The Redskins have completed minicamp and they’ve started their five-week vacation prior to training camp. It’s as good a time as any to take a look and assess who will be on the roster when the Redskins are preparing to face the Houston Texans on Sept. 7.
Today, Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir look at the offense; defensive predictions will come on Monday.
Tandler (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
If the Redskins were going to go with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster they would have brought in a candidate for the practice squad by now. Although Griffin seems healthy, they still need a safety net and McCoy is it.
El-Bashir (2): Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins
With Griffin 100-percent healthy this offseason, there are no ‘what ifs’. RG3 is the starter and Cousins is the backup.
Tandler (9): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Morgan Moses, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Spencer Long
It would not be stunning if either Chester or Polumbus didn’t make it but right now they both look like they’re pretty well entrenched as starters and any changes will wait until sometime during the season.
El-Bashir (9): Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, Chris Chester, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis
Gruden drafted Moses and Long in the third round for a reason—he’s not overly impressed with Mike Shanahan’s picks in recent years. Moses edges Tom Compton for the swing tackle job, while Gettis’ versatility helps him stick around.
Tandler (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson,Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Ryan Grant
Moss’ status seemed shaky until Gruden came out with some pretty high praise for his leadership and work ethic. There’s still a chance that Aldrick Robinson somehow finds a spot.
El-Bashir (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson and Ryan Grant.
Leonard Hankerson could open begin the season on the PUP list, giving Gruden some additional time to evaluate Robinson. BYU product Cody Hoffman starts out on the practice squad.
Tandler (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul
Seventh-round pick Ted Bolser has a long way to go and he might need a year on the practice squad.
El-Bashir (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul.
Seventh round pick Ted Bolser earns a spot on the practice squad.
Tandler (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Lache Seastrunk
If you have two similar players and the old regime drafted one and the new guys drafted the other, bet on the player the new guys took. That’s why Seastrunk makes it over Chris Thompson.
El-Bashir (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu and Chris Thompson.
If Thompson stays healthy—and that’s a big ‘if’—I suspect he’ll edge the talented but raw rookie Lache Seastrunk, who would open the season on the practice squad.