53-Man Survivor Update 8.04.05

Our second look at who we think will make the final 53-man roster for the Redskins. As we're a few days into practice now, we've added the Skins Stock Market section so that you can see whose chances of getting on the the final roster are rising and falling.

53 MAN ROSTER PREDICTION

OFFENSE

QB's (3) – Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell
RB's (4) – Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Nehemiah Broughton, Rock Cartwright
WR's (5) – Santana Moss, David Patten, Taylor Jacobs, James Thrash, Antonio Brown
TE's/H-backs (5) – Robert Royal, Chris Cooley, Mike Sellers, Manuel White, Billy Baber
OL (9)Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Randy Thomas, Jon Jansen, Ray Brown, Jim Molinaro, Mark Wilson, Cory Raymer

DEFENSE

DL (8)Renaldo Wynn, Brandon Noble, Cornelius Griffin, Phillip Daniels, Joe Savale'a, Demetric Evans, Ron Warner, Ryan Boschetti
LB's (7)Lavar Arrington, Marcus Washington, Warrick Holdman, Lemar Marshall, Robert McCune, Chris Clemons, Jared Newberry
CB's (5)Shawn Springs, Walt Harris, Carlos Rodgers, Garnell Wilds, Artrell Hawkins
S's (4)Sean Taylor, Matt Bowen, Ryan Clark, Pierson Prioleau

SPECIAL TEAMS

LS (1) Ethan Albright
K (1)John Hall
P (1) – Tom Tupa

Last Five On

Last Five Off

Billy Baber TE

Brian Kozlowski TE

It is a sad indictment on the talent level and depth at blocking TE when the two guys fighting for the backup job are Billy Baber and Brian Kozlowski. Kozlowski was allowed to leave after 2004 because he played in only a handful of games and performed poorly, dropping easy catches. At this point undrafted rookie Billy Palmer has not made much of an impression in challenging for this spot. I think that we may see a veteran acquisition here in the next week or so. Keep an eye on the Saints Boo Williams.

Jared Newberry LB

Clifton Smith LB

With Chris Clemons almost assured of a spot, the last position comes down to a handful of LB's. 6th round pick Jared Newberry is barely holding on to the last spot at the time of this report, the reason being that Clifton Smith is continuing to impress the defensive staff now the pads are on. The young players have pushed themselves in front of experienced duo of Brian Allen and Khary Campbell, making Allen expendable already.

Artrell Hawkins CB

Rufus Brown CB

This battle comes down to whether the Skins want another young player on their CB depth chart or an experienced veteran. Given that the Skins have young players in Rogers and probably Wilds holding down two of the 5 spots, Brown is still eligible for the practice squad and Hawkins is a very good ST's player, then Hawkins will win the last spot on the depth chart.

Cory Raymer C

Lennie Freidman C

Neither of these guys impressed at C last year and they both have been hard to make a case for as the backup to Casey Rabach. Signing a vet backup C or putting faith in young guys like Nowland or Warner are not beyond the realms of possibility but for now, Raymer keeps the roster spot because he played better than Freidman last year (for what that is worth).

Ryan Boschetti DL

Charles Howard DL

Ryan Boschetti played in a couple of games last year as an undrafted rookie free agent and impressed the coaching staff, and he has the versatility of being able to play tackle or end. However, the defensive staff have also been impressed with another undrafted rookie free agent from 2005, DE Charles Howard. Boschetti has the edge coming into camp, but this is the type of battle between two relatively raw but talented young players that is worth watching.


THE SKINS STOCK MARKET
RISING STOCKS

  1. WR/KR/PR Antonio Brown – has all but assured himself a roster spot after three days, with some excellent work on returns and as a receiver. Brown has gotten big raps from Joe Gibbs. "He has looked extremely good at receiver," said Gibbs. "I've been super-impressed with him. He's probably caught as many deep balls as anybody out there. He has to be one of the fastest players in the NFL." That's essential for a player in the latter part of the roster. Brown is super fast, has some moves and has shown he has decent if not totally reliable hands at this stage.
  2. LB's Chris Clemons and Clifton Smith – Some doubted their ability to make the roster in the earlier offseason – particularly Smith - but our sources at camp have indicated quite clearly that both these lads are ahead of Khary Campbell, Brandon Barnes, just about past 6th rounder Jared Newberry and made ST's ace Brian Allen expendable. Dale Lindsay and Greg Blache are very impressed by the improvement in Clemons pass rush technique, while Smith continues to show improvement and keep the heat on Lemar Marshall in the middle.
  3. P Andy Groom – Groom has been booming punts early in training camp and offers real competition to veteran Tommy Tupa. However, there is more to punting than just kicking over a distance. Hang time, directional kicking and the ability to do this under game conditions all come into play. This will be an interesting competition when we get to preseason games.
  4. QB Bryson Spinner – while no one expects this guy to make the roster in front of Ramsey. Campbell and Brunell (although some may argue on the latter), Spinner has impressed the Redskin coaches with his strong arm and good technique. Spinner might be playing himself onto the practice squad for 2005.

 

FALLING STOCKS

 

1.      WR Kevin Dyson – our sources tell us that Dyson has done little to help his cause to make the final roster with some very average displays at camp so far. He's probably dropped below McCants on the depth chart after the first three days.

2.      OT Mark Wilson – has been having trouble developing his protection techniques, regularly getting pushed back into the pocket and the QB. Given that Jim Molinaro has looked the much better prospect at OT – and has more versatility being able to play both tackle spots and even Guard - could spell the beginning of the end for Wilson.

3.      CB Ade Jimoh – fans have been trying to get rid of this guy for two years, and at last we may get our wish. Good ST's play has seen Jimoh survive two roster purges in two season, but with the talent at ST's being greatly upgraded this offseason, Jimoh becomes expendable. In camp so far we have seen and heard reports of him being regularly burned by receivers, so his days are well and truly numbered.


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