October 16, 2019

About Justin Byram

Justin Byram is the Washington Redskins Page Editor for District Sports Page. Justin started writing about the Redskins with the Maryland Sports Blog and currently contributes to Hogs Haven, Son of Washington, and Pro Player Insiders. You can email him at JustinByramWriting@yahoo.com and follow him on twitter @Justin_Byram.

Washington Redskins 53-man Roster Analysis

The Washington Redskins trimmed their roster down to 53 players before today’s 4 p.m. deadline. Here’s everything you need to know about the players who made and did not make the cut:

One of the most debated cuts was the running back position, where the Redskins made a somewhat surprising move by keeping on three running backs and a fullback in Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, and Silas Redd. Ultimately Chris Thompson couldn’t stay healthy long enough to make an impact leading to his release and Lache Seastrunk proved to be too raw of a prospect for the 53-man roster. I’m actually a big fan of this move, I think it was clear from the pre-season that Redd is the most game-ready back out of the four on the bubble (Redd, Thompson, Seastrunk, Royster) and could be the teams best pass blocker. In addition to his role on offense, it was Redd’s special teams contributions that probably punched his ticket onto the 53-man roster.

The other “surprise” cut was Phillip Thomas. The second-year safety was in the same boat as Chris Thompson — he couldn’t stay on the field long enough to show his potential. Thomas has practice squad eligibility, and will likely end up there if he clears waivers.

As most expected the Redskins kept all three quarterbacks on the final roster. With Griffin’s durability concerns this was both a smart and not surprising move.

The Redskins kept nine offensive lineman, including two backups each at the guard and tackle positions. The one concern I have with this area is the lack of depth at center if something were to happen to Kory Lichtensteiger.

Trenton Robinson and Akeem Davis show the importance of special teams play and how it can affect a players roster spot. Robinson and Davis were two of the best special teams players on the Redskins this pre-season; both were considered long-shots to make the final roster at the beginning of camp, but both fought their way onto the final roster mostly through special teams ability.

Kai Forbath edged out rookie Zach Hocker to win the kicking battle, and after a strong performance Tress Way won the punting job.

There are conflicting reports about the cornerback position, the Washington Post has Chase Minnifield on the final 53 with Tracy Porter cut. On Redskins.com, however, both players are listed on the roster. We will clear this up as soon as possible. [UPDATE: Minnifield was indeed released and Porter made the team.]

After a strong performance in the final pre-season game Gabe Miller beat out Everette Brown for the final outside linebacker spot.

In addition to the cuts the Redskins placed Stephen Bowen and Leonard Hankerson on the PUP list, and Chris Neild and Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve.

Here’s the Redskins full roster heading into the season opener:

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

Running Back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Silas Redd,

Tight End (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulson, Niles Paul,

Wide Receiver (6): Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss

Offensive Line (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton

Defensive Line (7): Chris Baker, Barry Cofield, Jason Hatcher, Jarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston, Clifton Geaters, Frank Kearse

Inside Linebackers (5): Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley, Adam Hayward, Will Compton, Akeem Jordan

Outside Linebackers (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Gabe Miller

Cornerback (5): DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Bashaud Breeland, Chase Minnifield/Tracy Porter, EJ Biggers

Safety (4): Ryan Clark, Bacarri Rambo, Trenton Robinson, Akeem Jordan

Specialist (3): Nick Sundberg, Kai Forbath, Tress Way

Five takeaways from the Washington Redskins victory over the Browns

Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ Monday night 24-23 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.

  1. An up-and-down performance from Robert Griffin III. The interception RGIII threw was an ugly one, where he should have thrown the ball away and didn’t plant his back foot and throw with good form. This will be something the third-year pro will surely go back and correct on film. However, the interception wasn’t helped by poor pass protection by both the offensive line and running back (Roy Helu). However, on the second play of the game Griffin did a fantastic job of standing tall in the pocket, progressing through his reads and finding the open man down field. Griffin also threw a pretty ball to Andre Roberts at the end of the first quarter. Griffin’s transition into more of a pocket passer will take time, but he has shown promise on plays like these.
  2. The defensive pass rush may be the biggest strength on the Redskins entire team. Even without Jason Hatcher the front seven has played very well. The pass coverage has to improve though. The Redskins were bailed out by poor passes from the both the Browns quarterbacks, in addition to some drops from the wide receivers.
  3. The running back position is wide open. Roy Helu still has the inside track on the third-down back job, however, he struggled both in pass protection and in catching the ball against the browns. Evan Royster, Helu’s main competitor for playing time, played very well including an impressive catch-and-run on a circle route and a solid run to finish off a two-minute drive with a touchdown.
  4. Ryan Grant is making a push to be the fourth receiver on the Redskins depth chart. After Aldrick Robinson had a solid performance in the first pre-season game, Grant continues to show rare polished routes for a rookie and consistently good play, including a beautiful touchdown strike from Kirk Cousins.
  5. Turnovers need to stop, especially the sloppy avoidable ones. The starting offensive unit played well, and moved the ball well, but when you fumble a ball that is directly in your hands and throw an easy interception you won’t win many games. Turnover margin was one of the biggest reason for the Redskins success in 2012 (+17) and failure in 2013 (-8). The Redskins simply have to take care of the ball better.

Breeland Addresses his Washington Redskins Teammates

Bashaud Breeland addressed his Washington Redskins teammates following his citation for marijuana possession. Breeland ruined an otherwise drama-free camp just twelve hours before the Skins finished up in Richmond.

The Redskins organization has said they are aware of the situation, but would rather not comment. Breeland has had discussions with head coach Jay Gruden and GM Bruce Allen following the citation and has said he will accept the consequences that follow his actions.

I’m happy that Breeland stepped up to the plate and addressed his teammates following his mistake, and I’m equally as happy that his Redskins teammates had some harsh words in response to whatever Breeland told them (those comments have not been made public). The most frustrating aspect of this situation by far is Breeland’s potential. Breeland has enjoyed a solid camp, and should push Tracy Porter for snaps as the slot corner. Breeland also has the potential to become DeAngelo Hall’s long term replacement, but this is not a good start to his career with the Redskins.

The rookie Clemson product is now my new favorite to have his locker in between Ryan Clark and DeAngelo Hall’s. Clearly no matter how impressive his early play has been on the field, Breeland has a lot of growing up to do. Having two veteran leaders who happen to play in the same position as you will only help Breeland’s transition to being a professional.

Breeland will likely avoid suspension, but he will now find himself on the NFL’s radar, and random drug testing  will be in his future. For Breeland and the Redskins’ sake, I hope this is a one time incident that will be long forgotten a few years down the road.

Washington Redskins Pre-Season Recap: Patriots

Here are the biggest takeaways from the Washington Redskins pre-season opening victory over the New England Patriots:

Keenan Robinson looked very good filling the void left by the retirement of future hall-of-famer London Fletcher. Robinson looked comfortable making the calls and tackled very well.

The defensive unit itself looked very solid, especially the front seven that dominated the Patriots offensive line and disrupted the offenses rhythm early and often. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Training Camp Report: Patriots Practice

The Redskins hosted the New England Patriots for the first time before they take the field Thursday night in the teams pre-season opener. First year head coach Jay Gruden stressed using the opportunity to practice against a quality opponent as a learning experience. The Redskins have become familiar with each other, to an extent the offense knows what to expect and the defenses’ “tendencies” and vice-versa. When you bring in 90 new players and coaches it forces players to read and react in more of a game-like situation which is telling for the coaches of both staffs’.

A few players shined against the new competition in Richmond. Bacarri Rambo had a few solid plays in coverage, however, that was never the concern with Rambo, his tackling is what will need to improve greatly in 2014 if he wishes to stick around. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins training camp notebook 7/28/2014

Here is what you missed from the Washington Redskins fifth day at training camp:

The fifth day of training camp gave us the first fully padded Redskins practice of the 2014 season. With full pads, the intensity was turned up significantly, and there were plenty of hitting drills including a few special teams drills that featured contact. There was also some extracurricular physicality today as tempers flared in Richmond. It is normal to have a few scuffles around this time, it’s hot, it’s the first time they have gotten to really go at each other, and the Redskins are well aware that the stakes are high to get a roster spot on the 53-man roster.

We’ll start with what everyone wants to read about, Robert Griffin III. Griffin has looked much sharper than he did at the beginning of camp, and it is clear that Griffin is putting in the effort to develop chemistry with newly acquired targets DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. Griffin and Roberts clicked early, and Jackson and Griffin’s deep ball connection is getting better by the day. Griffin showed a flash of the electric player we saw in his rookie campaign, in an 11 on 11 drill Griffin saw a seam up the middle and burst through the defense for an easy 20 yard gain untouched. This is the type of running (not by design but by opportunity) you can expect more from Griffin in 2014. Even in the first few days of camp, Griffin has taken off less and less each day, in favor of progressing through his reads. Too often Griffin uses his athletic ability to get out of trouble and he may “panic” and go to his legs too early, staying calm in the pocket and progressing through his reads will be huge for Griffin.

Pierre Garcon tweaked his hamstring in this mornings practice. Garcon didn’t seem overly concerned about the injury, saying that he felt fine but he wasn’t going to push it at this time in the off-season. This injury should have no effect on Garcon’s regular season play.

Chris Thompson has continued to impress and has emerged as the favorite to land the third running back job. Griffin was quoted saying “We want him (Thompson) to be our Darren Sproles”. Thompson has the skill set to be this type of player, but the biggest question mark with Thompson is his durability. Thompson has a lot of potential, and is a player to watch throughout camp.

Number 51 wasn’t vacant for long, Brandon Jenkins was cut yesterday, and Everette Brown was signed today and was sporting Jenkins former number in practice today. Brown worked with Skins outside linebacker coach Brian Baker who coached Brown at Carolina in 2009-2010.

That’s all for now! Have a Redskins question? Tweet me @Justin_Byram, or email me at jwbyram@email.msmary.edu

Washington Redskins Traning Camp Notebook 7/26/2014

Today the pads went on, which means full contact, resulting in the first scuffle of training camp. The small scuffle broke out (and was quickly separated) between Tom Compton and Darryl Sharpton.

There are a couple of Redskins coming back from injuries that look very good thus far in camp, Chris Thompson, Keenan Robinson, Tracy Porter, and Richard Crawford all seem to have successfully made a full recovery from whatever injury hampered their 2013 seasons.

Josh LeRibeus has continued to look good as well. LeRibeus reported to camp out of shape last season, and never got a chance to get going. However, LeRibeus reported in good shape this year and seems to be hitting the ground running.

It will take time for RG3 to develop chemistry with his new weapons, and he did hit DeSean Jackson on a nice deep pass off the boot-leg. However, Griffin and Andre Roberts seem to be making an early connection making quite a few plays today.

Trent Williams rolled his ankle, but after sitting out a few plays returned to action and insisted he was fine.

David Amerson has done a nice job covering some of the Redskins best receivers including a few times against Pierre Garcon today. Coach Gruden said that Amerson is playing with a lot of “Swag” out there and that he likes what he sees from the second year corner. Amerson has gotten much better at using his long frame and arms to jam receivers and put himself in a favorable position from the beginning. I like Amerson’s chances of taking the next step in his development and becoming a more solid, consistent starting corner.

That’s all for now, have a Redskins question? Leave a comment! Or tweet me @Justin_Byram, or email me at jwbyram@email.msmary.edu

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