Redskins 53-man roster projection: Pre-preseason Week 1 vs. Browns
Tress Way, Dustin Hopkins, Nick Sundberg
The three mainstays for the Redskins are back for another year. Dustin Hopkins and Tress Way face no competition in training camp, and backup long snapper Andrew East was released, meaning Nick Sundberg has proved he is fully healthy and ready to contribute in the new year.
Punter Tress Way is the superstar of this group. He is an elite punter that has arguably been snubbed for Pro Bowl Honors the past two years. He has a combined 74 punts inside the 20 since 2017, and has averaged 45.7 and 45.3 yards per punt the last two years respectively. However, while Way does have a big booming leg, it does get the best of him at times as he has had four punts returned for touchdowns in five seasons. The 29-year-old player from the University of Oklahoma has been a true asset to the team since being signed in 2014. Way is entering his prime, and should be with the team for years to come.
Kicker Dustin Hopkins will be entering his fifth-year with the Washington Redskins. After struggling to find a home with the New Orleans Saints early in his career, coming to Washington has been beneficial for the former Florida State product. His best years with the Redskins have come in 2015 and 2018, with last year being his best season to date with a made field goal percentage of 89.7 percent. Hopkins is a very accurate kicker but tends to struggle with longer kicks. The Redskins may need him to make kicks in games where field position is hard to come by. Hopkins in his career is 9-of-18 from 50-plus yards.
Long snapper Nick Sundberg, entering his 10th season with the Redskins, is a lock to make the team. He has steadily proved his value throughout his career, and is mostly seen as a very good long snapper due to his tight spin and delivery of the ball. Sundberg will have to prove he can stay healthy in 2019, as he has only played in all 16 games five times in his career.