Washington Redskins release first unofficial depth chart of the 2017 season
The offensive side of the ball looks to be very similar to what fans may have expected early on in the offseason. Basically, the chart looks like the status quo early on.
As expected, the top three receivers are Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, and Jamison Crowder. The offensive line is the same as the group that lined up for most of last year, with Shawn Lauvao holding off Arie Kouandjio in what many expect to be an interesting position battle. Perhaps the most interesting unit is the running back corps.
As expected, Robert Kelley is atop the depth chart. That should surprise nobody. However, Samaje Perine is currently third on the list, one spot behind Chris Thompson. While Thompson is likely to see snaps as a third down back, it is telling that Perine is listed behind him on the depth chart. The coaching staff may be reluctant to trust a rookie with a bigger role, so Perine will have to climb the ladder and play well in the preseason to have a shot at splitting carries with Kelley. If he doesn’t he may be stuck handling some short yardage situations to give Kelley a breather.
A final point of interest, at the tight end position, rookie Jeremy Sprinkle comes in at fourth on the depth chart. He is behind both Niles Paul and Derek Carrier. This means that the coaching staff may not think he is ready to have an impact. If Jordan Reed misses time early in the season with an injury, it seems likely that the Redskins will turn to their veterans instead of trusting a rookie.
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At the end of the day, this is the first unofficial depth chart, so it is hard to put too much stock into this. Players will continue to move up and down the list as they show the coaches what they have. For now, it gives us an early look at early leaders in some exciting positional battles and an insight into what the coaches are currently thinking.