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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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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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Josh Doctson's short tweet delivers good news for Redskins

Josh Doctson's short tweet delivers good news for Redskins

Josh Doctson’s tweet left 136 characters on the table but he didn’t need any more to deliver some good news to Redskins fans.

The wide receiver was the Redskins’ top pick in the 2016 draft. At 6-2 and an ability to high point the ball he repeatedly demonstrated at TCU, it was hoped he would add a different dimension to the Redskins’ fast but relatively short receiving corps.

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But it didn’t happen. An Achilles tendon injury flared up during preseason activities and he was very limited in OTAs. He was on the PUP list during training camp and the preseason games. Doctson was on the 53-man roster to start the season but after 31 snaps and one reception in two games he was shut down for the season.

Jay Gruden was apparently frustrated by the injury and throughout the season he wasn’t sure when Doctson would be ready.

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But last month via social media Docston sent out some pictures of him doing some strenuous work at Redskins Park. It appears that he was in Tampa today working with Jon Gruden and some other Redskins. The tweet from Doctson came a short time after this picture from one of Terrelle Pryor’s social media accounts was posted.

It should be noted that doing work in shorts a T-shirts does not equal being effective in an NFL regular season game. But it’s a good first step and considering Doctson barely took any steps last year that’s a good development.

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