Here is my prediction for the 53-man roster that will emerge from the final round of cuts:SpecialistsIn (3):P Sav Rocca, LS Nick Sundberg, PK Billy CundiffObviously Cundiff beating out both Neil Rackers and Graham Gano without making a single kick in a Redskins uniform was a surprise to most.DefenseDefensive backsCornerback (5): DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford, Brandyn ThompsonSafety (4): Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson, Madieu Williams, DeJon GomesJordan Bernstine goes to the practice squad. Reed Doughty may give you more than Gomes this year but I think that last years draft pick stays with an eye towards 2013 and beyond.LinebackersOutside (4):Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Chris Wilson,Inside (5):London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander, Keenan Robinson, Bryan KehlIts hard to cut an athlete like Markus White but Wilson is a more polished player and can be a huge asset on special teams.Defensive lineIn (6): Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins, Adam Carriker, Kedric Golston, Barry Cofield, Chris BakerThis has been set since Chris Neild went out with a torn ACL. Golston stays because the blocking in the middle of the line on field goals fell apart when he got injured last year. Doug Worthington goes to the practice squad.For a look at mypre-training camp 53-man prediction, go here.OffenseRunning backsIn (5):Roy Helu Jr., Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, Darrell Young, Alfred MorrisNone of the four tailbacks is a stud but it would be hard to cut any of them, so Shanahan wont.Tight endsIn (3):Fred Davis, Niles Paul, Logan PaulsenThis was set when Chris Cooley was released on Tuesday.Wide receiversIn (6):Pierre Garon, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Dez BriscoeYes, Anthony Armstrong plays special teams and Briscoe doesnt or at least not very much or very well. But in 2010 Armstrong caught seven passes. Briscoe caught sixtouchdownpasses. Briscoe has been the better player in camp and in preseason games since learning the offense. Briscoe has to stay.If Brandon Banks staysand I dont think he willhe wont take a job away from one of the six wide receivers. If he does stay it will be as a return specialist and his roster slot will come from the offensive line or from a linebacker.QuarterbacksIn (3):Robert Griffin III, Rex Grossman, Kirk CousinsRex stays. Period.Offensive lineIn (9):Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Josh LeRibeus, Jordan Black, Adam Gettis, Maurice HurtAs noted above, the Redskins could decide to keep Banks and trim back an offensive lineman. They got burned last year keeping eight linemen when a rash of injuries hit so I think they will play it safe this year and keep nine.If they do decide to go with eight, Gettis seems to be the most vulnerable. Black is the swing tackle, LeRibeus can play guard or center, and Hurt can play guard or tackle. Gettis may develop versatility but for now he seems likely to learn on the practice squad.Willie Smith does have a shot at getting Blacks spot. He started camp and the preseason games slowly, something the coaching staff made no secret of. But he has performed better lately. But it looks like Black will get the nod.Breakdown: 26 offense, 24 defense, 3 specialistsAgree? Disagree? Hit me up in the comments or on Twitter @Rich_Tandler
Last practice before the Browns come to town, and while the Redskins are still locking down their O-line plans, another subplot has emerged on defense. Jay Gruden's crew will most likely hit the bubble for practice at noon, and here's what we're watching:
- No fluke - In Last Sunday's win over the Giants, it became obvious that the Redskins were rotating outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. That idea would have seemed crazy during the summer, but with Murphy's improved play, it's working. "I think the nice thing is we got three guys that are playing well. So, if we can get a nice rotation and keep them and set a plan, 60 or 70 plays, if we can all keep them around 40 plays, it’s going to benefit them obviously during the game, but also as we get going all through the season," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said of the three-man OLB group.
- More help at safety? - With D-Hall done for the year with a torn ACL the easy move for Washington is Will Blackmon starting in Hall's spot. That's obvious: Blackmon has played well in his time with the 'Skins and knows the defense well. Down the road, however, it will be interesting to see what happens with rookie Su'a Cravens. He's a player that could move alongside Blackmon and potentially replace or supplement David Bruton at the strong safety spot. Here's Barry on that possibility, "I think that is potentially something that could happen down the road with the more comfortable he gets but we got quite a bit on his plate right now and he’s handling it well."
- Crowder's emergence - Through three games this season it isn't DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon that leads the Redskins recievers in catches, it's slot man Jamison Crowder. He also leads all Redskins pass catchers in touchdowns with two. Last week in New York, Crowder had an impressive TD taken the distance off a wideout screen, not to mention a remarkable punt return that flipped field position. Gruden on Crowder, "He’s all about business. He’s got great football intelligence, great instincts for the position. He can play inside/outside. Shown he’s a great returner. Just tough as nails. You know, he’s got every quality you want as far as checking the box, as far as intangibles. He’s got them all."
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Redskins linebacker Martrell Spaight went to Arkansas and loves his school. Redskins safety Deshazor Everett went to Texas A&M and loves his school. Their schools played each other, and the players bet on the outcome.
For the loser it meant wearing the gear of the other squad. For Spaight, it meant wearing a Texas A&M sweatshirt all week.
It's funny to notice different captions from the same picture. Spaight clearly didn't like wearing the Aggie gear. Everett thought it was fantastic.
For Spaight's sake, he might want to skip the bet next season. A&M won this year's game 45-24 and has won five straight over Arkansas.