Washington Redskins release first unofficial depth chart of the 2017 season
The Washington Redskins have released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2017 season ahead of their preseason clash with the Baltimore Ravens.
Over the course of the past couple of months, there has been a lot of speculation as to what the Washington Redskins depth chart will look like. The team had made a lot of changes during the offseason, and many were anxious to see how they would line up early on in the year. On Sunday, the Redskins released their first unofficial depth chart for the 2017 season. The depth chart gives a better idea of who is winning key position battles with the team.
The biggest note from the depth chart is the alignment for the team on the defensive front. Last season, the defensive line was a major issue for the Redskins, and they added many new players to improve the unit in the offseason. Right now, they are planning on marching out a starting line that features Stacy McGee and Ziggy Hood at the defensive end positions and Phil Taylor at nose tackle.
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McGee being favored for a starting job shouldn’t be a surprise. He is a run stuffing specialist who will be most effective on early downs. He also happens to be on a lucrative five year contract. Thus, the early designation as a starter makes sense. However, rookie Jonathan Allen is behind him on the depth chart, so the talented first round rookie could push him for playing time early on.
Meanwhile, Hood figures to be the holdover starter to keep a bit of continuity on the line. He will probably share time with free agent acquisition Terrell McClain, who is listed right behind him on the depth chart.
Taylor is one of the wild cards on the depth chart. The nose tackle position has been undecided for a majority of the offseason, but Taylor has the upper hand over A.J. Francis and and Joey Mbu right now. This is likely because of Taylor’s veteran status and the potential he flashed during his early years with the Cleveland Browns. This will be one of the primary battles to watch during the game on Thursday against the Ravens.