Redskins 53-man roster projection: Defense

Redskins 53-man roster projection: Defense
June 23, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Tandler - Tarik

The Redskins have completed minicamp and they’ve started their five-week vacation prior to training camp. It’s as good a time as any to take a look and assess who will be on the roster when the Redskins are preparing to face the Houston Texans on Sept. 7.

Today, Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir look at the defense; we did our offensive projections on Friday.  

Defensive line

Tandler (7): Jason Hatcher, Chris Baker, Barry Cofield, Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Clifton Geathers

They are going to rotate a lot of players here and Hatcher is something of a pass-rush specialist so they keep seven here. Bowen is iffy with the knee microfracture.

El-Bashir (7):Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Chris Baker, Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Clifton Geathers and Kedric Golston.

The big question at this position is Bowen’s knee. The defensive end is 30 years old and coming off of microfracture surgery. If he’s healthy, he makes the cut. Baker’s ability to play end and nose squeezes out Chris Neild.

Outside linebacker

Tandler (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Rob Jackson

Brandon Jenkins is the odd man out there, losing out to Jackson in a battle that lasts all of July and August.

El-Bashir (5): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Rob Jackson and Brandon Jenkins.

Jenkins makes the 53. But just barely. It’s still too early to give up on the second year OLB. And besides, he’s finally 100-percent healthy.

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Inside linebacker

Tandler (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Akeem Jordan, Adam Hayward, Darryl Sharpton

Riley and Robinson will start and the rest will rotate in situationally and play special teams.

El-Bashir (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Akeem Jordan, Darryl Sharpton and Adam Hayward.

Riley and Robinson are your starters, Jordan and Sharpton are the backups and Hayward does his thing on special teams.


Tandler (5): DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, E. J. Biggers, Bashaud Breeland

Keep an eye on Richard Crawford, who will be almost a year removed from a serious knee injury when training camp starts. If he’s healthy, he has a shot at making it over Biggers.

El-Bashir (5): DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, E.J. Biggers and Bashaud Breeland.

Richard Crawford, who is attempting to come back from a bad knee injury, is a candidate to start the season on the PUP list. With the signing of Porter and arrival of Breeland, it’s to find a spot for Chase Minnifield.


Tandler (4): Ryan Clark, Brandon Meriweather, Phillip Thomas, Tanard Jackson

I’m still not 100 percent convinced that Jackson can come back after a two-year absence but if he buys in and plays special teams well he seems to be safe. A lack of enthusiasm for special teams got Bacarri Rambo in the doghouse last year and he will have a tough time getting out of it.

El-Bashir (4): Brandon Meriweather, Ryan Clark, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo.

Rambo had better show he can tackle. And help on special teams. Tanard Jackson, meantime, misses the cut by a narrow margin.


Tandler (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Robert Malone, PK Kai Forbath

I’m not sure if the player who will punt against the Texans is on the roster yet but Malone has it by default for now. They would like to keep Zach Hocker around as a kickoff specialist but it would squeeze both the 53-man roster and the 46-man game day active list too much.

El-Bashir (3): Nick Sundberg, Robert Malone and Kai Forbath.

Even though they spent a seventh round pick on Zach Hocker, I can’t put him on the roster until I see him perform under pressure. I also don’t see two kickers making the cut. So Forbath sticks around. Until further notice.