Redskins depth chart help wanted: Offense

Redskins depth chart help wanted: Offense
April 7, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Redskins are going in to offseason workouts today with 71 players on the roster. Between now and the start of OTAs in May they will add 19 more to get up to the 90 player limit. Now is a good time to see how many players they have at each position and compare it to the norm for going in to OTAs and training camp so we have an idea of where the Redskins need to add players via the draft, undrafted free agency and veteran free agency. Today, we look at the offense.

Starters underlined

Offensive tackle

On roster (3): Tyler Polumbus, Trent Williams, Tom Compton

Need for camp—7: It seems to be almost a sure thing that the Redskins will draft someone to compete for the right tackle job. They also should bring in a journeyman veteran or two so that they have someone with experience in case of an injury.

Interior offensive line

On roster (9): Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Mike McGlynn, Adam Gettis, Josh LeRibeus, Maurice Hurt, Kevin Kowalski, Tevita Stevens

Need for camp—8: None of these player are likely to be going anywhere before final cuts, barring an injury or someone having issues with conditioning. They will trim back somewhere else and let all of these players compete for starting and reserve jobs. Kowalski and Stevens are extreme long shots to make it and Hurt and LeRibeus have to make sure their conditioning is good if they are going to have a realistic shot.

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Wide receiver

On roster (8): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams, David Gettis

Need for camp—12: Why do teams feel a need to go into camp with a battalion of wide receivers? They will line up with three or even four at a time and they want to be able to go three deep in practice and when the preseason starts. They might draft one and fill out the rest with undrafted free agents and maybe a veteran wide receiver or two.

Tight end

On roster (3): Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul

Need for camp—5: There is some buzz among Redskins fans that Jay Gruden will want the Redskins to draft another pass catching type tight end since his offense worked well with two tight ends in Cincinnati. I’m not convinced that will happen, signing a couple of undrafted free agents seems to be the more likely route to filling out the depth chart here.

Quarterback

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

Need for camp—4: The most likely option here is an undrafted free agent who they can stash on the practice squad as a third QB if they decide to part ways with McCoy during final cuts.

Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson

Need for camp—7: It will be interesting to see if they invest a draft pick in a pass catching back here. That would mean that Gruden didn’t see what he was looking for there when he watched film of Helu and possibly that he doesn’t think he can rely on Thompson to stay healthy. They could look for an undrafted guy to put on the practice squad.

Fullback

On roster (1): Darrel Young

Need for camp—2: Under Mike Shanahan the Redskins only used a fullback on about a third of the offensive snaps and that seems unlikely to change much with Gruden. Another body will be brought in for preseason games.