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Redskins roster by the numbers: offense

Redskins roster by the numbers: offense

The Redskins currently have 75 players on their roster. They are about to add some more in the draft and as undrafted free agents. Let’s break down the numbers by position and see where they will need to add players to get to where they want to be going into training camp. Today we’ll look at the numbers on offense.


Have: 4
Need: 6

The starters are set in Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao, although the latter may face some competition. The only proven backup is Arie Kouandjio. They likely will add a guard somewhere in the middle rounds of the draft.


Have: 7
Need: 7

The top three are set with Morgan Moses, Trent Williams, and Ty Nsekhe. The 6-8, 320-lb. John Kling is an interesting prospect as a backup. If they add a tackle in the draft or as an undrafted free agent Kevin Bowen or Ian Williams could be out.


Have: 1
Need: 3

Kory Lichtensteiger has retired and there is not an obvious candidate at guard to cross train as Spencer Long’s backup. They need at least one player to snap for the second and third team reps.

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Tight end

Have: 5
Need: 6

I wouldn’t be surprised if they added a tight end in the draft and one or two more out of the undrafted pool. They aren’t going to want to have Jordan Reed or Vernon Davis go too hard in training camp and Paul is coming off of shoulder surgery.

Wide receiver

Have: 9
Need: 12

Fans often wonder why teams keep a dozen or so receivers for training camp. It’s because they have three quarterbacks who need to throw passes, a lot of seven-on-seven drills to run, and three units to run team drills with 3-4 receivers each. They will keep 5-6 so having two for each one they are going to keep is reasonable.


Have: 3
Need: 3

Teams used to take four quarterbacks to camp routinely. But since they have killed off two-a-day practices there really isn’t the need. A quarterback’s arm isn’t going to get tired in a practice that lasts just a couple of hours. A fourth could be added if the Redskins draft a quarterback to challenge Sudfeld.

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Running back

Have: 5
Need: 8

They could go with seven here if they have, say, an additional quarterback. Running backs tend to get banged up in practice and you want to have a lot of them to run into preseason games.

Total offensive players under contract: 34
Total needed for camp: 45

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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Need to Know: The five Redskins under the most pressure entering camp

Need to Know: The five Redskins under the most pressure entering camp

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 21, six days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 201 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 51 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 20
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 29
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 43

Five Redskins who are under pressure going into training camp

QB Kirk Cousins–Going first with the most obvious. He’s under pressure to get this team back to the playoffs. Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine will help the running game and perhaps the defense will improve. But this team still will rise and fall by scoring points through the air. From his point of view, he’s on a one-year deal. If he is going to get a record long-term deal next year–or get the Redskins to cough up $35 million on the franchise tag–he’s going to need to play well.

WR Terrelle Pryor–He also is in the one-year contract situation so he needs to impress all 32 teams to drive up his value. He’s also being counted on to replace the 1,000-yard production of either Pierre Garçon or DeSean Jackson. Or maybe both. That’s a lot to put on the plate of a player in just his second full-time year at his position.

CB Josh Norman–Cousins has the highest 2017 salari on the team but Norman has the biggest contract on the team and he didn’t have the impact to match it last year. It’s not that he had a bad year but it’s reasonable to expect more interceptions and fewer penalties. It’s fair to give him a pass with it being his first year in the system. However, the Redskins have a window to release him without a debilitating cap hit after this season and if the value isn’t there you can’t rule out them pulling the trigger.

S Su’a Cravens–Everyone knows that Cravens is perhaps a step slow for a safety. He needs to make up for it with anticipation, which means paying attention to all the details in practice and doing a lot of extra film study. There is no questioning his work ethic but it’s a lot to absorb in a hurry.

OLB Preston Smith–When he is on, few are better. When he’s off, he can disappear for games on end. Consistency is the key for Smith this year. If he catches on and starts playing at his best all the time, he may be in line for a lucrative contract extension next offseason. If he falters, Trent Murphy, Junior Galette, and Ryan Anderson all will be waiting to lay claim to his snaps.

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Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually. 

Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes. 

But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.


"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."

When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.

"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."

Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill. 

But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.

"It's always accurate," he said.