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Examining the big picture—the Redskins' 90-man, pre-camp depth chart

Examining the big picture—the Redskins' 90-man, pre-camp depth chart

The Redskins have started their seven-week break before starting up training camp in Richmond on July 30, five weeks from today. Tarik and I are in the process of parsing the Redskins position by position to see where things stand before they head down I-95. That's the micro picture; I figured it might be a good idea to look at the macro, the team's entire depth chart as it currently stands.

The team has 43 offensive players, 43 defensive players and four specialists for a total of the offseason limit of 90. They will have to release 37 players by Sept. 5.

Players in bold are starters. The players below the dotted line are undrafted players and other long shots. Those players are listed in no particular order.

This chart is based on my best evaluation as of right now. If you have a different opinion as to how they should be stacked up, please let me know in the comments.

Offense (43)

Tackle (8)
Trent Williams
Brandon Scherff

Tom Compton
Morgan Moses
Willie Smith
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Bryce Quigley
Takoby Cofield
Ty Nsekhe

Guard (4)
Spencer Long
Shawn Lauvao

Josh LeRibeus
Arie Kouandjio

Center (3)
Kory Lichtensteiger
Austin Reiter
Tyler Larsen

Wide receiver (11)
Pierre Garçon
DeSean Jackson

Andre Roberts
Ryan Grant
Jamison Crowder
Evan Spencer
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Colin Lockett
Rashad Ross
Reggie Bell
Tony Jones
Quinton Dunbar

Tight End (6)
Jordan Reed

Niles Paul
Loan Paulsen
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Chase Dixon
Je’Ron Hamm
Devin Mahina

Quarterback (3)
Robert Griffin III
Kirk Cousins
Colt McCoy

Running back (8)
Alfred Morris
Darrel Young (FB)
Matt Jones
Chris Thompson
Silas Redd
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Michael Hill
Trey Williams
Jordan Campbell (FB)

Defense (43)

End (8)
Jason Hatcher
Stephen Paea
Chris Baker
Ricky Jean Francois
Frank Kearse
Kedric Golston
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Robert Thomas
Corey Crawford

Nose tackle (3)
Terrance Knighton
Jerrell Powe
Travian Robertson

Outside linebacker (6)
Ryan Kerrigan
Trent Murphy
Preston Smith
Trevardo Williams
Jackson Jeffcoat
Houston Bates

Inside linebacker (10)
Keenan Robinson
Perry Riley

Will Compton
Adam Hayward
Martrell Spaight
Alonzo Highsmith
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Dayshawn Davis
Ja’Gared Davis
Terrance Plummer
Dasman MacCallum

Cornerback (8)
Chris Culliver
Bashaud Breeland
David Amerson
DeAngelo Hall
Tevin Mitchel
Justin Rogers
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Trey Wolfe
Tajh Hasson

Safety (8)
Dashon Goldson
Duke Ihenacho
Jeron Johnson
Trenton Robinson
Kyshoen Jarrett
Akeem Davis
Phillip Thomas
Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith

Specialists (4)

Kicker (2)
Kai Forbath
Ty Long

Punter (1)
Tress Way

Long snapper (1)
Nick Sundberg

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back

For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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