to the names here, it’s just a matter of if the Redskins actually opt to keep all three quarterbacks. Obviously Haskins is the future and he will get the opportunity to start day one, but the team could wait to start him until later in the season. Keenum and McCoy give the Redskins a pair of viable options to star the season with, if they don’t want to rush Haskins. Regardless of who starts the year, the real question is do the Redskins need both Keenum and McCoy? The Redskins have not kept three QBs for a number of years, so they could look to save a roster spot and only keep one of the veterans. In that case I think McCoy is the odd man out, but it’s a toss up. Right now I think the Redskins will keep both vet quarterbacks if for no other reason than extra insurance. Also having a pair of quarterbacks for Haskins to pick the brains of can’t hurt either.
Running backs: 4 – Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall
-With rookie RB Bryce Love likely to start the year on the PUP list, there is one open running back spot on the roster. I think the final spot comes down to Marshall vs Samaje Perine. While Gruden has made some positive offseason comments about Perine, I think Marshall has the edge here given his ability to fill the 3rd down back role. With Chris Thompson’s injury history and Adrian Peterson‘s lack of involvement in the passing game, they really need a 2nd back who can handle that work.
Wide Receivers: 6 – Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn, Terry McLaurin, Kevin Harmon, Cam Sims
-Doctson and Richardson are the only two receivers with any real NFL experience, though that is fairly limited in it’s own right. Between them in eight seasons they have never had a 1,000 yard season and only have three combined seasons over 500 yards (Doctson twice, Richardson once). Trey Quinn figures to join them in the starting trio as the new starting slot receiver taking over for Jamison Crowder. In the two games he played last year he did okay, but he still has a ways to go.
McLaurin was drafted in the 3rd round and he is assured a roster spot, but it’s unclear so far where he will fit in with the team. He’s versatile enough to play both inside and outside and the Redskins could look to see if he can push one of the top 3 receivers for a starting spot. If they feel that he isn’t ready for that, they could utilize him in a utility role where he is getting snaps at all three receivers spots. Beyond McLaurin it’s bit of an uncertainty for the final two roster spots. Kevin Harmon is a late round rookie, but many believed he’d go higher in the draft. While there are limitations to his game, he should be able to win one of the remaining jobs. For the final roster spot Cam Sims seems the most likely option as he earned a spot in camp last year, but a strong camp by Robert Davis, Brian Quick or Darvin Kidsy could push him out of the spot.
Tight Ends: 3 – Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Matt Flanagan
-I think it is clear that the Redskins will once again go with Reed and Davis as their primary tight ends, but I do see a potential shake-up at the bottom of this depth chart. Matt Flanagan impressed last year as an undrafted free agent in camp/preseason and got a late season call up. He gives the Redskins a quality inline blocking TE, who can also line-up as a FB in certain formations. That is a skill set that Reed and Davis don’t have, and that Jeremy Sprinkle has failed to showcase. With the Redskins likely being more run focused as they look to ease in Haskins, having a better blocking tight end is more important. I see Flanagan edging out Sprinkle in this battle.
Offensive Line: 9 – Trent Williams, Wes Martin, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Geron Christian, Ereck Flowers, Ross Pierschbacher, Timon Parris
-Williams, Roullier, Scherff, and Morgan are locked into both their roster spots and their roles on the team. Beyond those four veterans, it’s likely both Martin and Pierschbacher, as mid-round rookies will make the team. Martin I think has a strong chance to take the starting LG role if he has a strong camp. At worst he should be the top guard back-up for both spots. Pierschbacher is likely the primary back-up center, and secondary back-up guard, but he could be given a shot at competing for the LG role as well.
Ereck Flowers on paper is their primary competition for the LG role, but he’s been a bust thus far in his NFL career. Even if he doesn’t win the starting role he still may find himself a role on the team as a back-up given the fact that he has positional versatility. Hopefully working with Callahan will start to pull out his upside, otherwise he could find himself cut. While I don’t have a lot of faith in him, the reason I kept him on the roster is how thin the depth is for the team. Geron Christian should earn the back-up swing tackle role (unless Flowers takes that role), but he’s coming off a season ending injury and a down year. I think the Redskins will end up keeping 9 offensive linemen given how banged up they have been the past two seasons. If that is the case I would look for Timon Parris to be an intriguing option for that 9th spot. He was a raw talent from a small school, who earned a practice squad spot a year ago. If he’s developed some he should be in line for an active roster spot. Given how thin this group is though I wouldn’t be shocked to see them add a veteran free agent option this summer for depth.