Redskins 53-man roster projection: New-look ‘Skins rely on youth, upside
Kendall Fuller, Ronald Darby, Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland, Aaron Colvin
The cornerback group is a bit tricky to figure out. The Redskins are thin at the position, so does that mean that they’ll carry more players to test out here, or will they carry fewer? I’m going with fewer, at the moment, and I’m also anticipating that this may be the one spot where they stay veteran-focused.
Starting with the obvious, Fuller and Darby, two free-agent acquisitions, will make the team. Fuller is going to be the team’s top slot man going forward while Darby will compete for playing time on the outside and provide a valuable veteran presence if he’s beaten out for a starting job.
Moreau and Moreland will factor into the starting job as well. Right now, Moreau probably has a slight upper hand on the former seventh-round pick after Moreau finished the season strong on the outside. He may start the season across from Darby with Moreland serving as the versatile, young backup at the position. But if Moreland makes more plays, he could get the nod.
And we won’t discount the possibility of Darby losing out to both but staying on the roster. The corner room will be truly fascinating to watch.
As for the final spot, we had to face the choice of Colvin, Danny Johnson, or Greg Stroman as the fifth corner. Given the team’s lack of proven players at the position, it makes sense to roll with Colvin for the time being. The team didn’t re-sign him until late in the offseason, but he could be a good backup slot player and may have a bit of a renaissance under Del Rio. Meanwhile, Johnson and Stroman would be excellent practice squaders who could see plenty of game day call-ups.
One final note here: Simeon Thomas, a player who was with Washington for most of last season, is suspended for the first game of the season. He could stay with the team for Week 1 on the suspension list, but his best chance to hop on after that will be as a special teams players.