Early Redskins 53-man roster projections

From the order of the quarterbacks to the big uglies tasked with protecting them, a look at the offensive players projected for the Redskins' Week 1 roster.

All the practices are done. Nothing remains until training camp starts July 30 in Richmond. With so much time in between, let the final roster speculation begin. Starting with the offensive positions, here's an early projection for the Week 1 53-man roster.

Quarterback (3): Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

Barring the unforeseen injury or Jeff George's return to football, that's it, that's the list of Week 1 quarterbacks. As for the order, hard imagining the organization now allowing RG3 to enter the season as the starter even if his penchant for holding onto the ball too long remains. Would love to see how Cousins fairs with an open competition.

Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Matt Jones, Silas Redd, Darrell Young

Jones received ample work with the first unit during the second day of mini-camp, but coach Jay Gruden said nobody should put much meaning into that other than the rookie needed reps. Fair enough. The battle between Redd and Chris Thompson for one spot should make for an exciting duel.

Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Grant, Andre Roberts, Jamison Crowder, Evan Spencer

Two items to note here: Grant ahead of Roberts and two rookies among the half-dozen receivers. Gruden gushed over Grant during mini-camp, specifically his willingness to use the 2014 fifth-round pick all over the field. If the love affair continues in training camp, the 6-foot target could indeed pass Robert on the depth chart. Crowder is a roster lock, while Evan Spencer must beat out some interesting options, including Rashad Ross. Special teams play becomes a factor for the sixth slot.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen

When healthy, Reed is the best pass-catching option. Staying healthy is the biggest issue. He recently underwent a knee procedure which kept off the field. This is after missing 12 games the past two seasons. Paul, now a TE for the second straight season, enters 2015 with a strong chance of taking control of the job.

Offensive line (10): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Tom Compton, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Morgan Moses, Willie Smith

For now we'll just assume Williams won't miss any more time with a sprained ankle that kept him off the field throughout OTAs and mini-camp. Nobody wants to imagine the offense without the Pro Bowl left tackle. Other than Williams and Lichtensteiger, uncertainty exists all over the line, especially at guard and with the backups. Granted, the Redskins invested free agent dollars into Lauvao and spent high picks on Long and LeRibeus, but it does surprise some that the organization felt comfortable enough with those guard options heading into camp. This is the unit to watch come training camp. If overall improvement doesn't take place, Griffin will be running out of the pocket because he'll have no choice.

Up next, a look at the defense.


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