July 17, 2019

Washington Redskins: Updated Unofficial Depth Chart prior to Preseason Bout with Ravens

The Washington Redskins have made some changes to their unofficial depth chart heading into the “dress rehearsal” preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. You can see the full depth chart below as the cuts to the 53 man roster have to be finalized by September 5th. In bold we have denoted those who are locks to make the roster, while those names that are italicized are individuals who we expect to round out the 53 man roster.

With 46 locks, we predict that Rashad Ross (WR6), Ty Nsekhe (RT2), Je’Ron Hamm (TE3), Kedric Golston (DE4), Frank Kearse (DE5), Houston Bates (OLB5), Martrell Spaight (MLB4), and Justin Rodgers (CB5*) to be on the 53 man roster starting week 1. Although there are 8 players listed to possible make the team leading to 53 man players, CB Baushad Breeland will not count towards the Week 1 53 man roster while serving his one game suspension. It is possible that Justin Rodgers could be gone come Week 2 when Breeland returns unless he can convince the coaching staff to keep him on the roster at the expense of someone else.

Need to Know Changes from Previous Depth Chart:

  • With the season ending injuries to Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen, the Washington Redskins acquired TE Derek Carrier from the San Francisco 49ers for a 5th round draft pick in 2016. Je’Ron Hamm currently seems to be slightly ahead of Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina in the competition for the third tight end roster spot. Ernst Brun and D.J. Williams who were recently signed seem to be long shots to make the team.
  • After the Redskins lost another special teams standout in Adam Hayward, it was Terrance Plummer and not 5th round draft pick Martrell Spaight given the MLB4 spot on the depth chart. Though it is still expected for Spaight to make the team, fully expect that all borderline competitions to possible be determined by the impact said individuals can make on special teams.
  • Chris Thompson, who is expected to make the team as the third string running back, has now leapfrogged Andre Roberts into the starting kickoff return role. There have been only one chance for the Redskins to return a kickoff during the preseason due to touchbacks, so this position is not set in stone.

Surprising Non-Changes to Depth Chart:

  • After being absolutely destroyed on multiple occasions when starting at left tackle for an injured Trent Williams, inconsistent lineman Willie Smith is still listed as backing up the Silverback. Tom Compton has continued to be listed as the third string right tackle, but his newly found role as a blocking tight end makes us consider him a lock to make the roster.
  • Houston Bates has not made up any ground on Jackson Jeffcoat according to the new depth chart, but it is possible that the flashy pass rusher is making a case for a roster spot with three sacks in the first two preseason games. With the injury to Hayward, a linebacker spot opens up for the taking. Expect Bates to be required to also make a difference on special teams in order to make the team.
  • Similarly to Bates, talented OLB Junior Galette has still been listed as the third string WLB although he could possibly start Week 1 against the Dolphins barring a lack of chemistry with the team in his recent arrival and/or a possible suspension for off the field issues.

Do not take any of these rankings too seriously as much can still change up to and beyond the start of the regular season. District Sports Page will keep you updated on the latest changes in position battles that could come down to the wire.

Position First String Second String Third String Other
WR1 DeSean Jackson Ryan Grant Jamison Crowder Rashad Ross
LT Trent Williams Willie Smith Takoby Cofield
LG Shawn Lauvao Arie Kouandjio Bryce Quigley
C Kory Lichtensteiger Josh LeRibeus Austin Reiter
RG Brandon Scherff Spencer Long Tyler Larsen
RT Morgan Moses Ty Nsekhe Tom Compton
TE Jordan Reed Derek Carrier Je’Ron Hamm Chase Dixon, Devin Mahina
WR2 Pierre Garçon Andre Roberts Evan Spencer Colin Lockett, Tony Jones, Reggie Bell
QB Robert Griffin III Kirk Cousins Colt McCoy
FB Darrel Young Jordan Campbell
RB Alfred Morris Matt Jones Chris Thompson Trey Williams, Mack Brown
LDE Stephen Paea Kedric Golston Corey Crawford
NT Terrance Knighton Chris Baker Jerrell Powe Travian Robertson
RDE Jason Hatcher Ricky Jean Francois Frank Kearse Robert Thomas
SLB Trent Murphy Jackson Jeffcoat Houston Bates Dyshawn Davis
MLB Keenan Robinson Will Compton Martrell Spaight
MLB Perry Riley Jr. Terrance Plummer Alonzo Highsmith
WLB Ryan Kerrigan Preston Smith Junior Galette Sage Harold
CB DeAngelo Hall Bashaud Breeland Justin Rogers Trey Wolfe, Qunton Dunbar
CB Chris Culliver David Amerson Deshazor Everett Tajh Hasson, Bryan McCann, DreQuan Hoseky
SS Duke Ihenacho Jeron Johnson Akeem Davis DaMon Cromartie-Smith
FS Dashon Goldson Trenton Robinson Kyshoen Jarrett
P Tress Way
K Kai Forbath Ty Long
H Tress Way
LS Nick Sundberg
KR Chris Thompson Andre Roberts Jamison Crowder
PR Andre Roberts Jamison Crowder Rashad Ross

Washington Redskins: 2015 Training Camp Day 19 Observations

On the official last day of training camp (closed to the public), the Washington Redskins went through a light walkthrough before returning to a newly renovated Redskins Park in Ashburn. The day started with President Bruce Allen speaking to the media about camp in Richmond, new stadium talks, and what went into the signing of Junior Galette.

In a quick evaluation of what was accomplished in training camp, head coach Jay Gruden thinks a lot was accomplished and liked that the players came together as a team. Much of that coming together could have a lot to do with teammates sticking up for each other in their scrums with the Houston Texans. Despite tensions broiling over in Day 3 of the joint practices, Gruden reiterated that he will not hesitate to schedule them in the future as the pros greatly outweigh the cons that transpired this year.

The Redskins have struggled in the special teams phase of the game for years now. A lot of that has to do with the lack of an explosive return presence. Last year Andre Roberts was “consistent” as Gruden put it but far from electrifying or providing a spark for the offense. Today Gruden noted that before Jamison Crowder got hurt, he was about to outright win the return man job from Roberts, which is indeed an open competition. The Redskins will continue to experiment with the position while Crowder is sidelined with Chris Thompson, Trey Williams, and Rashad Ross in addition to the incumbent Roberts.

Additional Need to Knows:

  • Gruden said his lone regret of training camp was the injuries throughout the secondary, which prevented the defensive backs like Baushad Breeland and David Amerson from developing chemistry with the new safeties DaShon Goldson and Jeron Johnson.
  • TE D.J. Williams has played in similar offenses to the Redskins’ in the past so Jay Gruden believes the transition will be a little bit smoother, relatively to Ernst Brun who was also signed yesterday to fill the gaping depth issues.
  • When asked about if Robert Griffin III will begin to ascend as a quarterback the way his draft classmates of Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson have, Gruden responded with “that is the goal”. The head coach also made it clear that the team has to keep him healthy and playing to begin with, which can be correlated to his recent struggles.

Injury Updates:

  • Jamison Crowder (hamstring) “will probably be out” for Thursday’s preseason game vs. the Lions.
  • DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is out as expected this week though Gruden provided the positive news that the deep threat has regained full range of motion.
  • After hurting exiting yesterday’s practice early with a toe injury, DeAngelo Hall sat out of today’s walkthroughs though an x-ray on the area was negative. Gruden is listing him as day to day giving him a chance to go against the Lions. Hall commented the injury occurred when he jammed his toe but is hopeful that the swelling and pain go down so that he can play Thursday because he “needs the reps”.

Important Dates:

  • Host the Detroit Lions for the second preseason game in 3 days on 8/20 at 7:30 PM.
  • The final cuts to a 53 man roster will take place over the next 19 days by 9/4.
  • Season and home opener against Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 13 in 28 days.

Washington Redskins: 2015 Training Camp Day 18 Observations

It’s here the last day of training camp (open to the public). The team will go through a light walk through tomorrow before returning back to Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA for a full practice Tuesday.

As head coach Jay Gruden disclosed yesterday, the Redskins brought in tight end prospects after being put into a delicate situation when they lost Niles Paul in a costly preseason win. The Redskins brought in three players today including former Iowa State player Ernst Brun, UMass product Jean Sifrin, and ex-Packer DJ Williams. Brun had 26 receptions for 330 yards in 2012, but only 6 catches for 47 yards in 2013 due to an injury riddled season. Williams was a 5th round draft pick by the Packers back in 2011 and had 9 catches for 70 yards over two years. In the two years since then he has not recorded a catch when being on the rosters of the Jaguars, Patriots, and Buccaneers.

Brun was signed by the Redskins who Gruden said “had a good workout today, and we thought we would give him a shot”, while Sifrin left without a contract. Williams was also signed after an afternoon workout with the team and could also be used at the fullback position during practice. If you think there is a chance the Redskins still sign former star Chris Cooley after these two moves, general manager Scot McCloughan all but ended anymore possible reports by saying, “I’m not going there. Chris Cooley, he’s a really good Redskin. He’s part of the Redskins still. I’m not going there”. In corresponding moves, Paul and Logan Paulsen were placed on injured reserve, while Silas Redd was waived/injured. The Redskins hope he passes through waivers unlike Tevin Mitchel who was sntached up by the Colts.

Gruden believes the team is “biggers, stronger, and faster” now than they were at the end of last year’s training camp. Part of that has to do with the signing of Junior Galette who Gruden says will bring explosion and disruption.

On another note, Gruden is glad that training camp is over because it allows everyone to get back a sense of normalcy by sleeping in their own beds and returning to Ashburn where the comfort level is higher. The head coach did  note however that training camp is the most important part of the team’s evaluation process to cut the roster down to 53 men.

Practice Notes and Evaluations:

  • Although Robert Griffin III has been known as a more accurate thrower without too many interceptions in his career, the Redskins tarting quarterback had two passes picked off during red zone 7-on-7 drills. Both interceptions were made by FS DaShon Goldson after deflections of which only one was Griffin’s fault.
  • Similarly to yesterday’s practice, the team was allowed to remove their pads which we can assume was because of the heat and banged up nature of the team.
  • Chris Thompson has all but earned himself a spot on the 53 man roster after another practice with good runs including a rushing touchdown coming on 3rd and goal from 5 yards out.
  • More than 30 minutes after practice and officially training camp had come to an end, Griffin and Pierre Garcon were both still on the field getting in reps. Griffin might have wanted to leave training camp on a more positive note after one of his lesser quality practices.

Injury Updates:

  • Although Gruden said DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is “very close” to returning, he still sat out of practice today.
  • Likewise, Jamison Crowder (hamstring) sat out of today’s practice.
  • After sitting out yesterday for precautionary reasons because of a right knee soreness, Trent Williams returned to practice today.
  • Jordan Reed (hamstring) continues to work off to the side and intends to return to practice soon. Tomorrow there will be a short practice before the next full session practice on Tuesday.
  • DeAngelo Hall sprained his left toe during practice today and is being evaluated for his chances of playing Thursday.

Important Dates:

  • Host the Detroit Lions for the second preseason game in 4 days on 8/20 at 7:30 PM.
  • The final cuts to a 53 man roster will take place over the next 20 days by 9/4.
  • Season and home opener against Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 13 in 29 days.
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