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As final cuts loom, how many Redskins are roster locks?

As final cuts loom, how many Redskins are roster locks?

The Redskins have the league maximum 75 players on their roster and we are just three days away from the final cuts being made. The final determination on some of the roster spots will come down to tomorrow’s fourth preseason game against the Jaguars. But the vast majority of the roster spots are already locked up.

Here are the players who are locks to make the final roster

Offense (22)

QB (2): Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

RB (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson

WR (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer

TE (2): Jordan Reed, Derek Carrier

OL (8): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Tom Compton

Defense (20)

DL (5): Jason Hatcher, Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Terrance Knighton

LB (7): Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight

DB (8): Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland, David Amerson, Dashon Goldson, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett, DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho

Bashaud Breeland is listed here even though he will not be on the initial 53-man roster as he will be serving a one-game drug suspension.

Specialists (3)

K Kai Forbath, P Tress Way, LS Nick Sundberg

That makes a total of 45 locks so eight jobs are up for grabs. A ninth player will make it but for only a week due to Breeland’s return from suspension in Week 2.

Who is in contention for those eight spots? I count 23 players who right now appear to have a legitimate chance of challenging for those jobs:

Offense (9): OL’s Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter, Takoby Cofield, Ty Nsekhe; TE’s Je’Ron Hamm, D.J. Williams; QB Robert Griffin III; RB Trey Williams; WR Rashad Ross

Defense (9): DL’s Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse; LBs Jackson Jeffcoat, Houston Bates, Terrance Plummer; DB’s Trenton Robinson, Akeem Davis, Deshazor Everett, Justin Rogers

I don’t think I need to explain the inclusion of Griffin on the bubble list. His future is very much up in the air for reasons familiar to all.

NFL teams usually keep 25 each on offense and defense and the three specialists. So it is likely that three of the offensive bubble players will land jobs and five on the defensive side.

So with 45 locks and 18 on the bubble that leaves 12 players whose chances of making the roster are very slim. That doesn’t mean there is no hope for them. An unanticipated great performance could open the door for one of them as could an injury to another player. And there is always hope that a solid performance on tape will catch the eye of another NFL team in need of a player.

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.

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Jordan Reed ruled out for Redskins vs. Cardinals; Vernon Davis set for start

Jordan Reed ruled out for Redskins vs. Cardinals; Vernon Davis set for start

After separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has officially been ruled out for the Redskins game in Arizona. 

Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Reed doesn't have sufficient range of motion to play against the Cardinals but remains hopeful he'll be healthy for the following game against the Eagles. Reed estimated that range was at about 30 percent Monday.

The decision to sit Reed against the Cardinals comes with little surprise. The 'Skins star tight end did not practice all week, even after having a few extra days to rest after the game last Thursday.

Playing without Reed is obviously a blow to the Washington offense, but No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis has been a strong development for Gruden's team this year. Thursday, Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said that while losing Reed is a blow to the unit, the team can run almost all of the same plays and sets with Davis that they can with Reed. 

"Fortunately you’re in a situation where you feel really good about your tight end in Vernon Davis where he’s playing at an extremely high level in both phases in the run and in the pass game," McVay said.

As good as Davis has been, he's not the dynamic threat Reed presents. In the second half against Dallas — while playing with the injured shoulder — Reed hauled in two touchdowns and played arguably the best football of his career.

On the season Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion.

Davis has played in all 11 games this season and has 31 catches for 450 yards and two TDs. 

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