Predicting the Redskins 53, OTA Edition: Offense & Special Teams

The next time you see these guys, the bullets will be live. Full padded, locked loaded and ready for 2013.

90 guys will be vying for 53 roster spots when the Skins begin training camp in Richmond July 25th. While most of the finalized roster is a mere formality, there are a handful roster spots up for grabs that will be determined in the coming months. Today, let's take a look at the 28 players I expect to make the roster from offense and special teams.

Italics = 2013 rookie * = Anticipated starter, List represents depth chart.

OFFENSE (25)

(From left to right) Rex Grossman, Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Jonathan Crompton (Courtesy of the Washington Post)

Quarterbacks (3)

*Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman

On The Bubble: Pat White

Rex Grossman spends another year as the third emergency quarterback. Pat White will suffice as a RGIII read-option stunt double through August, but the kid couldn’t throw his way out of a wet paper bag (I still can't believe the Dolphins used a second rounder on him. I'm a WVU alum, and even I was shocked).

Backs (4)

*Alfred Morris, *Darrell Young, Roy Helu Jr., Chris Thompson

On The Bubble: Jawan Jamison

I look forward to seeing FroMo batter opposing defenses this fall, but I think the Redskins want to see Morris get less carries. A healthy Helu Jr. adds another wrinkle to the Redskin's run game. Helu will give Morris fresher legs as games and the season wears on and also will give the Redskins screen game some life. If rookie speedster Chris Thompson proves to be healthy by training camp (broken vertebrae in '11, torn ACL in '12), he has a chance to be a very dynamic third-down back. Jamison makes it to the practice squad as insurance for Helu and Thompson.

Wide Receivers (5)

*Pierre Garcon, *Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson

On The Bubble: Dez Briscoe

Leonard Hankerson (85), Santana Moss (89) and Josh Morgan (15) will all vy for playing time opposite Pierre Garcon (Courtesy of BlogSoHard.com)

Garcon, Moss, Morgan and Hankerson are all safe (although I'd say both Morgan and Hankerson are in competition for the starting 'Z' receiver). Aldrick Robinson has elite speed and has shown several times that he has the unique talent to take the top off a secondary. Dez Briscoe has size and length plus a full offseason to learn the playbook, but if Robinson has developed as an efficient route-runner this offseason, then he gets the fifth receiver nod. The existence of Jordan Reed on the roster eliminates the need for a sixth one. 

Tight Ends (4)

*Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed

On The Bubble: None

Davis returns from a ruptured Achilles playing on another one-year contract. Paulsen is an adequate backup and top-shelf blocker and Paul is a reliable special teams guy / utility player.  'Joker' tight end Jordan Reed should see plenty of snaps in a variety of places. I fully expect to see the rookie from Florida play tight, split out from the line and even in the backfield. 

Tackle (3)

*Trent Williams, *Tyler Polumbus, Jeremy Trueblood

On The Bubble: Tony Pashos, Xavier Nixon

Trent Williams is the best player not named Robert on the Redskins and will hold down RGIII's blind spot for years to come. The right tackle is a bit less solidified than that. The Redskins didn't spend a draft pick at LT instead opting to bring in several veterans to compete. Incumbent starter Tyler Polumbus should retain his starting spot based on familiarity and consistency alone.  Trueblood has the slight edge over former retiree Pashos. I believe that coming out of retirement mixed with his injury history will keep Pashos off the 53-man roster. Undrafted rookie Xavier Nixon is a perfect candidate for the practice squad.

Guard (5)

*Kory Lichtensteiger, *Chris Chester, Josh LiRibeus, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt

On The Bubble: None

The Redskins will return the same starting line that paved the way for the NFL's top rushing offense in 2012 (Courtesy of the Washington Post)

Versatility is the name of the game as I anticipate the Redskins keeping five guards (four of which play multiple positions with Chris Chester being the exception). Lichtensteiger, LiRibeus and Gettis can play both guard spots and center. Hurt can slide out and play right tackle in a pinch.

Center (1)

*Will Montgomery

On The Bubble: None

Will Montgomery played at an All-Pro level last season with little fanfare. I don't foresee any player on the roster removing Monty from his starting role barring injury. 

SPECIALISTS (3)

*Sav Rocca, *Kai Forbath, *Nick Sundberg

The 2012 gang is back for more. Gone is long-time special teams coach Danny Smith, in is Keith Burns who coached with Mike Shanahan in Denver. I firmly believe the blocked kicks over the past two years are more of a scheme problem than personnel problem.

All three are healthy and trustworthy. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.