Redskins depth chart: Stars and potential all over at skill positions

Redskins depth chart: Stars and potential all over at skill positions
August 31, 2014, 12:00 pm
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The Redskins have cut their roster to 53 and they are starting to prepare for their season opener in Houston. We’re taking a look at how the depth chart looks after all of the week’s transactions.

Earlier we looked at the offensive line. Here we break down the offensive backs and receivers.

(starters in italics)

QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
RB: Alfred Morris, Darryl Young (FB), Roy Helu, Silas Redd
TE: Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul
WRDeSean JacksonPierre Garçon, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss

The offensive skill positions are a quality group. Three have been named to Pro Bowls (Griffin, Morris, and Jackson) and Reed and Garçon have a good chance of making it some day.

The controversy on cut down day revolved around the running back position. The starters and Helu were set. Redd won a four-way competition with Evan Royster, who had more experience, and Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson, who both have game breaking speed.

There wasn’t much to talk about at wide receiver and tight end. If Reed can stay healthy he could have a big year while Paulsen and Paul will jump in for multiple-TE sets and will contribute heavily on special teams.

Roberts should see plenty of action in three wide receiver sets and as the primary punt and kickoff returner. Rookie Grant may be the first receiver off of the bench behind Roberts while it looks like Robinson and Moss will compete to see who is active on game days. 

The decision to carry three quarterbacks may have been a result of Griffin's continued issues in protecting himself when running the ball. While the plan is for Griffin to start 16 games Jay Gruden apparently wants to be prepared if he can't.