Re-Visiting the Final 53-Man Roster For Your Washington Redskins

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Sameer Malla

After a LONG seven months from a meaningful football game (the Super Bowl), we are finally seeing the light at the end of a long offseason tunnel, as we are just days away from the opening day game between this Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks this Thursday.

Prior to the start of training camp, I made a list of all players that could make the 53-man roster after all cuts were made. I said in that same post that I would revisit my predictions, which is what I am going to do. At the end of this post, I will list the percentage I guessed correctly.

After Friday and Saturdays second-round of cuts (which you can see below), I made comments regarding most of those cuts on an r/NFL subreddit post as well:

My analysis of this weekend's group of cuts

Here's the link to the above comment:

Now, lets get started [Cue Black Eyed Peas Song] with a reexamination of my somewhat-accurate predictions:

Players in BOLD are additions to the team; players who have strikethrough have been cut from the team.

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

RGIII Heisman Pose against Ravens

No surprises here. With the inconsistencies of RGIII during the preseason and the wild (but incorrect) rumors that there is a QB controversy in the Nations Capital, a third QB was necessary.

Running Back (3): Alfred Morris (Starter); Roy Helu; Lache Seastrunk (Rookie) Silas Redd (Rookie)

Silas Redd Patriots Preseasson

AlMo and Helu weren’t going anywhere; the battle was for the last one/two slots at running back. The shocker was that undrafted rook and former USC Trojan Silas Redd made the team over fan-favorite Lache Seastrunk (who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft) and oft-injured but speedy Florida State Seminole Chris Thompson. The knock on Seastrunk was that he was raw, in terms of talent, and would often bounce runs to the outside instead of running between-the-tackles. Redd was the most consistent RB of the trio, which is why he made the team.

Fullback (1): Darrel Young (Starter)

The Redskins could not afford to lose this blocking fullback, as Young helps create those running lanes for AlMo, and is a decent pass-catcher, which would do well in John Jay Grudens style of offense.

Wide Receiver (6): Pierre Garcon (Starter); DeSean Jackson (Starter); Andre Roberts; Santana Moss; Ryan Grant (R); Aldrick Robinson; Leonard Hankerson (PUP)

Aldrick Robinson TD Celebration

I was almost right for this group of receivers. I correctly predicted that Hankerson would start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list (meaning, he would miss the first six weeks of the NFL season); but I thought that "All Drop" Robinson would be the odd-man out with a similar-build and new Redskin DeSean Jackson in the fold. But Robinson had a stand-out preseason, which is why he made the team.

Tight End (3): Jordan Reed (Starter); Logan Paulsen; Ted Bolser (R) Niles Paul

I incorrectly goofed that Bolser would beat out Niles Paul; I also forgot that Paul was a Special Teams Captain for the team. Unlike Robinson, Bolser was the odd man out in this tight end corps, and this seventh round draft pick of the 2014 Draft was cut on Saturday.

Left Tackle (1): Trent Williams (Starter)

Trent Williams

This Pro-Bowler and All-Pro left tackle is here to stay for years to come.

Left Guard (2): Shawn Lauvao (Starter); Spencer Long (R)

Lauvao is now known as the player that Ravens DT Haloti Ngata kicked in the Redskins-Ravens preseason game two weeks ago, but he is a decent guard for the team. Also, there was no way the Redskins were going to part away with third-round 2014 Draft pick Spencer Long.

Center (1): Kory Lichtensteiger (Starter)

This former guard-now-turned-center is now playing his natural position. Let us see if it will benefit the Redskins this season.

Right Guard (2): Mike McGlynn (Starter); Chris Chester (Starter); Josh LeRibus; Adam Gettis

Here is where I made my biggest mistake, at the other offensive guard position. I thought that Chester (and his hefty salary) would be cut, and was under the false belief that any free-agent player signed this offseason was guaranteed a spot on the team. Chris Chester is here to stay as the starter for the Redskins this season. Unfortunately, one of the newest Redskins (and former Colt) Mike McGlynn was one of the first cuts (released a week ago). Luckily for him, McGlynn found a new home with the Kansas City Chiefs a couple of days after the release.

It was a toss-up for me when predicting the third-string guard battle between Adam Gettis and Josh ReRibus, both 2012 Draft picks by the Shanahan crew. I guessed incorrectly here.

Right Tackle (3): Tyler Polumbus (Starter); Morgan Moses (R); Tom Compton

Another position where I was 100 percent accurate. Moses will have some growing pains as a rookie, and Compton is a capable backup.

Defensive End (5): Jason Hatcher (Starter); Jarvis Jenkins (Starter); Kedric Golston; Clifton Geathers; Frank Kearse; Stephen Bowen (PUP)

Jason Hatcher Sack

Jason Hatcher, making his Redskins debut, sacks Ravens QB Joe Flacco

I was nearly correct here. Bowen is not fully healthy, and will join Hankerson on the PUP list. The two surprises were Geathers and Kearse, who have played extremely well during training camp and in the four preseason games – both on defense and special teams.

Defensive Tackle (3 2): Barry Cofield (Starter); Chris Baker; Chris Neild (torn ACL, on IR)

Chris Neild

If I foresaw injuries, I would be near 100 percent accurate. In the fourth preseason game against the Buccaneers, Chris Neild, whose nickname, given by Washingon Times writer and ESPN Radio personality Thom Loverro, is the Pocono Punisher, suffered a supposed torn ACL and was placed on Injured Reserve, meaning that he will miss the entire season. It was unfortunate, as he might have made the team if not for that injury.

Left Outside Linebacker (3): Ryan Kerrigan (Starter); Trent Murphy (R); Adam Hayward

Ryan Kerrigan Browns Preseason

Kerrigan was a beast this preseason, especially against the Browns and Ravens. He accumulated three sacks in about three quarters of game-time in those two games, and will look to wreak havoc on the NFC East and other opponents this season.

Middle Linebacker (4): Perry Riley Jr. (Starter); Keenan Robinson (Starter); Akeem Jordan; Will Compton; Darryl Sharpton (On IR)

Will Compton

I found this to be a bit bizarre, that Sharpton was placed on IR on Saturday. I thought he would make the team as a veteran presence and one of two players (the other being Riley Jr.) who have starting MLB experience. He suffered an ankle injury recently, but I did not expect it to be season-ending.

Will Compton had an impressive Training Camp and Preseason, which is why he made the team over a guy like Sharpton.

Right Outside Linebacker (3 2): Brian Orakpo (Starter); Rob Jackson; Brandon Jenkins Gabe Miller

Gabe Miller Preseason Bucs

Like the Right Guard position, I thought Rob would make the team. Gabe Miller supplanted this Redskins fan-favorite with his outstanding play. Jenkins was one of the earliest cuts, as he had a lot of baggage (off-the-field problems).

Orakpo has had a slow preseason, but I hope he gets it going starting a week from now against the Houston Texans.

Cornerback (4 5): DeAngelo Hall (Starter); David Amerson (Starter); Tracy Porter; Bashaud Breeland (R); E.J. Biggers

You can never have enough cornerbacks, which is why veteran and ex-Buc Biggers made the team.

Strong Safety (2): Brandon Meriweather (starter); Bacarri Rambo

Brandon Meriweather Hit Torrey Smith Ravens Preseason

Rambo (I just love that name!) will replace hard-hitting Meriweather, who will miss the first two games of the season due to a suspension (illegal hit during the Ravens game). Hopefully, we will see Rambo 2.0, and not the 1.0 version that could not make a tackle last season.

Free Safety (2 3): Ryan Clark (Starter); Phillip Thomas Akeem Davis; Trenton Robinson

Akeem Davis Preseason

If I knew Thomas would have reoccurring foot problems (remember, he missed all of last season after undergoing Lisfranc surgery, and was set to meet Dr. Robert Anderson, which is never good news), I would have left him off the roster. To replace him will be the second Akeem on the team, as well as Trenton Robinson.

Punter (1): Robert Malone Tress Way

Tress Way Bears

I knew the punting battle was up-for-grabs, but I did not think that Malone would be cut a week before the first Redskins game, and that we would be starting a punter we signed just a handful of days ago. Hopefully, Tress Way is here to stay, as we have had a revolving door of punters over the past decade (Andy Groom, Derrick Frost, Durant Brooks, Sam Paulescu, Josh Bidwell, Hunter Smith, John Potter and most recently Sav Rocca).

Kicker (1): Zach Hocker (R) Kai Forbath

Zach Hocker Kai Forbath

I was so sure that Hocker would replace incumbent ‘Kobra’ Kai Forbath. Hocker would consistently have kickoffs reach the end zone, which was a problem with Forbath (most of his kicks would reach the 5-yard-line, which gave opponent a head-start and better field position). Unfortunately for Hocker, his field goals were slightly more inaccurate than with Forbath, which is why Kobra is re-joining us for another season.

Long-Snapper (1): Nick Sundberg

When predicting the 53-man roster, how could I forget the long-snapper? Whoops! There is no chance he leaves the Redskins, unless (knock on wood) he suffers an injury.

So, after all that, I have made 42 right predictions out of the 53 for the entire roster, and correctly guessing that Hankerson will start the season on the PUP list, as well as Clifton Geathers and Tom Compton making the team. That percentage is about 79 percent, about a C+.

Hopefully, the Redskins will not pull a C+ effort this season, and play more towards that elusive A+ grade starting a week from today!

You can follow me on Twitter/Instagram at @Skinsballr

next up:

Small Name, Big Impact: Defense

August 29, 2014

Some players I think will impress this season.


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