September 20, 2020

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, 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

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 and follow him on twitter @Justin_Byram.

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