Redskins 53-man roster projection 1.0: Does Trent Williams’ holdout muddy the waters at tackle?
Practice Squad (10)
DL JoJo Wicker, S JoJo McIntosh, TE Donald Parham, TE Matt Flanagan, WR Robert Davis, LB Cassanova McKinzy, LB BJ Blunt, C Casey Dunn, CB Adonis Alexander, CB Danny Johnson
It’s always hard to pick the practice squad given that a handful of these players could certainly challenge for roles on the active roster. But, if they don’t make it, going on the practice squad would make sense.
On the defensive line, Wicker has a lot of upside and he could have a chance to make the roster over Ryan Bee. But, for now, he makes the practice squad. Wicker is entering his second season with the team and Jim Tomsula could see developmental potential there.
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At tight end, Flanagan has received praise from Chris Cooley and could be a solid No. 3 tight end with future backup potential. Meanwhile, Parham signed with Washington after being waived by the Lions. The undrafted 6-foot-8 target could be a slot mismatch but will need to add weight if he wants to be effective.
At receiver, I went with the uber-athletic Robert Davis, but T.J. Rahming could also get consideration. He was solid at Duke and he has great speed, so he could have a chance to make stay on the squad. If Davis got claimed, Rahming would be the pick here.
McKinzy and Dunn both spent time on the active roster last year, but McKinzy saw sparing action while Dunn was moved to the practice squad midway through the season. Both have a chance to make the 53-man roster this Fall, but they will be facing competition for some of the team’s younger players.
Blunt is an interesting hybrid middle linebacker/edge player that’s a bit undersized. The Redskins may not be able to fit him on the roster, but he is the perfect candidate for a practice squad spot.
And, finally, Alexander and Johnson may get squeezed out of the final roster, but both should have a chance to make the practice squad. Johnson showed upside as a kick returner and backup nickel last year while Alexander has length and potential, but hasn’t shown much at the NFL level yet. Alexander has the look of a solid corner, so he could get claimed if waived. Still, the ‘Skins may be willing to take that risk given that he couldn’t get on the field in minicamp.
If Alexander does get claimed, then the aforementioned Rahming would likely replace him in this projection.