Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 19, one day before Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.
Five players who have become roster locks
Before OTAs started in late May, I did a post on the players I thought were roster locks. I came up with 41 of them. Let’s reexamine that list and look at five players who were on the bubble in May who are now locks to make the 53:
QB Kirk Cousins—I thought that he might be traded and that the Redskins might go with two quarterbacks. But unless they get an expected offer that they can’t refuse I expect Cousins, Colt McCoy, and Robert Griffin III to all be on the Week 1 roster. Cousins is having a pretty good camp and was excellent against the Browns.
CB DeAngelo Hall—I was skeptical that he would be on the field for the start of camp after tearing his Achilles twice last season. But he was there in Richmond and Jay Gruden said that he was in line to be the starter at cornerback opposite Chris Culliver. He has had a couple of nagging injuries in camp but nothing that will cost him his roster spot.
RB Chris Thompson—He was about 75 percent of the way to being a lock when Silas Redd injured his knee and landed on injured reserve. With his main competition for a roster spot gone, Thompson attained lock status. There haven’t been any injury concerns so far; he hasn’t missed so much as a snap. As long as it stays that way, he will make the 53.
S Duke Ihenacho—He wasn’t really on anyone’s radar to become a starter until he started sharing first-team reps with Jeron Johnson during OTAs. With Johnson sidelined with a hamstring injury, Ihenacho has put a stranglehold on the position. While Johnson could still end up with the starting job, Ihenacho will be around in either case.
OT Tom Compton—With Brandon Scherff moving to guard, a spot for a tackle opened up. Then when Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were injured they needed someone who could fill in as a blocking tight end. Both of those developments pushed Compton off of the bubble and into lock status.
So how many locks are there now and how many roster spots are up for grabs? We started with 41. Paul comes off of the list due to his season ending ankle injury. Junior Galette, who signed just at the start of camp, is a lock. Add these five to the locks and there are now 46. That leaves seven roster spots up for grabs.
Who do you think gets them?
—Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, closed to the media
—It’s been 234 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 25 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason Lions @ Redskins 1; final cuts 17; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 36
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