Predicting the Roster

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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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