The 53: Stability at running back

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The 53: Stability at running back

The Redskins will report to training camp on July 25. Over the next five weeks they will undergo the process of cutting their 90-man roster down to 53. Which players will get those coveted spots and which will join the ranks of the unemployed? Over the next couple of weeks well go through position by position and try to predict what decisions Mike Shanahan and company will make.The first area we will look at is running back, including fullback.There are eight running backs on the roster, the Redskins will keep four.In: Roy Helu Jr., Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, Darrell Young
Out: Tristan Davis, Alfred Morris, Antwon Bailey, Lennon CreerChanges from 2011: Hightower back from injured reserve, Ryan Torain released just prior to the end of last seasonBubble watch: Morris, a sixth-round pick, has a chance if he can learn to play fullback as well as halfback. However, there appears to be no room for him. His best shot is to wind up on the practice squad and wait to be called up if someone gets hurt.BreakdownThis should be one of the most stable units on the team. All four of those who are expected to make it were with the team a year ago. Royster came off of the practice squad in Week 12 and Hightower was the starter in five of the first six games before winding up on IR.It seems like Helu is penciled in as the starter right now, given how he finished up 2011, but its a very light pencil. Nobody would be surprised in the least if Hightower lined up for the first snap in New Orleans. During the course of the year, Royster could get his share of starts as well.The starter could be the hot hand, he could be the last man standing. Hightower is coming off of a knee injury and Helu was banged up the last few games of last year after carrying the load for a month.Davis, Bailey, and Creer have talent but the numbers are stacked against them. Fortunately, to coaches are unlikely to work the front-line players too much during preseason games so those three and Morris should get plenty of carries. That will give them to get a shot at the practice squad or to get a look by another team.

What do sports books think of Doctson's chances to win Rookie of the Year?

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What do sports books think of Doctson's chances to win Rookie of the Year?

The Redskins drafted TCU wide receiver Josh Docston with the No. 22 overall draft pick with the intent that he will have an immediate impact.

Although the 6-2, 202-pound athlete will play behind talented wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, there will still be enough balls thrown Doctson's way to stand out among the rest of the rookies.

On Wednesday, the Bovada sports book released its odds for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and tabbed Doctson with 12/1 odds, good enough for fifth place.

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year odds:

— Jared Goff, QB, Rams: 2/1

— Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys: 5/2

— Derrick Henry, RB, Titans: 7/1

— Corey Coleman, WR, Browns: 15/2

— Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins: 12/1

— Laquon Treadwell, WR, Vikings: 12/1

— Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens: 14/1

— Jordan Howard, RB, Bears: 14/1

— Paul Perkins, RB, Giants: 16/1

— Sterling Sheppard, WR, Giants: 16/1

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After 2016 NFL Draft, Redskins Super Bowl odds shift for next season

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After 2016 NFL Draft, Redskins Super Bowl odds shift for next season

A week after a well-regarded draft haul, Las Vegas experts moved up the chances of a Redskins Super Bowl win, albeit slightly. In two previous releases this year, Bovada.lv gave Jay Gruden's Washington team 50-1 odds of winning the next Super Bowl.

On Wednesday, after evaluating the recent draft class that started with TCU WR Josh Doctson and USC LB/SS Su'a Cravens, Bovada released updated odds, moving the Redskins chances up to 40-1 to take the next Lombardi Trophy.

At 40-1 the Redskins have the same odds of winning the next Super Bowl as the New York Jets - just behind the Ravens and Texans at 33-1 and just ahead of the Falcons, Bills, Bears, Rams, and Eagles at 50-1. 

Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Cowboys and Giants odds shifted following the draft. Dallas made headlines with the selection of Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, but Vegas saw the move as a negative, with their Super Bowl winning odds dropping from 20-1 in March to 22-1 in May. Even at 22-1, the Cowboys still have the best Super Bowl odds in the division. The Giants, even with the curious selection of Eli Apple in the first round, saw their odds improve from 33-1 in March to 25-1 in May. 

No surprise, but the Patriots and Seahawks have the best odds to win the Super Bowl at 7-1 and 8-1, respectively. Right behind those two powerhouses came the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at 10-1. Last season's Super Bowl losers, the Carolina Panthers are 11-1 to win the Super Bowl, and the defending champion Denver Broncos saw their odds drop from 10-1 in March to 16-1 in May to win the Super Bowl.

The ratings are in, and Josh Doctson is already an asset in Madden

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The ratings are in, and Josh Doctson is already an asset in Madden

Real-life Kirk Cousins was certainly pleased that the Redskins drafted football-snatcher Josh Doctson, but you know who else is feeling good about the selection? Virtual Kirk Cousins.

Both versions of Washington's signal caller will benefit from Doctson's presence, but while the actual wideout's pro debut is still months away, his counterpart in Madden has already been assigned a rating for the next edition of the game. Therefore, it's already known how much he'll help out on gridirons across the world's Xbox's and Playstations, even though he won't play in a real contest for a while.

And, judging by the aforementioned attributes that the folks at EA Sports gave Doctson, they expect him to be quite productive in the NFL.

The TCU product checks in as an 80 overall, a nice grade for a rookie pass catcher. Alongside that 80 is a 92 in the speed category, plus a 94 in agility. In other words: When you use the Burgundy and Gold, get this guy the rock with space around him.

For comparison's sake, Cleveland's Corey Coleman boasts the highest overall mark for an incoming receiver (82), while Houston's Will Fuller and Minnesota's LaQuan Treadwell are tied with Doctson. Meanwhile, Scot McCloughan's first pick from last year, Brandon Scherff, also was initally ranked as an 80.

As of now, those are the only three metrics that Madden's developer released, meaning Doctson's jumping ability is still unknown. If it's anything less than a 106, though, it may be time to boycott the successful franchise. Doctson can get up, and that better be appropriately reflected in the numbers.    

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