CPND 53 Man Survivor: 8-11-2008

Well we're a two games into the preseason and the 80 players are fighting it out for the final 53 places that will see them come out of camp as members of the Redskins. Eight others will make the practice squad. It's a zero-sum game; every job a player wins means that another has lost his.

Here, WarpathInsiders.com fearlessly predicts who will survive the dreaded Turk and emerge as one of the final 53 men standing. This is the second in a series of predictions that will be updated regularly.



QB's (3) – Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Colt Brennan

RB's (4) – Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Marcus Mason

FB's (1) – Mike Sellers

WR's (5) – Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, James Thrash

TE's (3) – Chris Cooley, Todd Yoder, Fred Davis

OL (9) – Chris Samuels, Pete Kendall, Casey Rabach, Randy Thomas, Jon Jansen, Stephon Heyer, Chad Rinehart, Jason Fabini, Andrew Crummey


DL (9) – Jason Taylor, Andre Carter, Cornelius Griffin, Demetric Evans, Erasmus James, Kedrick Golston, Anthony Montgomery, Chris Wilson, Lorenzo Alexander

LB's (7) – Marcus Washington, London Fletcher-Baker, Rocky McIntosh, Khary Campbell, HB Blades, Matt Sinclair, a yet to be signed veteran

CB's (5) – Shawn Springs, Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot, JT Tryon, Leigh Torrence

S's (4) – LaRon Landry, Reed Doughty, Vernon Fox, Chris Horton


LS (1) – Ethan Albright

K (1) – Shaun Suisham

P (1) – Durant Brooks

Last 5 On Last 5 Off
Durant Brooks P Derrick Frost P

No question that Brooks won round one in the punting duel.  His kicking in the HOF game showed he had great allround skills pinning the Colts inside the 20 twice, and then booming off a 54 yarder that had height and distance,.  While Frost was good at getting the three short punts down inside the 20 against the Bills, his sole longer punt was hard and low, giving the coverage unit no time to get down the field and resulted in a long return that was almost broken for a TD.

Chris Wilson DE Rob Jackson DE

Neither has made much of a move over the first two games or weks of TC.  Wilson still hold the job by default at this point due only to the potential he showed last year recording 5 sacks in 17 games as a pass rush specialist.

Andrew Crummey G/C Todd Wade OT

The second string OL has performed really well so far in preseason and a major factor in that has been Andrew Crummey playing at C.  The team lacks a backup C and this rookie (a converted G) looks to have the talent to develop into Rabach’s successor.  Given that Heyer and Rinehart are capable of playing both OT spots, Fabini’s good form on Saturday night against the Bills and that Crummey is capable of playing G as well as C, makes Todd Wade the odd man out in the OL competition.

Vernon Fox S Kareem Moore

The release of Stuart Schweigert has really opened up the competition at the two spots behind Landry and Doughty.  Chris Horton’s performace in the HOF game has virtually ensure he’s got one foot in the door for one of those backup roles,  The final spot is between the veteran special teams performer in Vernon Fox and the young and talented, but injured rookie, Kareem Moore.  Moore finally got onto the field Saturday night, but Fox holds this job by default for now until Moore can provide some competition on the field in the nest couple of games.

Marcus Mason RB Billy McMullen WR/Anthony Mix WR

This battle is for the last offensive spot on the roster.  Will Zorn carry 4 RB’s or 6 WR’s?  Mason and McMullen have done all that could be asked of them over the first two weeks, while Mix has been nagged by injury and has played a limited role in the first two games.  Mason has to be in the box seat right now after two excellent performances in the two preseason games so far (despite the KOR fumble).  Mason has shown good vision and a burst of speed through the hole, catches passes and .blocks to give him the definite edge here going into week 3 of the preseason.


Rising :

Chris Horton S
Marcus Mason RB
Andrew Crummey C/G
Durant Brooks P
Devin Clark OL
Billy McMullen WR


Todd Wade OT
Derek Devine QB
Derrick Frost P
Anthony Mix WR
Byron Westbrook CB
Mattias Askew DT

Early Practice Squad Prediction

1. Jason Goode TE
2. Byron Westbrook CB
3. Derek Devine QB
4. Justin Geisinger OL
5. Maurice Mann WR
6. Devin Clark OL
7. Kareem Moore S
8. Rob Jackson DE

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