Washington Football Team Roster Projection: Update with Alex Smith healthy
By Jonathan Eig
The defensive backfield is the most wide-open position on the team. Given the nature of NFL offenses today and the recent run of injuries WFT has experienced in the secondary, I believe they will keep 10 players.
After the top six, it is the wild, wild west. I suspect that Jimmy Moreland (who is firmly in that top six) will play some safety this season, which will in turn free up the team to keep an extra corner or two. This positional flexibility has come to be known – over at least three paragraphs – as “the Pamphile Effect.”
I like the speed and experience that Aaron Colvin offers so he is my 5th corner. From Deshazor Everett, Troy Apke, and Jeremy Reaves, I suspect two will stick, and right now, your guess is as good as mine. Let’s go with Apke and Reaves. Simeon Thomas will get serious consideration to replace one of them after his one-game suspension is up.
More from Riggo's Rag
- What will Emmanuel Forbes bring to the Washington Commanders?
- Highlighting the best Commanders 2023 NFL Draft betting props
- 3 late Commanders rumors drawing buzz ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft
- 4 bold predictions for the Commanders 2023 NFL Draft
- Commanders News: Chase Young trade, draft day, CB riser and Sam Howell
The one caveat here is that if Moreland proves effective at safety, I think WFT will keep an extra corner — I’m thinking Ryan Lewis — and will drop a backup safety — I’m saying Jeremy Reaves. But I am not going that far yet.
So, if you’re keeping track, 48 of my final 53 agree with Jacob’s. I am dropping Trey Quinn, Dontrelle Inman, Geron Christian, Deshazor Everett and Greg Stroman, and replacing them with Johnathon Johnson, Darvin Kidsy, Jr., Aaron Colvin, Jeremy Reaves, and a WR TBD (but not yet on the roster.)
I probably should have asked a fifth question at the start. Why is this year’s roster projection different from all other years? In all other years, we do this certain in the knowledge that a few weeks down the road, we will find out where we guessed right and where we screwed the pooch.
This year, we are projecting with a guillotine hovering over the season, uncertain whether any of it will matter.
Let’s hope – in this one regard – that this year is like all other years.