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Hoffman's 53-man roster projection

August 30, 2018 - 11:23 pm

The Redskins have to cut their roster from 90 to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. It's vital to remember that this doesn't mean these 53 players fly to Arizona. There could be a trade. There will definitely be a free agent or two signed. Without going too far off the deep end with that stuff, here's what we think the roster will look like at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

QB (2)

Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

Analysis: McCoy's hand is good enough that keeping two is all they need. Look for a practice squad quarterback to help practices flow and maybe to develop.

RB (4)

Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs

Analysis: Gruden always wanted a running back to back up Thompson and with Bibbs having a monster game in blitz pick up, not to mention a few big receptions for first down conversions, he seems to have a prime candidate. Kelley beats out Samaje Perine, who beat himself by fumbling again. 

TE (4)

Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle, JP Holtz

Analysis: Holtz?! Holtz! The mid-August addition makes the team thanks to his stellar blocking as a fullback and a touchdown catch in the preseason finale. This is the prediction I feel worst about, but I feel like he's earned it and they will reward him.

WR (6)

Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Trey Quinn, Maurice Harris, Cam Sims

Analysis: Sims beats out Brian Quick for the final spot thanks to his special teams play, versatility and upside. Neither was spectacular Thursday. Traits win. The one caveat here is Harris has been missing the last few weeks thanks to a concussion and an ankle injury. If he's not ready, things change, but I've been told he's done enough to make this team. 

OL (8)

Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tony Bergstrom, 

Analysis: There very well could be a ninth offensive lineman added, but he is not on this team. The eight there are their seven best and their third-round draft pick in Christian. Nsekhe and Bergstrom can play guard, although their natural positions are tackle and center. Expect another guard to come in from the outside. 

DL (6)

Jon Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Ziggy Hood, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle

Analysis: These are their six best. Phil Taylor is close, but the numbers aren't in his favor.  

OLB (5)

Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Pernell McPhee, Ryan Anderson, Pete Robertson

Analysis: Robertson has burst that Anderson and McPhee lack, and he's a special teams impact. I think that gets him on the roster. 

ILB (5)

Mason Foster, Zach Brown, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Zach Vigil

Analysis: Vigil beats out Spaight for the last spot. Last year it was the other way around and Vigil was brought back after injuries and played really well. That has to matter.  

CB (6)

Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Adonis Alexander, Danny Johnson, Greg Stroman

Analysis: This has been crystalized since Orlando Scandrick was cut. The only thing I could see changing is Johnson or Stroman being caught in a numbers game and an attempt to get them to the practice squad. I think that would be Johnson because he's an undrafted free agent, even though he's probably ahead on the depth chart based on his play. 

S (4)

DJ Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, Dashazor Everett, Troy Apke

Analysis: I'm tempted to go for it and cut Apke, who is not ready to play in the NFL but I'm trying to be right and I don't think they do it. If they do, it'll be Kenny Ladler. 

Specialists (3)

Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, Nick Sundberg

Analysis: Duh.

Let the waiver mayhem begin. 


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