Predicting the Redskins practice squad following the cut to 53
This preseason, Nico Marley proved that he was a gamer. The undrafted free agent out of Tulane was considered by some just to be a camp body, but he turned into a lot more than that. The 5-foot-8, 180 pound linebacker was thought to be too small to be successful in the NFL. He proved everyone wrong.
In the preseason, Marley was a force during most of the games. He was able to get into the backfield on multiple occasions and had a couple of sacks. Additionally, he was good in run defense despite his lack of size. Marley could have made the team had it not been for the strong performance of Josh Harvey-Clemons. For now, he’ll wait on the practice squad but he will have a chance to make the team as a special teams player during the 2017 season.
Over the course of the preseason, Pete Robertson was able to put together a solid showing for the Redskins. The former Texas Tech product showed some decent edge rush ability, but also demonstrated very strong special teams skills. He also has some positional versatility and is able to play inside and outside linebacker. Robertson never had a shot of making the 53-man roster, but his youth will give him a chance to make the practice squad.
The main reason I have Robertson making the practice squad is that the Redskins don’t have a lot of depth at the rush linebacker position. Junior Galette is set to be a primary backup, but he has dealt with injury issues. If he were to go down, the Redskins have to have a contingency plan and Robertson would give them just that. He’ll have time to grow on the practice squad, and his versatility could be a weapon for the team.