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Post-draft Redskins depth chart review--Offense

Post-draft Redskins depth chart review--Offense

Here is a look at how the Redskins’ depth chart stacks up after last week’s NFL draft. Today we examine the offense; we’ll survey the defensive side of the ball later in the week.

(Note: Since undrafted free agent signings have not been announced by the team they will not be included in this post.)


Starter: Robert Griffin III
Reserves: Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

The only question here is if they keep two or three quarterbacks. If it’s two, McCoy is out.

Wide receiver

Starters: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson
Reserves: Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Ryan Grant, Nick Williams

Besides Roberts, the backups here are very much in flux. It would not be shocking to see any of them make the 53 and it would not be all that surprising to see any of them get cut. The team will almost certainly sign a few college and/or veteran free agents here for OTAs and training camp.

Tight end

Starter: Jordan Reed
Reserves: Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Ted Bolser

They kept four tight ends last year. Paul’s special teams prowess made it an easy decision. Bolser will have to fight his way onto the roster the same way.

Running back

Starters: Alfred Morris, Darrel Young
Reserves: Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, Lache Seastrunk

This will be an interesting situation. Morris is the clear starter but Gruden prefers a quicker, faster running back. Helu, Thompson, and Seastrunk all fit that description to one degree or another. There could be a competition for both roster spots and perhaps the starting job that goes in to 2015.

Offensive line

Starters: Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus
Reserves: Tom Compton, Morgan Moses, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus, Maurice Hurt, Spencer Long, Kevin Kowalski, Tevita Stevens

The only reserve tackles here are Compton and Moses; they might shed some inside reserves to pick up more at tackle. Besides Williams and probably Lauvao the starting jobs are up for grabs. The only reserves who seem to be assured of a roster spot are Long, Moses and McGlynn. Training camp should be fun for fans of offensive line play.

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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 


Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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