Redskins training camp roster projection after cutting Mason Foster, signing Corey Robinson
Defensive Line (5)
Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, Caleb Brantley
The Redskins have one of the deepest defensive line groups in the league. They have a solid starting trio in their 3-4 alignment, with Allen, Payne, and Ioannidis accounting for the snaps up front. At least two will be on the field at all times, including when the team is operating out of a 4-3 set, which they do in a lot of their nickel-based defenses.
Behind the top trio, the team has some solid backups. Settle was considered by some to be a potential Day 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft before falling to the Redskins in the fifth round. As a rookie, he displayed strong run-stuffing ability when on the field in a rotational capacity. At 2019 training camp, he has looked good so far and could see a bit more action this year.
Meanwhile, Brantley was claimed last season off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and spent a lot of the year developing on Washington roster. Brantley was considered a potential first-round talent in the 2017 NFL Draft and had 2.0 sacks as a rotational player with the Browns. Jim Tomsula will have a chance to continue to work with him and improve his overall ability moving forward.
The ‘Skins could opt to keep six defensive linemen, especially if they like the developmental potential of either undrafted free agent Ryan Bee or last year’s undrafted defensive lineman, JoJo Wicker. But for now, it makes more sense that they would roll with the five talented players they have while stashing one or two other guys on the practice squad.