Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 25, two days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 205 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 47 days.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 16
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 25
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 40
Redskins roster projection—Defense
The Redskins strap it up and start the battle for roster spots in earnest in just three days. Some are locks, others are hoping to hang on. Here is my prediction of the roster will shake out along with players who are on the bubble. The defense is up here, the offense went up yesterday.
Players I have making the roster who are new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also in bold.
Defensive line (6)
Starters: Jonathan Allen, Terrell McClain, Joey Mbu (NT)
Backups: Stacy McGee, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood
Bubble: Phil Taylor, Matt Ioannidis, A. J. Francis
It appears everybody is getting on the Mbu train so I might as well jump on, at least for the time being. But this area is very much in flux. It would not be a surprise to see any of the bubble players make it.
Inside linebacker (4)
Starters: Will Compton, Zach Brown
Backups: Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight
Bubble: Zach Vigil, Chris Carter
This is another area where the coaches did not tip their hands during the offseason program. Any combination of Brown, Compton, and Foster could start. In fact, you can’t rule out a long shot move by Spaight to get some significant playing time. Should they keep a fifth for special teams, a door could open for Vigil or Carter.
Outside linebackers (4)
Starters: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Junior Galette
Bubble: Houston Bates
Trent Murphy is suspended for the first four games so a tough numbers decision is put off until Week 5. Bates is going to start camp on the PUP list but if he gets on the field quickly and Galette falters, he could steal a roster spot.
Starters: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Josh Holsey
Bubble: Fabian Moreau, Dashawn Phillips
Moreau is only on the bubble because he is likely to start camp on the NFI list (non-football injury). The third-round pick will be on the 53 eventually but perhaps not until midseason as he continues to rehab a torn pectoral muscle. That could open the door for Holsey, a seventh-round pick. Even if Moreau is healthy for Week 1, Holsey or Phillips could be kept as the sixth cornerback.
Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Su’a Cravens
Backups: DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Montae Nicholson
Bubble: Josh Evans
Evans could get a spot if they decide that Nicholson, a fourth-round pick who is athletic but raw, isn’t ready yet. Everett is likely to be a lock because of his special teams play but an injury at this position or at cornerback could push him off the 53
LS Nick Sundberg, K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way
With no challengers, there is no bubble here. Both Way and Hopkins need to bounce back from substandard 2016 performances.
Defensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, total of eight new to the organization.
Full roster breakdown: 25 offense, 25 defense, three specialists. Eight rookies, total of 13 players new to the Redskins.
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