Projecting Ideal Redskins Practice Squad With Positions and Players

There are positions needed and several desired players. Ben Standig examines the Redskins' practice squad options with both parameters and insight in mind.

The Washington Redskins can start filling out their 10-man practice squad on Sunday at 12 p.m. That means adding specific players, but also certain positions.

As a reminder, here's how the 53-man roster breaks down by position as of Saturday night after Washington cut 22 players: QB (3), RB (3), WR (6), TE (3), OL (9), DL (6), LB (9), CB (6), S (5), ST (3). That's 24 on offense, 26 on defense. 

Just in terms of position, here's what would be a good position breakdown for the practice squad. As a reminder, players on the PS can practice with the regular team, but also can be scooped up by other teams looking to put them on their 53-man roster.

Running back (1)

Wide receiver (1)

Tight end (1)

Offensive line (2)

Defensive line (2)

Outside linebacker (1)

Defensive backs (1)

Random (1)

* The current roster is at the bare minimum at running back and tight end. ... Anthony Lanier is the only young defensive lineman so adding some prospects is ideal especially since the unit s the shakiest on the roster. ... Everything else would primarily center on depth.

Now, in terms of players, here are the better options among the 22 released by the team who are eligible for the PS:

RB Mack Brown

FB Joe Kerridge

WR Kendal Thompson

OG Nila Kasitati

OT Takoby Cofield

DE Corey Crawford

DL Matt Ioannidis

OLB Lynden Trail

ILB Carlos Fields

CB Lloyd Carrington

* Sources told Breaking Burgundy that Brown, Thompson, Kasitati, Carrington, WR Maurice Harris, OT Isaiah Williams and WR T.J. Thorpe are all under PS consideration if they pas through waivers. After leading the NFL  rushing during the preseason, Brown might not be, according to a source. The Redskins will need at least RB option considering Matt Jones (sprained shoulder) and Chris Thompson were banged up at times over the previous three weeks...Cofield, who was likely the odd man out on the OL, and Crawford were the only players to remain on the practice squad all last season. ...Kerridge has been a Gruden favorite throughout the summer. Though Washington isn't carrying a fullback, Kerridge could also serve as a hedge against holding only three tight ends from a blocking standpoint. ...Harris is the best of the three receivers waived Saturday, which is why even though this is about projecting the best options, we'll just assume he's gone. Thompson's practice work helped propel the quarterback-turned-receiver into a strong summer. ...Ioannidis, Washington's fifth round pick is a no-brainer if available. That DL will likely turn into a revolving door on the back-end. ...Trail's massive size stands out as does his special teams potential. ... That there are five safeties on the main roster could keep Geno Matias-Smith off the PS.

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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