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Way too early 2014 Redskins 53-man roster projection

Way too early 2014 Redskins 53-man roster projection

Here in what will become an annual Monday after the draft tradition (unless everyone hates it, in which case I won’t do it again) here is my way too early projection of the Redskins’ final 53-man roster.

Starters in bold

Offense

Quarterback (2): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins

—I wouldn’t rule out a training camp trade of Cousins to a team that suffers an injury to its QB but in any case it will be either Cousins or Colt McCoy on the roster, not both.

Offensive line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Spencer Long

—Moses may not be able to beat out Tyler Polumbus by the time the season starts; if he can’t, Compton is probably gone.

Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Ryan Grant

—Hankerson’s status is iffy due to his ACL injury; starting out the year on the PUP list is not out of the question for the fourth-year receiver. That could open the door for Aldrick Robinson to make the 53 or perhaps, if he has a strong offseason and training camp, David Gettis.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul

—Seventh-round pick Ted Bolser has a shot but he’s going to have to be very, very good on special teams to justify a fourth tight end.

Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Lache Seastrunk

—Chris Thompson will have to make a very strong case and stay healthy if he’s going to make a run at a roster spot.

Defense

Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Chris Baker, Barry Cofield, Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Kedric Golston, Clifton Geathers

—The Redskins didn’t add anyone in the draft so the status quo reigns here. With Baker and Geathers both able to back up Cofield at nose tackle it doesn’t look like there’s a spot for Chris Neild.

Outside linebacker (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Rob Jackson

—Last year they were saying that fifth-round pick Brandon Jenkins would have been a first-round pick if he was healthy for his senior year but he could barely get on the field last year even on special teams. He could fall victim to being one of “their” draft picks.

Inside linebacker (5): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Akeem Jordan, Adam Hayward, Darryl Sharpton

—The team would very much like to have Robinson take over London Fletcher’s job in the middle. It might end up being handled by committee and that and special teams are why five inside linebackers should stick.

Cornerback (5): DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Tracy Porter, Richard Crawford, Bashaud Breeland

—This would push E. J. Biggers and Chase Minnifield off of the 53. This is dependent on Crawford being healthy and being designated as the punt returner.

Safety (4): Ryan Clark, Phillip Thomas, Brandon Meriweather, Jose Gumbs

—It may be too early to move Thomas into the starting role but if it doesn’t happen by the time the Sept. 7 opener rolls by it should happen at some point during the season. Rambo gets caught in a numbers game with Gumbs staying around because he’ll play special teams.

Specialists (4): LS Nick Sundberg, P Robert Malone, PK Kai Forbath, KO Zach Hocker

—I’m not sure if the punter is on the roster yet but Malone has it by default for now. I think that Hocker sticks around as a kickoff specialist at the outset of the seasons assuming that the team is mostly healthy. If injuries squeeze the 53-man roster as the season goes on they may have to choose between the two.

Counts:

  • Offense—24
  • Defense—25
  • Specialists—4

New to organization since last year: 19 (8 offense, 9 defense, 2 specialists) (7 draft picks, 12 free agents)

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As their power running game vanishing, mirrored their prospects for winning the game.

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State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-5-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 4-4
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Home: 4-2
Away: 2-3-1

Rankings and changes from Week 13

Offense (yards/game): 418.6 (2nd, no change from Week 13)
Defense (yards/game): 369.6 (23rd, +2)
Points for: 303 (10th, -1)
Points against: 295 (20th, -2)

Passer rating offense:  99.8 (8th, -2)
Opp passer rating: 95.0 (22nd, -3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (5th, no change)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th, +2)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 9.8% (10th, no change)
Playoff chances per FO: 41.5%, -14.1% from last week

Trending the right way: Not much, really. Their ranking in rushing defense improved a couple of notches but mostly because other teams got worse, not because the Redskins put the clamps down on the rushing game.

Trending the wrong way: For the first time in a few weeks the Redskins’ playoff chances are below 50 percent. Two straight losses will do that.  

Top three storylines:

Letting them have it—Jay Gruden is usually supportive of his team after a loss but that was not the case following the Cardinals game. He could be heard speaking to the team in angry tones in the locker room following the loss. We will see if this rare tirade jump-starts the Redskins’ stretch run.

Dealing with injury issues—Not only do the Redskins have to be concerned about the condition of Jordan Reed, whose status is unclear as he rehabs from a shoulder injury he suffered on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, their starting center is in the concussion protocol. If Spencer Long can’t go the Redskins may have to add a center to back up John Sullivan.

Help wanted—The Redskins need other teams to lose if they want to make the playoffs. They need a little help if they win out to finish 10-5-1; they need more help if they finish at 9-6-1. Scoreboard watching starts at 4:25 on Sunday when the Bucs, a half-game ahead of Washington, host the Saints and continues on Sunday night football with the Cowboys at the Giants.

Next three games

Sunday @ Eagles (5-7)—The Redskins handled them well in October; the final score did not indicate how Washington dominated the game. The Eagles look more like a rebuilding team than a playoff contender and the Redskins could elimate them for all practical purposes

December 19 vs. Panthers (4-8)—The season of the defending NFC champs officially came off the rails on Sunday night when Cam Newton started the game on the bench because he didn’t wear a tie and he ended it looking at the wrong end of a 40-7 beatdown by the Seahawks. Still, the Redskins have never beaten Newton so this is not one that will come easily.

Christmas Eve vs. Bears (3-9)—There is no such thing as an easy game in the NFL but if the Redskins can’t manage to win this one they don’t deserve to make the playoffs.