Two preseason games down, two to go. When it comes to paring down the Washington Redskins roster to a final 53 for Week 1, there are lots more numbers than just the two involved. Click here for the offense. Now, the defense and special teams, plus final cuts discussion.
* I'm combining the front seven together because they are more intertwined positionally than normal this year. Seven is arguably too many linemen. especially since Smith and Kerrigan will drop to ends in 4-3 looks, which is why I dropped one from the last projection. ... Murphy moved back to linebacker, but Gruden claims he can envision using him on the line after doing so for most of the offseason. ... Hood is making noise on the nose. Same for Garvin, whom I've moved off the roster bubble. ... Perry Riley's range remains starter to salary cap casualty. With the way the roster numbers break down and based on how Spaight, Cravens and Garvin have performed so far, it seems fair to think the Redskins can gamble on letting the experienced inside backer walk for financial savings.
Defensive back (10) -- Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, DeAngelo Hall, David Bruton, Dashaun Phillips, Quinton Dunbar, Kendall Fuller, Greg Toler, Will Blackmon, Duke Ihenacho
* Tell me who from this group isn't roster-worthy at this point and we can keep a fourth tight end or extra lineman. The six corners are making plays in camp. The four safeties all have greater challenges, whether transitioning to a new position or staying healthy. There are interesting options, such as Lloyd Carrington and Deshazor Everett, who in most years would receive a real sleeper tag. There's just no room at the inn right now unless the team wants youth rather than three safeties 29 or older.
Specialists (3) -- Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, Nick Sundberg
* Nothing to see here.
Breakdown: Offense (25), Defense (25), Special Teams (3)
Changes: In (4th running back), Out (Kedric Golston)
Final decision: Cofield, Bates, 4th running back over Golston, Paulsen
Last cuts: DT Kedric Golston, ILB Perry Riley, TE Logan Paulsen, RB Keith Marshall/RB Mack Brown
* Training camp and the preseason are nearly in the books and yet 33-year-old Golston remains high in the rotation despite not having been for much of his career. This remains odd and probably says more about what else the Redskins have inside, talent-wise. The thing is Golston has been on the roster's edge or years. If the final factor is the locker room vibe, he's in. If Hood shows enough, the Redskins could instead pick the former first-round pick, who is also four years younger. They could also go for a growing offensive lineman (Cofield) or RB help or linebacker depth (Bates). They could and arguably should keep tabs on the free agent market as well. At the very least, we should wonder why Paea isn't jumping Golston in the rotation if he hasn't by Friday's game. If he doesn't, then a different veteran lineman could be on this list. The Redskins could always bring Golston back after Week 1.
Practice squad (Can hold 10): RB Keith Marshall/Mack Brown/Joe Kerridge (pick 2), WR Maurice Harris, WR Kendal Thompson, OT Al Bond, LB Lynden Trail, CB Lloyd Carrington, S Deshazor Everett, S Geno Matias-Smith. ... Would possibly add a tight end if only three make the 53-man roster.
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