The Redskins’ depth chart is beginning to take shape after some free agency gains and losses. Let’s take a look at where they stand on each side of the ball, starting with the offense.
Starters are listed first, reserves roughly in the order they would appear on a depth chart.
Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
Reserve: Colt McCoy
They will look to add one in the draft or perhaps as an undrafted free agent. When it comes down to cutting the roster to the final 53 the decision will be whether they should keep their developmental quarterback on the roster or if they should try to carry him on the practice squad.
Tackle: Morgan Moses, Trent Williams
Reserves: Ty Nsekhe, Takoby Cofield
Nsekhe was the primary backup last year, filling in for both Williams and Moses when dealt with injuries. Tom Compton, who mostly played as an extra tight end last year, has departed to join Kyle Shanahan with the Falcons. That could open the door for Cofield, who was on the practice squad all of last year, to step into a reserve role. They will need to bring in two or three more for OTAs and training camp.
Guard: Brandon Scherff, Spencer Long
Reserves: Arie Kouandjio, Shawn Lauvao
The question mark here is Lauvao, who is recovering from a Week 3 injury to his ankle. He’s almost certainly out for OTAs and his status for training camp and perhaps the start of the regular season are in doubt. They will need someone to fill in for him and a couple of others for the offseason.
Center: Kory Lichtensteiger
Reserves: Josh LeRibeus, Austin Reiter
Lichtensteiger started and finished the season at center with LeRibeus starting 11 games when Lichtensteiger was out with a neck injury. Reiter, a seventh-round pick last year, was on the practice squad most of the season. It would not be shocking to see any of the three starting this year.
Wide receiver: Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder
Reserves: Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross, Andre Roberts, LaRon Byrd
It seems likely that Roberts will get released at some point after he is cleared from the knee injury that landed him on injured reserve for the final six weeks of last season. They likely will to into OTAs with 10-12 receivers so they will probably sign a few more whether or not they draft one.
Tight end: Jordan Reed
Reserves: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Derek Carrier, Marcel Jensen
Carrier is likely to be sidelined into training camp after suffering a torn ACL in December. The Redskins could carry four tight ends on the 53-man roster since they are going to go without a fullback. They might add one more before OTAs.
Running back: Matt Jones
Reserves: Chris Thompson, Silas Redd, Mack Brown
The three top backs are coming off of injuries. Jones had a procedure to repair a hip problem, Thompson had shoulder surgery, and Redd tore his ACL in a preseason game last year. They will want to go into OTAs with six or seven running backs, perhaps more. They will almost certainly will either draft one or sign a veteran free agent to team with Jones and add a few more camp bodies.