The Redskins currently have 80 signed veterans, first-year players and draft picks on their roster. Let’s take a look at the depth chart and see where things stand. Today we’ll look at the offense, tomorrow the defense.
Of those, 34 of the veterans and three of the draft picks play on the offensive side of the ball. Here is the breakdown on how they stack up.
Quarterback (Have 4/likely to keep 3)
Starter: Robert Griffin III
Reserves: Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman
Long shot: Pat White
This seems to be pretty well set in stone. Even if Griffin’s knee is 100 percent by the time he starts playing, there is always the possibility of a setback. If that happens, Mike Shanahan’s comfort level with Grossman as Cousins’ backup is too high for him to go in any other direction. They probably will add one more QB to serve as a fourth arm for training camp as Griffin is likely to be a spectator for all or part of it. Last year they went into OTA’s with 4 QB’s.
Running back (10/4)
Starters: Alfred Morris, Darrel Young
Competing: Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, Jawan Jamison, Keiland Williams
Long shot: Tristan Davis, Dorson Boyce, Eric Kettani
The battles here will be one of the highlights of the spring and summer. Morris and Young are set in stone; everyone else is on the bubble. Helu and Royster have multiple 100-yard NFL games on their resumes and Williams was the Redskins’ leading rusher in a few games in 2010. Enter Thompson and Jamison via the draft. Thompson is a potential home run threat while Jamison could excel as a one-cut runner. The conventional wisdom sets up the two competitions as Helu vs. Thompson and Royster vs. Jamison but nobody really knows what Mike Shanahan is thinking when it comes to running backs. Last year they went into OTA’s with eight running backs.
Tight end (5/4)
Starter: Fred Davis
Reserves: Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed
Long shot: DeAngelo Peterson
As of right now, the Redskins apparently plan to have four tight ends on the final roster. They normally carry three. They weren’t planning on drafting one but when Reed was there in the third round they decided they couldn’t turn him down. Mike Shanahan spoke of some of the benefits of carrying four on Friday after drafting Reed. So they may carve out a fourth spot, possibly from the defensive side of the ball or by carrying five wide receivers rather than six. Last year they went into OTA’s with 6 tight ends.
Wide receiver (6/5-6)
Starters: Pierre Garçon, Josh Morgan
Reserves: Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson
Competing: Dezmon Briscoe
It was somewhat surprising that the Redskins did not draft a wide receiver last weekend and because of that we have the status quo. Last year they went into OTA’s with 12 receivers so look for them to sign some undrafted rookies and maybe a veteran or two. As of now there doesn’t seem to be any real competition here but it remains to be seen. It is possible that a wide receiver spot will be cut to make room for a fourth tight end and that would not bode well for Briscoe.
Offensive line (12/9)
Starters: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester
Competing: Tyler Polumbus, Jeremy Trueblood, Tony Pashos, Tom Compton, Maurice Hurt, Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis
Long shots: Pat Boyle
Could have listed Polumbus as the starter as he is likely to line up with the first team in OTA’s and minicamps. But he will be pushed by both Trueblood and Compton and perhaps by Pashos or Hurt. They did not draft an offensive lineman after taking four in the last two drafts. They could elect to carry 10 linemen here if they think there is enough talent. They went into OTA’s with 16 offensive linemen last year.