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Monday, August 18, 2014
Washington Redskins' projected roster

By John Keim

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 (4)
Chris Thompson needs to return soon or he'll be gone. But Seastrunk has a lot -- a lot -- to prove in the pass game, from catching the ball to protection. Silas Redd could make it more interesting with a solid game against Cleveland. And if they want the guy more ready to play now they'll take Evan Royster. Problem is, he lacks the sort of speed and dynamic ability they want out of this role. This remains fluid and the next three games will determine a lot.

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 then 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 year so they can afford to keep him on the practice squad.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

I wish this could be done Tuesday after a second preseason game so this could look a little different next week (with two games to judge players in that span). So, for now, I'll stick with last week's selections. I'm leaning toward putting tackle Tom Compton back on the list -- coaches felt he was the best of the second unit last week. Josh LeRibeus did not have the sort of night to match the storyline of his big redemption tour. Another up-and-down night against the Browns and I'll take him off -- I'll do it, I tell ya. But will they really keep four tackles? Still, LeRibeus did not play well enough and is now doing so for a new head coach who did not draft him. Pick it up, son.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)

Bowen is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season; we'll see. The coaches don't know if that's the case yet so he could end up on the physically unable to perform list. If he doesn't return this week, that's where I'll have him next week with Clifton Geathers taking his place. The big fella doesn't move well but can eat up space.

LINEBACKERS (9)

Nothing has changed here. 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. But, for now, this group stays the same.

CORNERBACKS (5)

Another easy position considering I think they'll only keep five players here with Chase Minnifield still eligible for the practice squad. I've always been a fan of Richard Crawford, whom I consider a future coach. But he's still working his way back from last year's knee injury. Breeland didn't have a good week off the field -- be smart young man -- but continues to impress on the field and excites them about his future.

SAFETIES (5)

Still not sold they'll keep five here. Robinson flies around and plays to contact; tough to leave a guy like that off the roster. But can he help you from scrimmage or is he just a special teamer? He might be tough to keep. Rambo was more aggressive last week, so if that continues against Cleveland he'll strengthen his case. With questions about Clark and Meriweather lasting all 16 games they really need stronger backups.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Considering they've done nothing, there's no reason to change here. The games will dictate the winner.