After almost a week of free agency, the Redskins’ depth chart has undergone some transformation already. Here’s a look at the offensive chart with the defense coming next.
Robert Griffin III is the starter and Kirk Cousins is his backup. It remains to be seen if the team will carry three quarterbacks on the roster (Jay Gruden’s Bengals carried two the three seasons he was the offensive coordinator there) but they will need at least one and probably two other quarterbacks for the offseason program and training camp. They could sign a veteran, draft a QB late, or pluck one as an undrafted free agent.
Alfred Morris is the starter and beyond that the roles are murky. The team’s reported interest in Saints running back Darren Sproles indicates that Jay Gruden might want an upgrade over Roy Helu Jr. as his third-down back. That is also a spot that Chris Thompson might fill but his history of major injuries puts his reliability in question. Keep an eye out for a scatback to be added in the draft, putting pressure on both Helu and Thompson. Evan Royster will need a very strong showing on special teams to make the 53-man roster.
It’s Pierre Garçon and then a lot of sorting out to do. Andre Roberts was the free agent catch here and he could be the No. 2 receiver and/or play the slot. Santana Moss, who played the slot last year, is signed but he is not guaranteed a roster spot. It remains to be seen when Leonard Hankerson will resume activities after suffering a torn ACL in November, his second season-ending injury in three years in the NFL. His health could determine his role. Aldrick Robinson started to show a more complete game towards the end of last season and he is the wild card in the deck. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the team keep six receivers and at least one is likely to be added in a deep draft.
This position may or may not be settled. It’s easy to see them going into the season with Jordan Reed as the pass-catching tight end, Logan Paulsen as the blocker, and Niles Paul as the reserve and special teams contributor. But former Texans tight end Owen Daniels came to Redskins Park for a visit over the weekend so it’s apparent they might look to upgrade or to add a fourth tight end.
We’ve already seen some changes here with center Will Montgomery getting cut and Shawn Lauvao moving in at one of the guard spots. Right now, the plan seems to be to have Kory Lichtensteiger move to the middle and have Lauvao play left guard. It looks like right guard Chris Chester is safe for now but 2012 draft picks Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus may challenge him. Trent Williams is set at left tackle but Donald Penn is at Redskins Park today to talk about coming in to play the right side. Even if Penn doesn’t sign, Tyler Polumbus could be challenged by Tom Compton, a 2014 draft pick, or another free agent.