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Snap judgements: Redskins use preseason finale to put finishing touches on roster

With at least 22 roster transaction looming in the coming days, the final preseason game gives insight on what those moves may be.

Here's a look at who played lots, some and just a little in the Washington Redskins' preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Most of all, here's what any of the snap counts mean ahead of the looming cutdown day. NFL teams must drop their roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. 

* Over a third of the roster recorded zero snaps in the preseason finale as they were not even in the same state. Around 25 Redskins players stayed back in Virginia to attend the team's annual Welcome Home Luncheon with alumni, which guarantees their roster spot.

* Although they were in Tampa, defensive linemen Ricky Jean Francois and Kendall Reyes did not play, which also suggests their lock status in making the Week 1 roster. Continuing the trend of those who played little making the team, Will Blackmon (3), Trent Murphy (9), and Ty Nsekhe (13) are almost guaranteed to suit up against Pittsburgh on September 12th.

* Four offensive players went the distance as Washington coaches wanted to get a good look at center Austin Reiter, guard Arie Kouandjio, tackle Takoby Cofield, and quarterback Nate Sudfeld. I agree with Breaking Burgundy's offensive roster projection that Kouandjio and Sudfeld make the team, but am skeptical about Cofield. Reiter might also be a dark horse to make the team after a strong showing on Wednesday, especially after the Bryan Stork trade fell through.

* Running backs Robert Kelley (30) and Mack Brown (31) nearly perfectly split carries during heavy downpours of rain and each made strong pushes to make the team. Kelley is nearly a lock following Keith Marshall's season-ending elbow injury and Brown may have done just enough to avoid the waiver list. Brown's chance fluctuates based on Matt Jones recovery timeline from an AC joint, shoulder sprain.

* Safety Deshazor Everett (67) and defensive lineman Anthony Lanier (58) played the most on defense as they fight for their roster spot lives. Everett is also a special teams stud but may not be able to warrant Washington keeping him as an 11th defensive back. Lanier has emerged after a strong training camp as a potential rotation player in the trenches but he may have to beat out fifth round pick Matt Ioannidis for the Week 1 spot. Both may be claimed off waivers by other teams if let go, which "speaks volumes" about the Redskins depth according to head coach Jay Gruden.

* Washington is probably going to stash a defensive back or two on their 10-man practice squad as developmental projects. That individual or individuals could include the trio of defenders that played 44 snaps on defense: Geno Matias-Smith, Lloyd Carrington, and Mariel Cooper. None of the three are expected to challenge for an active roster spot, but that does not mean the Redskins coaches were not paying extra close attention to them. Matias-Smith hails from Alabama so he has to have some talent, Carrington was general manager Scot McCloughan's player to watch early in the offseason, while Cooper has showed flashes in the slot. Expect at least one of these players to make the Redskins practice squad assuming they are not poached off waivers.

Full snap counts courtesy of

Offense (61 snaps)

--Austin Reiter 61 

--Arie Kouandjio 61

--Takoby Cofield 61

--Nate Sudfeld 61 

--Maurice Harris 46 

--Rashad Ross 43 

--T.J. Thorpe 43 

--Logan Paulsen 42 

--Nila Kasitati 40 

--Marcel Jensen 32 

--Robert Kelley 31 

--Mack Brown 30 

--Vinston Painter 26 

--Isaiah Williams 22 

--Kendal Thompson 21 

--Josh LeRibeus 21 

--Joe Kerridge 17 

--Ty Nsekhe 13

Defense (70 snaps)

--Deshazor Everett 67 

--Anthony Lanier 58 

--Terence Garvin 57 

--Kendall Fuller 55 

--Houston Bates 49 

--Corey Crawford 46 

--Carlos Fields 44 

--Geno Matias-Smith 44 

--Lloyd Carrington 44 

--Mariel Cooper 44 

--Mike Wakefield 41 

--Lynden Trail 41 

--Martrell Spaight 26 

--Duke Ihenacho 26 

--Quinton Dunbar 26 

--Jerrell Powe 25 

--Matt Ioannidis 21 

--Cullen Jenkins 18 

--Su'a Cravens 13 

--Dashaun Phillips 13 

--Trent Murphy 9 

--Will Blackmon 3

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