Predicting the Roster


Sure there are 3 preseason games left, but it is never too early to take some guesses at the final 53:

QBs (carrying 3)- Campbell and Collins are locks.  Colt Brennan has demonstrated enough talent that he is not being released either.

RBs (carrying 5)-Portis, Betts, Sellers, and Cartwright are locks.  Marcus Mason or Nemo Broughton will be the 5th depending on whether we decide to carry two FB’s.  Mason has also put enough on film that I can’t imagine even with the fumble that he’d pass wiavers so Nemo is the guy who gets cut. Sellers gets hurt, we can always call Broughton back in.

WRs (carrying 6)- Moss, Randle El, Thomas, Kelly, and Thrash (for special teams at least) should all be locks.  Billy McMullen has had a great camp and with Anthony Mix’s injury, he’s likely going to be the 6th.

TEs (carrying 3)- Colley, Fred Davis, and Todd Yoder seem obvious in the least suspenseful camp battle.

O-line (carrying 9)- Samuels, Jansen, Thomas, Kendall and Rabach are obvious.  Heyer and Rhinehart seem locks as well. Andrew Crummey is the backup center but if Rhinehart or long snapper Ethan Albright or someone can prove to be an emergency center, he likely won’t make the team.  Wade and Fabini also have done enough to make the team.  Depth has definitely improved here.

DE (carrying 5)- Jason Taylor, Andre Carter, Erasmus James and Demetric Evans are locks. Chris Wilson gets in if James looks like he’s not going to be healthy right away. I’m guessing he will.

DT (carrying 4)- Cornelius Griffin, Lorenzo Alexander, Anthony Montgomery, and Kedric Golston are locks.

LBs (carrying 6)- Washington, McIntosh, Fletcher, Blades and Campbell are locks.  Matt Sinclair seems to be getting enough time with the new defensive headset that he looks good. No one else has really stepped up in a position that is thin for us.  Ideally, one more LB would have stepped forward at least for special teams.  Don’t be surprised if we bring in a camp cut from another team.

CBs (Carrying 5) Springs, Rogers, Smoot, and Torrence are locks.  Tryon looks like he’s done enough and Westbrook should be the odd man out. Again, we’re a little thin here.  It would shock me if we brought in a cut or kept Westbrook at the expense of lineman either side of the ball.

Safeties (carrying 5)- Landry and Doughty are locks.  Veronon Fox hasn’t been on the field much because of an excused absence but is likely to make the team as a veteran.  Rookie safeties Kareem Moore and Chris Horton also look like they should be OK even if one has to go to the practice squad at first.

Specialists- Shuisham is the kicker. Ethan Albright is the long snapper and will likely be the emergency center that prevents Crummey from making the team. The punter battle is close and is likely to come down to which is the better holder.  My bet will be on rookie Durant Brooks because he has that new kicker smell.

Last cuts- Byron Westbrook, Derrick Frost, Nemo Broughton, Andrew Crummey, and Anthony Mix.

Comments?  Anyone getting cut you’d hate to see go?  Think I’m nuts?  Comment below.  Hail Skins!

-DW

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  • Josh

    Has depth improved much on o-line? I just haven’t been following too closely, but last I looked they all seemed pretty old. Last season the o-line’s health seemed to be responsible for a lot of the team’s up’s and down’s, and even though we’re doing West Coast I think they’re pivotal for the run. The more I think about it the more I like what Zorn is doing on offense – completely reworking the passing game but leaving Gibbs’ running intact. It’ll be a killer combo, and it gives me a good feeling of continuity in terms of adding to what’s worked in the past. Defense is looking sharp also, though I worry a bit about pass coverage.

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  • dwagner

    Josh,

    Thanks for the comments.  The depth has improved significantly, but I’m not sure about the quality of the starters. Chad Rhinehart is definitely the real deal.  Stephon Heyer has another year under his belt, and just the improving health of Thomas, Samuels, and Jansen means that the backups will go back to being backups where they belong. I’m a bit concerned about Jansen and the accumulated effect of his injuries, but otherwise 9 healthy o-linemen has got to be better than 5 and a half healthy linemen.

    -DW

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes, chad rhinehart, my kid from n.iowa. good kid, one hell of a worker. blue collar all the way

  • http://PredictingtheRoster Darren

    What about the FA rookie Devin Clark?  He looks to be strong on the O-Line.  I was thinking that mayber Hoyer or Wade may be in trouble if Clark continues to improve.

  • dwagner

    Thanks for the comment, Darren.  To be honest, Clark hasn’t really hit my radar during games.  I know he is a power lifter as well as a football player and that he has practiced well.  Maybe I’m missing him, but I simply don’t recall any special plays, though truthfully, that’s not always a bad thing on the o-line.

    Clark strikes me as the kind of person we can sneak onto the practice squad or even keep in the rolodex (do people still use those?) in case we have injuries.  I’ve seen some pundits saying that Todd Wade might be released and if so, Clark is definitely in the mix.  Wade is more expensive, older, more likely to get hurt, etc.

    I’ll make a point of watching him in the last three games and report back.

    -DW

  • redskin777us

    There is another young Offensive Linemen that nobody is talking about that I am sure is going to make this team, Andrew Crumey, from the University of Maryland.  The Chargers originally signed him as an undrafted free agent. He was released because he was not ready to practice for the OTA’s. Like a vulture, Vinny snatched him up. Crummey was someone that we had our eye on all along and fortunately he wound up falling into our laps. Are starting 5 are all getting a bit long in the tooth, but we have 3 solid young guys that we must find a way to hang on to. I believe that each of these 3 (Heyer, Clark and Crummey) can be quality starters for us in the near future.
    If we can hang on to these guys, I think our future along the line looks very nice.