Redskins roster: Comparing final 53 with Breaking Burgundy's projections

We examine the 53 players left on the Redskins and ponder what the decisions mean.

We spent the morning largely focusing on who didn't make the initial 53-man roster for the Washington Redskins. Here's a look at who did and how this group compares to the final Breaking Burgundy projections on offense and defense.

* Note that making it past final cuts doesn't automatically mean a spot on the Week 1 roster. More moves could happen as the Redskins scan league-wide transactions.

Quarterback (3)Kirk CousinsColt McCoyNate Sudfeld

BB projection: Same

Explained the thinking but keeping Sudfeld here. It's a long-term thing.

Running back (3)Matt JonesChris ThompsonRobert Kelley

BB projection: Same

Mack Brown rocked the finale, but Kelley impressed enough for team to only keep three for now. That Jones (shoulder) appears set for Week 1 also hurt Brown's cause, but we'll see if the Redskins can sneak him onto the 10-man practice squad. Seems dicey based on my initial discussions after his release.

Wide receiver (6): DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross

BB projection: Same

In the end, it's the same group of six most assumed would stick months back.Maurice Harris, Kendal Thompson and T.J. Thorpe pushed hard, but Ross pushed back with three preseason touchdowns.

Tight end (3)Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Vernon Davis

BB projection: Same

Logan Paulsen hurt by strong trio ahead of him, roster needs elsewhere. That simple. Also, Derek Carrier is eligible off PUP by Week 7, meaning another option if needed.

Offensive line (9) -- Trent WilliamsSpencer Long, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty NsekheShawn LauvaoArie KouandjioAustin Reiter.

BB projection: Same

Switched final spot from OT Takoby Cofield to Reiter in this final projection. Source indicated Reiter was good as long as he didn't botch finale. They were right. Spencer Long's injury also played a factor. Cofield seems like an obvious PS candidate if he clears waivers.

Defensive line (6) -- Chris Baker, Kendall Reyes, Ricky Jean Francois, Ziggy HoodKedric GolstonAnthony Lanier

BB projection: First five same. Had Jenkins over Anthony Lanier.

Turns out the Redskins weren't cool going with a 35-year-old Jenkins and Golston (33) afterall. Lanier emerged as the summer progressed with his active play and flat out took a job many assumed was there for fifth rounder Matt Ioannidis. This remains the shakiest unit on the roster. Who even starts next to Baker Week 1? Don't expect this group to remain intact all season. Ioannidis and Corey Crawford could both land on the PS.

Linebacker (9) -- Ryan KerriganPreston SmithWill ComptonMason Foster, Houston Bates, Su'a Cravens, Terence GarvinTrent MurphyMartrell Spaight

BB projection: Same

This group of nine remained the same long before Washington released Perry Riley. Garvin's special teams prowess and defensive hustle locked him in. Bates might be shakiest if Redskins find OLB help on waivers.

Defensive backs (11) -- Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, DeAngelo Hall, David Bruton, Dashaun Phillips, Quinton Dunbar, Kendall Fuller, Greg Toler, Will Blackmon, Duke Ihenacho, DeShazor Everett

BB projection: Same

Breaks down into six corners, which has been assumed for weeks, and five safeties. Going with 11 defensive backs is perhaps extreme, but Everett, a key on special teams, became a must-keep after his spirited play in recent weeks on defense.

Specialists (3) -- Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, Nick Sundberg

BB projection: Same

Breakdown: Offense (24), Defense (26), Special Teams (3)

Breaking Burgundy projection: 52 of 53

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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