Breaking Down the Redskins 53-man Roster

The 2019-20 NFL regular season offically kicks off tonight and like other teams, the Redskins had to trim their roster down to 53 players this past weekend. Here’s a breakdown of the team’s initial 53-man roster ahead of Sunday’s season opener against the Eagles.

Quarterback (3): Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, Colt McCoy

Case Keenum was named the starter for Week 1 after he outperformed Dwayne Haskins during the preseason. Unless Keenum gets hurt or does horrible, do not expect to see Haskins take the field that often. Colt McCoy is still rehabbing from his broken leg suffered late last season and was not even considered to win the starting job. It will be interesting to see if Keenum can relive some of the magic he had when he was with Minnesota with all of the weapons Washington has put around him.

Running Back (5): Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Shaun Wilson

Washington has a very solid group of running backs. Both Peterson and Thompson have shown they can complement each other nicely. Now you can throw in a healthy Derrius Guice in the mix and things get even better. Guice missed his whole rookie year with a torn ACL and is expected to be the bell cow back for the Redskins this season. Most teams in the NFL now have two good running backs but with the addition of Guice, Washington now has three.

Wide Receiver (7): Paul Richardson Jr., Trey Quinn, Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, Robert Davis, Steven Sims Jr.

One name left off of this list is Josh Doctson. Doctson was finally cut after his unimpressive career in Washington. Now, the Redskins will have to depend on rookies and emerging players to boost their passing game. The team’s rookie wideout tandem, Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon, are expected to have a big role in this year’s offense. Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn are returning starters who should get a majority of the targets.

Tight End (3): Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

Washington keeping only three tight ends is a bit of a surprise considering Jordan Reed’s health struggles and Vernon Davis is now 35 years old. Although Reed is injury prone and Davis is getting up there in age, whenever they are on the field they give the quarterback a reliable and dangerous threat. Sprinkle, on the other hand, gives the Redskins an extra blocker on running downs and a good possession receiver.

Offensive Line (9): Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Chase Roullier, Ereck Flowers, Donald Penn, Tony Bergstrom, Ross Pierschbacher, Geron Christian, Wes Martin

One name left off this list is franchise left tackle Trent Williams. Williams is not only holding out for a new deal but has stressed his disappointment with the Redskins franchise and medical staff. Neither Donald Penn or Ereck Flowers is as good as Williams, which will definitely impact the offensive line this season. Outside of missing Williams, Washington has a pretty solid offensive line that could be top-10 in the NFL.

Defensive Line (5): Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Caleb Brantley, Tim Settle

The defensive line is headlined by former Crimson Tide players, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. Allen, coming off of a breakout year, and Payne, coming off a stellar rookie season, look to not only improve their individual game but the defense as a whole, too. A sleeper player on this line is Matt Ioannidis. Matt is coming off of a sneaky good season with 31 total tackles and 7.5 sacks. With Allen, Payne, and Ioannidis all coming back, Washington has the potential of having one of the better defensive lines in the NFL.

Outside Linebacker (5): Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, Ryan Anderson, Cassanova McKinzy, Jordan Brailford

Outside linebacker has potential to be Washington’s best position group this year. Both Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson are respected players when it comes to rushing the passer and stopping the run. Adding first-round pick Montez Sweat to the roster makes the position group that much better. McKinzy and Brailford also add good depth so Washington can keep their players fresh.

Middle Linebacker (4): Jon Bostic, Cole Holcomb, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons

Middle linebacker might be the youngest position group Washington has. Outside of Jon Bostic, Washington has no middle linebacker over the age of 25. Bostic will be a leader on this defense due to his veteran presence. As of right now, Shaun Dion Hamilton is the starter next to Bostic.  Holcomb and Harvey-Clemons should all get playing time as well, especially on obvious passing downs.

Cornerback (6): Josh Norman, Jimmy Moreland, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Quinton Dunbar, Greg Stroman, Fabian Moreau

The Redskins have a sneaky good group of corners. Josh Norman is still an above-average corner, Quinton Dunbar is a young and emerging corner and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie adds solid depth to a solid group of corners. The biggest name to watch is rookie Jimmy Moreland. Moreland, a 7th round pick in this year’s draft, was a star in OTA’s and training camp and could potentially push for a starting spot this year.

Safety (4): Landon Collins, Montae Nicholson, Troy Apke, Deshazor Everett

Landon Collins was Washington’s biggest addition this past offseason. Adding a player of Collins’ caliber will make teams change how they attack Washington’s defense. Montae Nicholson is the projected starter opposite of Collins. After dealing with legal issues all last season, Nicholson is going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season. If needed, both Apke and Everett have the talent to fill in for either Collins or Nicolson.

Special Teams (3): Tress Way, Dustin Hopkins, Nick Sundberg

Washington’s special teams crew of Tress Way, Dustin Hopkins, and Nick Sundberg are staying together. The three players have all been together since the 2014-2015 season.



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