Redskins 53-man roster projection 1.0: Does Trent Williams’ holdout muddy the waters at tackle?
Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Greg Stroman, Jimmy Moreland, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
The corner battle is more about depth this year as it was last year. Norman, Dunbar, and Moreau all seem to be entrenched as the starters, and rightfully so.
There’s no question that Norman is overpaid, but he’s still a very solid starter on the outside. Dunbar has shown quite a lot of upside as a starter, but he struggled through a nerve issue in his leg last year. With a full year to get healthy, he should be a good starter and could emerge as the team’s top corner.
As for Moreau, people are a bit quick to write him off in favor of some of the team’s younger options. He wasn’t perfect in his first full season as a starter last year, but he showed flashes of very good performance. Gruden has been complimentary of him so far this offseason, so that should bode well for him.
In the depth battle, Stroman, Moreland, DRC, Adonis Alexander, and Danny Johnson will all fight for spots. I think that Stroman’s performance last year should help him to earn his way onto the roster. Moreland has been a big playmaker in minicamp, so if he can show that ability in training camp and the preseason, he’ll be a shoo-in as well.
DRC is a bit of a wild card. He retired midway through last season with the Raiders but if he is truly committed to playing, he could be a versatile weapon for the ‘Skins. And make no mistake. The team wants to have another veteran in the secondary. They wanted one last year, which is why they signed Orlando Scandrick. He just didn’t perform well enough to make the roster. DRC might be able to do what Scandrick couldn’t.
Alexander has a great frame and a lot of upside, but he hasn’t done much at minicamp and didn’t make a lot of waves last season. Unless he shows something in training camp, he could find himself getting cut. Johnson showed ability as a nickel back and kick returner, but Moreland may have a chance to overtake him.