Washington Redskins' projected roster

August, 25, 2014
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Examining the Washington Redskins' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Jay Gruden only had two quarterbacks in each of his three seasons with Cincinnati, but Griffin still needs to prove his durability. Plus they like McCoy. So nothing has changed since the original posting. If something happened to Griffin, they would still be in good shape with Cousins and McCoy. If they go with two, then McCoy gets left off.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

This is, by far, the hardest one to determine. They really like Thompson, but his durability is a major issue. If he had stayed healthy, he'd definitely make the roster. Now? I'm banking on his return and a good final game -- otherwise: Practice squad. I can tell you they really have no idea what they're going to do here. While Royster has been productive, his lack of speed is an issue. I like him, but if you keep Royster and Silas Redd, you don't have the backfield you want. There's a reason they like Thompson and drafted Seastrunk. Redd has worked ahead of Lache Seastrunk all summer. However, Seastrunk is far behind in the pass game. I don't think anyone would pick up Thompson, which could factor into the decision. But Seastrunk hasn't shown enough to win a roster spot. It's that simple.

RECEIVERS (6)

Nothing has changed. Leonard Hankerson still doesn't seem close to returning. Hard to imagine he'd not only be cleared in the next two weeks, but also ready for the start of the season. The group of six I have listed have been clearly ahead of the rest.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

All three have appeared to have strong summers while rookie Ted Bolser has had ups-and-downs. They don't need him this season, so they can afford to keep him on the practice squad.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

This one will be interesting. I've gone back and forth with nine or 10 at this spot, but as the summer developed this did not look like a unit that warranted an extra man. I'm keeping four tackles, which is necessary if Moses has to miss even a couple weeks. I also wonder what they were doing by using Chester at center along with Long at right guard against the Ravens for a series. Chester has worked very little at center since joining the Redskins, though he's taken snaps at the spot in some individual drills this summer. Mike McGlynn has not impressed. LeRibeus was off last week. It's not as if he's been tearing it up in games so I'm not quite sure why I put him back on. He needed to play better so perhaps McGlynn would edge him -- or, dare I say it, Maurice Hurt?

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)

Everything depends on Stephen Bowen's health. The Redskins aren't sure when he'll return and that means there's a chance he'll be on the PUP list to open the season. But if they feel he could return a couple weeks into the season then they could always keep someone extra here. There's a chance of that happening. Geathers is a space eater, but does not move well. Another end who has flashed on occasion, at least in practice, is end Frank Kearse. But Geathers was sought in free agency.

LINEBACKERS (9)

Brown has a small edge over Gabe Miller in part because the latter still has practice-squad eligibility. So the Redskins could cut him and possibly keep him around on the practice squad. Their battle is very, very close so it really could go either way. Sharpton's high ankle sprain makes him interesting, and he must do a better job in what he's asked to do. But he's on the roster for now. If he somehow has to be out a while then Akeem Jordan will get the nod here.

CORNERBACKS (5)

It will be difficult for Chase Minnifield and/or Richard Crawford to make the final roster. But it's not an impossible task. However, it would take dissatisfaction with Porter. Still, Porter can play the slot and the rookie Breeland is not ready for that role on a full-time basis yet. They could keep both Minnifield and Crawford on the practice squad, though the former could be picked up elsewhere.

SAFETIES (4)

I've gone back and forth with five or four at this position. I'm back on four and I don't know why. I like Trenton Robinson, but they could stash him on the practice squad. With Meriweather having issues with hitting -- which could eventually lead to a suspension -- it makes sense to have an extra guy here -- or at least have a viable option on the practice squad. Going with four is a bit questionable. But I think they'll want this extra spot for a player at another position.

SPECIALISTS (3)

I really don't like this kicking competition at all. Very close. Malone hasn't been great, but newcomer Tress Way is not a better option. If Malone gets cut it would be in favor of a punter currently with another team.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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