Predicting the Redskins' 53 -- Offense

Predicting the Redskins' 53 -- Offense
August 27, 2014, 10:00 am
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With one preseason game to go and only four days remaining before NFL teams must submit their opening day roster to the league, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are taking one last crack at predicting the final 53.

This morning, we’ll prognosticate the offense. Here is the link to our prediction of the defense and specialists.

Quarterback

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

While I don’t think that the Redskins want to trade Cousins I do think they want to keep their options open. Keeping McCoy does that.

El-Bashir (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy

There are a few positions that I’ve gone back and forth on, and this is one of them. Given Griffin’s inconsistency, potential for injury and the trade speculation surrounding Cousins, I’m now keeping McCoy—just in case. The lack of a developmental quarterback is also concerning.

Offensive line

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

The picture has become pretty clear here after Mike McGlynn and Adam Gettis were released.

El-Bashir (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus.

I still think there’s potential for a surprise cut here. Moses, Long and LeRibeus will push for playing time sooner rather than later, I suspect. I’m just not sure how soon that will happen. 

Wide receiver

Tandler (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson,Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Ryan Grant

This position has created a lot of cutdown day drama in the past but it seems to be cut and dried this time around. Leonard Hankerson will start on the PUP list.

El-Bashir  (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss and Ryan Grant.

With Leonard Hankerson still recovering from knee surgery (and possibly headed for PUP), there are no surprises here. I’ve got Nick Williams heading to the practice squad.

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Tight end

Tandler (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul

It’s possible that 7th-round pick Ted Bolser will snag a roster spot based on special teams play but it won’t be at the expense of any of the top three.

El-Bashir (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul.

No changes here. I still think rookie Ted Bolser’s NFL career begins on the practice squad.

Running back

Tandler (5): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson, Lache Seastrunk

Yes, I know that Thompson has been injured and that Seastrunk is very, very raw. But the streets are full of running backs who are durable, polished, and unemployed. Thompson and Seastrunk have speed and that is always in short supply, providing a bit of roster security for them.

El-Bashir (5): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu Jr., Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk.

Morris and Young are locks—Gruden said that Tuesday. Helu figures to make it, too. I think that leaves two spots—one for Thompson, provided he gets through Thursday’s game without an injury, and the other for rookie Lache Seastrunk, who is raw but still leads the team in rushing with 98 yards on 19 carries despite missing a game. An argument can also be made for Evan Royster as a fifth running back over Seastrunk. It could come down to how much the coaches think Royster can help on special teams. If Royster is the pick, Seastrunk will head to the practice squad.