Redskins 53-man roster projection 1.0: Does Trent Williams’ holdout muddy the waters at tackle?
Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, and Nick Sundberg
I don’t see a reason that anything needs to change here. Hopkins is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He made 26-of-29 field goals and made 4-of-5 attempted from 50-plus yards. He had struggled immensely from that range previously (5-for-13 before last season) so it seems that he is finally improving and at just 28, he could be hitting his prime.
Meanwhile, Way is in the same boat as Hopkins. He is coming off a phenomenal year that saw him average 45.3 yards per punt. Even more remarkably, he downed 41 punts inside the 20-yard line, a league-high, yet didn’t have a single touchback. Way is one of the best punters in the league, and the ‘Skins have little incentive to move on from the 29-year-old.
There may be a bit more competition at the long snapper position, as Andrew East played well last season when Sundberg went down with an injury. However, Sundberg is entering his 10th year with the team and is considered to be a solid snapper and a good teammate. So, he still possesses the edge, though East will be the first man the Redskins call if injuries strike again for Sundberg.
Barring a surprise or an injury, these will be the three specialists on the Washington roster to start the 2019 season.