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The 53: The numbers game on offense

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The 53: The numbers game on offense

Over the past week weve gone through the Redskins offense position by position and Ive given you my prediction on who will make the team and who will be joining the ranks of the nations unemployed when the final cuts take place on Sept. 1. Before moving on to the defense, lets take a quick look back at the offense to tie up a few loose ends. Well start The 53 on defense on Friday with the line.I had the positions break down like thisfour running backs, three tight ends, six wide receivers, three quarterbacks, and nine offensive linemen for a total of 25 offensive players. Most of the time an NFL 53-man roster will have 25 of offense, 25 on defense and three specialists and those are the guidelines I used in putting this together.Thats usually the way it is but there is no rule that says it has to be that way. A 2624 split is unusual but not unheard of.I have both tight end Logan Paulsen and rookie running back Alfred Morris on the outside looking in right now. But it is likely that the Redskins want to hold on to at least one of them. If they dont want to part with another running back or tight end to do so they could have them compete for a 26th offensive roster spot and shave back on defensive spot.The Redskins also could open up a roster spot by going with two quarterbacks or with five wide receivers. Mike Shanahan had as few as four receivers on his roster when he was with the Broncos and two quarterbacks have been the norm form him over the years. But the four-wideout rosters were before teams started to routinely line up four and five WRs on one play. And it is difficult to see Shanahan going with just rookies Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins at quarterback for the season. Rex Grossman almost certainly will be kept around.So the more likely route for Morris and Paulsen to make the 53 is to knock off someone at their own positions. Could Paulsens superior blocking ability knock out either Chris Cooley or Niles Paul? Might the Redskins opt for Morris over Evan Royster if the former can back up at fullback?Since I wrote the article with the offensive line predictions my doubts about who will make it have grown. Until seeing them in pads in training camp for a week or so I think that anyone besides the five starters is vulnerable.Running backsIn (4): Roy Helu Jr., Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, Darrell Young
Out: Tristan Davis, Alfred Morris, Antwon Bailey, Lennon CreerTight endsIn (3): Fred Davis, Niles Paul, Chris Cooley
Out: Logan Paulsen, Richard Quinn, Beau RelifordWide receiversIn (6): Anthony Armstrong, Pierre Garon, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson
Out: Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin, Darius Hanks, Brian Hernandez, Lance Lewis, Samuel KirklandQuarterbacksIn (3): Robert Griffin III, Rex Grossman, Kirk Cousins
Out: Jonathan CromptonOffensive lineIn (9): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown, Willie Smith, Tyler Polumbus, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton
Out: Erik Cook, Grant Garner, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt, Nevin McCaskill, James Lee, Nick Martinez

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Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

During a chat on the #RedskinsTalk podcast last month, Washington's running back coach Randy Jordan clued in CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay about the way he teaches his players and the things he wants to see from them.

Now, though, thanks to an exclusive Redskins Nation video, you have a chance to truly watch and listen to how Jordan and his students approach their on-field work.

In this all-access Mic'd Up segment (which was filmed at minicamp and which you can watch in the player above), you'll see the assistant encourage Samaje Perine, correct Matt Jones and compliment Rob Kelley. You'll also hear every grunt, bump and cut, an important ingredient that these types of packages must have.

It's clear from the footage that Jordan cares about the details. Now, don't blow this assignment, and go check out the video above.

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Special thanks to Redskins Nation for the video.

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

Three weeks from right now, Kirk Cousins will either have a new long-term deal or he will be playing on the tag. Which will it be?

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