Over the next few weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will be taking a close look at the Redskins’ depth chart, dissecting each position.
Some spots are straightforward. Others are more complicated. This much, however, is not up for debate: A player is not on the 53-man roster until the final cuts are made.
So who’s the odds-on favorite to start? And who’s in trouble? Up today …
On the roster: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
Likely to make the 53: Griffin, Cousins
Comment: There isn’t much drama here. Griffin is the franchise quarterback. The Redskins’ hopes for a solid season rest largely on his shoulders.
Cousins got a shot at starting at the end of the 2013 season. Although the team went 0-3 in his starts he moved the team fairly well. Still, he only completed 52 percent of his passes on the season and threw 7 interceptions and 4 touchdowns. We can’t rule out a training camp trade should another team fine itself in desperate need but it’s likely that Cousins is the backup.
Battling for a job: McCoy
Comment: Much has been made of the fact that Jay Gruden’s Bengals carried only two quarterbacks on the roster in each of the three seasons that he was the offensive coordinator there. Some see this as a sign that the Redskins will do the same and that McCoy is likely to be out. But it should be noted that the two-QB situation in Cincinnati was not necessarily Gruden’s decision.
There is one strong sign that McCoy will make the 53. Most teams that carry only two quarterbacks on the active roster have a third QB on the practice squad. That way they have someone available in case of emergency. The Redskins have only the three veterans; they don’t have a quarterback with practice squad eligibility. Although they could bring one in tomorrow, it would have made much more sense to do so during OTAs and minicamp so that he could learn the system.
This situation does not make McCoy a lock for the 53, just a pretty good bet to make it.