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53-man roster final prediction

53-man roster final prediction

Cuts are coming soon; here is my final stab at who will make the Washington Redskins final 53-man roster

Quarterback (3): Campbell, Collins, Brennan—This has been set for a while.

Running back (4): Portis, Betts, Cartwright, Mason—At his Friday press conference, Zorn was noncommittal about Mason making it so he's still on the bubble to an extent.

Wide receiver (6) Moss, Randle El, Thrash, Kelly, Thomas and McMullen—In June, if you'd told anyone that Billy McMullen would be on the final roster you would have been laughed at. Now, given the injuries to Kelly and Mix and the long learning curve of Thomas, McMullen is the #4 receiver. I don't see Kelly going on IR as some have speculated. One receiver is likely to be inactive on game day anyway so you might as well see if Kelly can heal and contribute later in the season.

Tight end (3): Cooley, Davis, Yoder

Fullback (1): Sellers

Offensive line (9): Samuels, Kendall, Rabach, Thomas, Jansen, Fabini, Heyer, Reinhardt, and Geisinger—In a change from my last prediction, I'm cutting Andrew Crummey and keeping Geisinger. I think he's shown that he's someone who can step right now as needed. Crummey can gain some seasoning on the practice squad.

Defensive line (9): Taylor, Carter, Griffin, Evans, James, Golston, Montgomery, Alexander, Wilson—I think that of all the players who were on their final chances last night, Wilson came through as well as any of them. Since there only are six linebackers worth keeping, they can add him as a ninth D-lineman.

Linebackers (6): Fletcher, Washington McIntosh, Blades, K. Campbell, Fincher—Fincher was very active last night and in my eyes he earned a roster spot.

Corners (5): Springs, Rogers, Smoot, Tryon, Torrence—I discussed the Tryon situation here. I'm still not buying that Richardson will beat him out. If there is concern here, a veteran waiver wire pickup is more likely to take Tryon's place than is Richardson.

Safeties (4): Landry, Doughty, Horton, and Moore—It's possible that Justin Hamilton will sneak on to the roster if they decide to cut or trade Mason or shelve Kelly.

Specialists (3): Albright, Brooks, Suisham—I have absolutely no conviction about Brooks making it as the punter. He didn't exactly blow Derrick Frost right out of the water and the word is that Suisham prefers Frost as his holder.

 

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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