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Redskins roster breakdown: Going into stretch run, roster still churning

Redskins roster breakdown: Going into stretch run, roster still churning

The Redskins are heading into the stretch run and are in first place in the NFC East. As the injuries have mounted it sometimes it seems like this team is held together with duct tape and chewing gum.

Here’s a look at the 53-man roster (actually at the moment it’s 52 players with one opening pending) followed by some roster stats that will interest you.

Starters in bold.

Quarterback (3): Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III

Last year the depth chart seemed to change on a weekly basis with injuries and ineffective performances forcing Jay Gruden to shuffle the deck. In 2014 it has not changed a bit as Cousins has taken firm control.

Running backs (5): Alfred Morris, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Pierre Thomas FB Darrel Young

None of them are playing well except in flashes here and there. Sometimes it’s the blocking, sometimes it’s them. But it’s been a disappointing group.

Wide receivers (5): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder (slot receiver), Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross

The move to place Andre Roberts on injured reserve doesn’t have much of an effect on the group as he was often a healthy inactive and wasn’t very productive when he was in (11 receptions).

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Alex Smith, Je’Ron Hamm

Smith was signed last week and immediately moved ahead of Hamm on the depth chart; Smith played 16 snaps against the Bills while Hamm was inactive.

Offensive line (9): LT Trent Williams, LG Spencer Long, C Josh LeRibeus, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses, G Arie Kouandjio, T Ty Nsekhe, T Tom Compton, C Brian De La Puente

Center Kory Lichtensteiger is eligible to start practicing this week and he could be activated if the Redskins reach the playoffs. With LeRibeus not exactly lighting it up in the middle of the line it seems likely that Lichtensteiger will go back to his starting job when he is ready.

Related: Bye week Redskins roster breakdown

Defensive line (6): Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Frank Kearse, Kedric Golston

Free agent disappointment Stephen Paea was put on injured reserve with a toe injury. Nobody was added; Kearse will simply go from being inactive every week to being active.

Linebackers (9): OLBs Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Houston Bates; ILBs Perry Riley (injured, foot), Will Compton, Keenan Robinson, Mason Foster, Carlos Fields

Compton has supplanted Robinson as the starter at Mike linebacker, a move that was prompted by both performance and nagging injuries to Robinson. Riley will be out at least another week with a broken bone in his foot but Foster has played well in his place.

Defensive backs (9): CBs Bashaud Breeland, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Quinton Dunbar, Dashaun Phillips; Safeties Dashon Goldson, DeAngelo Hall, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett

If anyone had told you at the beginning of the year that Quinton Dunbar would be lining up against the likes of Beckham, Bryand, and Watkins during critical late season games you would not have believed them. But Dunbar has done that and has held his own pretty well.

Specialists (3): K Dustin Hopkins, LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way

Hopkins replaced Kai Forbath in Week 2 and the Redskins haven’t looked back.

Breakdown: 24 defense, 25 offense, 3 specialists

Roster changes since the bye week (15 total transactions):

Moves off the roster (8): WR Andre Roberts (IR), TE Derek Carrier (IR), TE Anthony McCoy (waived), C Kory Lichtensteiger (IR-return), DL Stephen Paea (IR), OLB Jackson Jeffcoat (waived-injured), CB Chris Culliver (IR), S Trenton Robinson (waived-injured)

Additions to roster (7): RB Thomas, TE Smith, TE Hamm, C De La Puente, OLB Bates, ILB Fields, CB Phillips

Others added to 53-man roster after season opener and prior to the bye (5):

ILB Foster, CB Blackmon, CB Dunbar, CB Phillips, CB Everett

 

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Former Redskin, Bronco David Bruton announces retirement from NFL

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Former Redskin, Bronco David Bruton announces retirement from NFL

Redskins fans may not remember David Bruton from his brief tenure in Washington. The safety and special teamer barely played in his single season with the Redskins in 2016 due to a concussion suffered in early October. He was placed on injured reserve and later released.

He couldn't have known it at the time, but that injury would be the end of his career. Bruton, who played seven seasons in Denver prior to arriving in D.C., announced his retirement Monday. 

Suffering six concussions in eight years in the NFL contributed to the decision. 

MORE REDSKINS: Hall on PUP list to open training camp, per report

“I’m burnt-out, definitely worry about my health," Bruton said, via ESPN. “Another season was cut short by a concussion [in 2016] – that’s six."

"I’m a guy who likes to use his brain. Especially back in school, I need as many brain cells as possible with all these science classes. It came down to health, and I’ve definitely had my time in the league. I’m ready to move on."

He also shared the announcement on his Instagram account. 

As for what's next, the Notre Dame graduate is pursuing a career in physical therapy. He has already returned to school at the University of Colorado-Denver. 

Bruton also has plans to work alongside training staff when Broncos training camp opens on Thursday.

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Redskins veteran DeAngelo Hall will begin training camp on PUP list, per report

Redskins veteran DeAngelo Hall will begin training camp on PUP list, per report

With Redskins training camp less than a week away, a new report indicates veteran safety DeAngelo Hall won't be on hand for the start.

Instead, he will enter camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to ESPN's John Keim. The same is true of linebacker Houston Bates. 

Both Bates and Hall are working their way back from torn ACLs. Hall suffered his ACL tear in September, while Bates was injured in December.

MORE REDSKINS: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, offense

It's possible other players will be added to the PUP list following team physicals scheduled for Wednesday. 

Hall, who will be 34 years old in November, restructured his contract to take a pay cut this offseason. He's valuable as a veteran leader on defense, especially in the secondary where neither of the projected starting safeties – Su'a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger – played the position for the Redskins last season.