Go here for the complete Redskins depth chart.The Redskins released their first depth chart of the year today in advance of Thursdays preseason game against the Bills. The unofficial chart contained a few mild surpises.Chris Cooley is listed as the second-team fullback. Starter Darrel Young and Dorson Boyce are the only two full backs on the roster and Cooley hopes to carve himself out a hybrid type of role where he can serve as a backup at both his regular tight end position and at fullback.Tim Hightower, whose participation in team drill has been very limited as he recovers from a torn ACL he suffered last October, is the top running back. The surprise is that Evan Royster, who finished last season strong, is listed as the second running back, ahead of Roy Helu Jr., the teams leading rusher last year.Jammal Brown is still listed as the starter at right tackle even though he remains on the physically unable to perform list. Tyler Polumbus, who has been working with the first unit since reporting to cap, is on the second team at right tackle and Willie Smith is third.Yes, Robert Griffin III is listed as the starting QB with Rex Grossman second team followed by rookie Kirk Cousins. Griffin is the only rookie atop his position on the chart.The top three kick returners and punt returners are the same, with Brandon Banks, Aldrick Robinson, and Anthony Armstrong being listed 1-2-3 respectively.At safety, Tanard Jackson is on the third team at free safety behind Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes
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.