Bold denotes starter
QB (2) Alex Smith, Colt McCoy
If OTAs and minicamp are any indication, the Redskins could not possible justify keeping Kevin Hogan on the roster.
RB (4) Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Semaje Perine, Martez Carter
Derrius Guice & Chris Thompson look like one of the most intriguing 1-2 punches in the NFL. Semaje Perine, despite his underwhelming rookie campaign, is safe as a 4th round pick last spring. Unless he gets thoroughly outplayed, he is going to make the team. Rob Kelley is one of Gruden's favorites and Kapri Bibbs showed out late last season, but look out for the kid Martez Carter out of Grambling. He is explosive as a runner, has great hands as a receiver and is a plus player in the return game, which gives him extra value. I wouldn't be shocked to see him pull the upset and grab a roster spot.
WR (6) Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn, Robert Davis, Maurice Harris
For better or worse, Doctson, Crowder and Richardson will be the starters at wide out. Full of potential and full of question marks, only time will tell how good they'll be. Freak athlete & combine standout Robert Davis didn't show enough as a wide receiver prospect to stay on the 53 last summer. That'll change this year with a full offseason to hone his skills. His size/speed/weight alone makes him a better special teams candidate than incumbent Brian Quick. Trey Quinn is especially Ryan Grant 2.0.
TE (3) Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
With Niles Paul gone, this unit seems to be set in stone. Barring an injury between now and September 9th (knock on all the wood), this will be the group.
OL (9) Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvoa, Chase Rouliier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Geron Christian, Ty Nsekhe, Kyle Kalis, Tony Bergstrom
This group worries me the most heading into camp. Their starting five is one of the NFL's finest, but their depth is concerning. Due to a lack of quality reserves, a slew of injuries on the offensive line helped tank their season and the Redskins did little to fix that. Especially on the interior. Spencer Long is gone, and Arie Kouandijo is done for the season already. Ty Nsekhe will have to be the top backup every position minus center. That doesn't bode well.
DL: (7) Jonathan Allen, Da'Ron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, Anthony Lanier, Stacy McGee, Ziggy Hood
In a matter for 24 months, this group has gone from the weakness of the team, to possibly their greatest strength. Layered with young talent, I expect Allen, Payne, Ioannidis, McGee & Settle to occupy the every down rotation with Lanier chipping in as an interior pass-rush specialist. Ziggy Hood is a good piece to have as an end of the rotation piece that can play every position. I think he edges out oft injured Phil Taylor.
OLB (4) Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson, Pernell McPhee
This is the most underrated group on the team & could have a huge impact. I expect Preston Smith to have a monster contract season and Ryan Kerrigan to continue to be the steady force hes been for years. Ryan Anderson is in better shape and should finally have an impact in year two and a healthy Pernell McPhee is one of the best edge run stuffers in the league. Unless the Redskins decide to bring back Junior Galette, this group is set, as well.
ILB (5) Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Zach Vigil, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons
Mason Foster and Zach Brown will be the starters again, but I expect to see alot of JHC in sub packages, especially on passing downs. He has very desirable length & range for a coverage linebacker. Shaun Dion Hamilton is the wild card of the group. If healthy (something he couldn't do at Alabama), he will be very good. I went back & forth on Zach Vigil , but I think he will get the edge over Martrell Spaight & Pete Robinson. He played admirably when forced into spot duty last December. Although I like Spaight still, he was the previous GM's draft pick. I could see him getting axed come cutdown day.
CB (6) Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Orlando Scandrick, Greg Stroman, Fabian Moreau, Adonis Alexander
While defensive line is the most talented group on the team, cornerback is probably the deepest. Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar and Orlando Scandrick should start, but I see Fabian Moreau pushing for a lot of playing time sooner than later. I wound't even be surprised to see him supplant Scandrick at some point during the season. After that, it gets a little hairy. You have Stroman, Hosley & Alexander competing for a maximum of two spots, maybe even one. Hosley's unfortunate freak injury the day before camp might make the decision a little easier. Plus Stroman offers value as a punt returner and Alexander offers value as a combo safety.
S (4) Montae Nicholson, DJ Swearinger, Troy Apke, Deshazor Everett
It is possible that Fish Smithson could contend with Everett, but I would seriously doubt that. Everett has been decent starter in a pinch and is a good special teams player. The only thing that could possibly shake this group up is an injury or is if Adonis Alexander is officially listed as a safety.
Specialists (3) Tress Way, Nick Sundberg, Dustin Hopkins
Wouldn't have minded seeing the Redskins bring in competition for Dustin Hopkins. But they didn't.
MEDIA ROUNDUP 7.26.2018
THE INNER LOOP
It only took the most injury filled season in Redskins history for them to step into 21st century methods of healing & muscles recovery.
Officially official. Quinton Dunbar will wear jersey No. 23 this season.
Kay Adams & the cast of Good Morning Football stan openly for the Redskins running back duo of Derrius Guice & Chris Thompson
A lot of pundits are sleeping on the Redskins this year. Louis Riddick isn't one of them.