Breaking down the Redskins’ quarterback depth chart for 2019
Injury Stash: QB Alex Smith
This is the only completely settled part of the quarterback depth chart. Barring a miracle, it seems highly unlikely that Alex Smith will suit up during the 2019 season. So, the Redskins will be forced to stash Smith on one of the injured lists.
However, the question will become this. Will they send him straight to Injured Reserve, or will they keep him on the PUP list until they have to make a decision? Both situations have their merits, but given that the team went through four quarterbacks last season, they would probably at least want a chance to activate Smith if he could somehow get healthy.
If I had to wager, I’d say the PUP list is more likely, as it would at least give the team more flexibility on the off chance that Smith can get healthy for the second half of the season. But even then, it’s hard to guarantee that he would be 1) ready to play and 2) have a role more than a backup passer.
And even beyond that, there is still a question of whether or not Smith can play at all, so the team could just cut their losses, place Smith on IR early, and attempt to rely on Haskins and the two veterans to hold down the fort.
Smith’s health will become important for the ‘Skins, as his contract runs for another four years. Until they know he is coming back or not, he will have to remain on the roster (at least until they have a way to get out of his contract).