The first of three Organized Team Activities (OTA) will take place Tuesday-Thursday at Redskins Park, bringing together the returning veterans from the 2015 NFC East championship squad, free agent additions and incoming rookies. Altogether there will be around 100 players at Ashburn this week. Before making some way to early 53-man roster projections for the Washington Redskins, here is the list of offensive players expected to participate (listed alphabetically). Click here for a look at the defense.
Quarterbacks - Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld
- Only depth chart question is whether Sudfeld, a sixth round pick, secures the roster spot sitting there for him. The big picture questions involve Cousins: Will he improve on his breakout campaign and will the two sides agree on a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline?
- Still believe the Redskins add a veteran before training camp, but for now Jones is the clear lead with the shifty Thompson serving as the change-of-pace option. Marshall's speed is one of the most anticipated parts of the offseason. Kelley, a former teammate of Ryan Grant's at Tulane, is the sneaky option.
- The top four spots are locked and Ross, last season's primary kick returner, might make it a quintet sooner than later. If Grant can't turn his annual route-running hype into production, there could be a battle for the sixth receiver spot or it gets slotted elsewhere entirely.
- Until we know when Carrier might return from injury, Reed, Paul, Davis and Paulsen are the guys -- unless the final plan involves keeping just three.
Center - Josh LeRibeus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Austin Reiter
- Even though it's the same cast of characters from last season, there remains uncertainty over the plan at left guard and center. That's partly due to wondering if Long starts at one or the other or either. Washington didn't draft a center this season, but took Reiter late in 2015. On the practice squad most of last season, he's the best bet to snag a roster spot among the inside outsiders. Cofield, on of only two players to last all of last season on the practice squad, has a real shot at sticking on the main roster this year.
Here's the incredibly early and therefore likely super silly 53-man roster predictions. Starters in italics.
QB (3) - Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld
RB (4) - Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Keith Marshall, TBD/free agent
WR (5) - DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross
TE (3) - Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Vernon Davis
OL (10) - Kory Lichtensteiger, Josh LeRibeus; Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao, Arie Kouandjio; Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Takoby Cofield
* In general, I'm leaning toward maximizing the offensive line whenever possible. If that means keeping five reserves because the coaches believe Kouandjio and Cofield are future contributors, because Long might be the future starting center, but for now he needs to play left guard so we're keeping extras inside, so be it. The fourth TE and sixth receiver would be a practice squader in this case while the fourth runner (Arian Foster? Chris Polk?) isn't currently on the roster.
Offseason dates of interest
OTA: May 24-26; May 31-June 2; June 6-9
Mandatory minicamp: June 14-16
Deadline for Kirk Cousins contract extension: July 15
Training camp: Expected to start on July 27 in Richmond
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