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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection, offense

Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 18, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 29
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 53
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 84

Redskins roster projection—offense

The Redskins are done with their offseason program and are headed into a six-week break prior to training camp. A lot will be sorted out in Richmond but it’s not too early to project what the 53-man roster will look like when the final cuts are made on September 2.

Here is a look at the offense; we'll look at the defense here tomorrow. Changes are from the last projection prior to OTAs.

Players new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also underlined.

Quarterback (3)

Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld

Nothing is changing here. Sudfeld is progressing, albeit slowly. McCoy is the man Gruden trusts as his backup. And Cousins is the $24 million starter. All in Sharpie.  

Running backs (3)

Starter: Rob Kelley
Backups: Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson

After skipping OTAs, Matt Jones did show up at minicamp, saving himself the $80,000 he would have been fined for missing it. That didn’t change his status as the fifth-string running back. One day during minicamp he was on a knee drinking water while others were doing special teams drills. Even if there is an issue with the top three backs, Mack Brown, not Jones, would be the next man up. If they decide to go with three tight ends, Brown gets the fourth job here.  

Wide receivers (6)

Starters: Josh Doctson, Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Backups: Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, Robert Davis

Change: Grant in, Brian Quick out

Quick did not impress anyone during the offseason program, opening the door for Grant to return for a fourth season. It’s another year for a receiver who does everything but catch passes. If Quick does make it, it will be at the expense of Davis’ spot, not Grant’s. Davis has been a little slow to catch on but he likely will make enough progress to be the sixth receiver, who usually is inactive on game days.   

Tight ends (4)

Starter: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle

They have only kept three tight ends the last few years but carrying four is not unprecedented. In 2013, they drafted Reed and added him to the group that already had Paul, Logan Paulsen, and Fred Davis. Sprinkle has been slow to develop in minicamp and he will have to show progress in Richmond to make the roster.

Offensive line (9)

Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses
Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Arie Kouandjio, Chase Roullier, John Kling

Change: Kling in, Vinston Painter out

The starters are in Sharpie. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Redskins picked up a veteran center to back up long while sixth-round rookie develops on the practice squad. I have Kling edging out Painter for the other backup tackle job.

Last three on: Sprinkle, Kling, Roullier

Last three cut: RB Keith Marshall, Brown, TE Derek Carrier

Offensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of five new to the Redskins.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Report: Odell Beckham could miss regular season games after preseason hit

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Report: Odell Beckham could miss regular season games after preseason hit

Odell Beckham Jr. took a hard hit to the leg in Monday night's preseason game against the Browns. Immediately following the play, it seemed Beckham might have sustained a serious knee or lower leg injury, especially as the wide receiver collapsed in pain walking to the locker room

Reports came out that showed Beckham merely sustained an ankle sprain and that X-rays and an MRI revealed no major problems. On Wednesday, however, ESPN reported that the Giants wideout could miss regular season games with the ankle issue. 

From ESPN.com:

It's "not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season," according to one source.

The Giants open their season on September 10th against the Cowboys in Dallas, a key NFC East battle. 

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Arguably the most explosive receiver in the NFL, losing Beckham, even for just one game, would be a big blow for Big Blue. New York's offense hasn't scored a touchdown yet this preseason, and Eli Manning and company did not have a particularly good year in 2016 either.

The Giants offense ranked 26th in the NFL in scoring at just 19.4 points-per-game. The Redskins, even with their red zone struggles, ranked 12th at 24.8 PPG.

Despite the Giants offensive struggles, Beckham still produced in 2016. He posted 101 catches for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns over 16 games. It marked the first year of his three season career he was able to suit up for all 16 games.

This offseason, the Giants brass tried to make the offense better, adding veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and taking tight end Evan Engram in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Offensive line remains a significant concern for New York, especially with the 36-year-old Manning behind center. 

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Breaking down injuries on O-line, Reed's return

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Breaking down injuries on O-line, Reed's return

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler talk Spencer Long's injury and the implications for the offensive line, plus talking Jordan Reed. Listen below now!

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