August 30, 2010

Redskins Roster Cuts: Second Edition

Tuesday afternoon, the Redskins begin to make their first cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit for the regular season.

So what better time than now to compose the second edition of predicting Washington's final roster?

Here it goes.

Offense

Quarterback: Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck

I know everyone is thinking Shanny is going to go with two QBs, but given the state of McNabb's injured ankle I can't see them risking that at least early in the season.

Running Back: Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Ryan Torain

Willie Parker isn't going to make this team. Keiland Williams is tempting to put here and will probably end up on the practice squad. Torain has been very impressive.

Fullback: Mike Sellers

Fullbacks have never been a huge part of Shanny's game, but Sellers is a valuable commodity.

Wide Receiver: Santana Moss, Devin Thomas, Joey Galloway, Anthony Armstong, Terrence Austin

I was convinced there would be six on the list at WR, but now with Malcolm Kelly getting hurt again, the chances of it go down. Roydell Williams might make it as could Brandon Banks. I think Austin is a safer bet over Banks since he can actually play more than a few snaps a game.

Tight End: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen

Every team needs a blocking tight end, Paulsen has been reliable from what I've seen.

Tackle: Trent Williams, Jammal Brown, Stephon Heyer, William Robinson

Heyer takes a lot of heat, but he has the most experience out of any backup lineman. The 'Skins have no choice but to keep him.

Guard: Derrick Dockery, Artis Hicks, Edwin Williams, Chad Rinehart

I am a huge Ed Williams fan. I think the guy is strong and has improved his technique over the past year. There is talk he could be the eventual starter at center once Rabach moves on.

Center: Casey Rabach, Korey Lichtensteiger

Rabach will have to step up his game against power players like Jay Ratliff. I wonder if he can.

Defense


Defensive End: Adam Carriker, Phillip Daniels, Kedric Golston, Jeremy Jarmon, Vonnie Holliday

Jarmon is on the bubble, but he has tremendous athleticism. I can't see him getting cut. Holliday is a great depth guy and a veteran presence.

Nose Tackle: Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Albert Haynesworth

I would be willing to bet Haynesworth is the starter by week four. Nothing wrong with Kemoeatu playing in a reserve role.

Outside Linebacker: Brian Orakpo, Andre Carter, Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson

Wilson has been playing largely against backups, but the guy has been great rushing the passer. He will see a lot of time this year.

Middle Linebacker: London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Perry Riley, HB Blades

Robert Henson could easily move into the last spot over Blades. He is a good special-teamer, but Blades has seen more time in the preseason.

CB: DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, Phillip Buchanon, Byron Westbrook, Kevin Barnes

I have zero faith in Justin Tryon. I pray the coaching staff shares my view. Ramzee Robinson has been solid in limited action. Barnes is far from a lock.

SS: LaRon Landry, Chris Horton

Horton will play some at free safety as well. LaRon looks much better closer to the line of scrimmage.

FS: Kareem Moore, Reed Doughty, Tyrone Carter

Carter has so much experience in the 3-4. I like his chances despite hopping on board late in the game. Moore will need to get healthy fast after suffering a sprained knee vs. the Ravens.

LS: Nick Sundberg

James Dearth was brought in to push Sundberg. It seems to be working.

PK: Graham Gano

He tends to push longer field goals wide to the right, but last week he did go 3-3 against the Jets. I'm not sold on him, but he is the undisputed kicker at the moment.

P: Josh Bidwell

Bidwell is averaging 42.8 yards per punt with a net average of 37.4 yards per punt this preseason. Last year, Hunter Smith averaged 41.3 YPP with a net avg. of 36.8 YPP for the 2009 season. So that's an improvement. Don't know if it means anything yet.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sellers, not Sellars.

Jack said...

Nice catch. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

do you think mcnabb will be ready for the season opener?

Jack said...

I do. No way he misses the game unless something goes seriously wrong.