Redskins 53-man roster projection: New-look ‘Skins rely on youth, upside
Wide Receiver (6)
Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, Steven Sims, Antonio Gandy-Golden, Trey Quinn, Emanuel Hall
Beyond the top four spots on the receiver depth chart, things are wide open. McLaurin, Sims, Harmon, and Gandy-Golden all seem likely to make the roster but there will be a bunch of players competing for one or two roster spots after them.
McLaurin will be the Redskins’ No. 1 receiver in 2020 after a terrific rookie season in which he caught 58 passes for 919 yards and seven scores. Sims will likely play the slot and the undrafted rookie will look to build on a solid late-season run that saw him take over as the primary slot receiver.
Harmon and Gandy-Golden will probably battle for playing time on the outside in what should be an intriguing position battle. Though Gandy-Golden has a fourth-round draft pedigree, Harmon probably has the edge heading into the season after finding success late in 2019 with Haskins at quarterback. The loser of this battle will probably be the No. 4 receiver.
As for the fifth, and potential sixth, receiver spots, there are many options to consider. Quinn seems to be in the lead as a backup slot option, as he has been solid when on the field. He’s not flashy, but given his special teams ability and his two years of experience with the team, he should be a fine backup.
The sixth receiver spot is where things get interesting. Cody Latimer, a six-year NFL veteran, may have been in the lead to play a backup and special teams role before his recent arrest. But now, there is less clarity.
The team could opt to keep just five pass catchers, especially if they plan on using Antonio Gibson out wide some in 2020. But they could keep a high-upside option on the roster as well.
Hall is a guy I like a lot. He went undrafted in 2019, but he has the talent of a third-round pick. It was injury and maturity concerns that dropped him to the ranks of the undrafted. If Hall can prove himself to Rivera and find a way to produce during the preseason, he could get a spot on the roster given his 6-3 frame and enormous athletic potential. He did average 20.8 yards per catch during college and is just 23, so if he impresses, he could have a bright future.
Other potential competitors for roster spots include Cam Sims, Jester Weah, and Darvin Kidsy. Of the trio, Kidsy’s potential as a slot man could get him on the roster if he shows more explosive ability than Quinn.