Breaking down the Redskins' 53
For the most part, it seems clear whom Coach Mike Shanahan will retain on the roster as the Redskins finalize things for the Sept. 12 season opener against the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. As is often the case, however, there could be some surprising additions and subtractions.
It was easier to determine the roster composition in advance of cutdown day during the previous regime because more people at Redskins Park talked about the process. Shanahan runs a tighter ship.
But based on conversations with my colleagues on the beat, Rick Maese and Barry Svrluga, and people we trust at the complex, here's our take on the roster before the Kevin Walter Jersey Redskins face the Arizona Cardinals in preseason finale Friday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. And, obviously, things could change after tonight's game because of injuries and other factors.
Quarterbacks (3): , and .
Comment: It makes sense to carry three quarterbacks because McNabb, 33, has played a full 16game schedule only once (2008) in the past six seasons, and twice during that span played in fewer than 11 games (200506). Shanahan appeared to signal his intention to keep Beck in rewarding him recently with a contract extension. While Beck failed to impress during previous stops in Miami and Baltimore, Shanahan apparently liked him coming out of BYU. Grossman, who worked under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the Houston Texans last season, is firmly entrenched as McNabb's primary backup.
Comment: "Big Mike" had a good offseason and was rolling along in the preseason until he suffered a knee injury in the second preseason game. He expects to be ready for the season opener.
Wide receivers (6): , , , , and .
Comment: Moss is still Washington's No. 1 receiver after all these years. The Redskins persuaded Joey Galloway, 38, not to retire, and it appears he will begin his 16th NFL season as their starting split end. Armstrong is the feelgood story of the preseason. Thomas possesses the talent to accomplish big things, but the Shanahans want more from him. Austin helped himself in the important third preseason game. Malcolm Kelly would have been on the roster had he not aggravated his severe hamstring injury, prompting the team to put him on the seasonending injuredreserve list. Kelly's misfortune opened the door for the diminutive Banks, who has stirred excitement on punt returns, though sometimes for the wrong reasons.
Comment: Cooley has fully recovered from the fractured ankle that cut short his 2009 season. He has developed a good rapport with McNabb and could have a personalbest season. The Redskins believe Davis possesses Pro Bowl talent. They plan to utilize two tightend sets often this season. Paulsen, 23, has shown some talent that could be developed.
Offensive line (9): C , LT , RT , LG , RG , T , G/C , T , G/C .
Comment: Rabach continues to anchor the line and Williams and Brown could provide the Redskins with a pair of outstanding tackles for a long time. But Williams will experience growing pains early in his rookie season while facing some of the league's top edge rushers and Brown is still regaining form after sitting out the entire 2009 season because of a hip injury and sports hernia. Hicks, a savvy, versatile veteran, may be more productive in a reserve role similar to that of the one he filled well for the Minnesota Vikings. He's needed on the firstteam, however, because Mike Williams (blood clots) will not play this season. Lichtensteiger and Montgomery play multiple positions, which is important during the season because not everyone will be active. Heyer is back on the bench after starting 37 games the past three seasons. Robinson is an athletic tackle.
Defensive line (6): RDE/NT , NT , LDE , DE , DE , DE .
Comment: After his tumultuous offseason, Haynesworth recently confided in friends he plans to have the best season of his career. But Kemoeatu is the key to the Redskins' new defensive scheme. The hard worker missed the entire 2009 season because of an Achilles' injury, and nose tackle is the most important position in the 34. If Kemoeatu is over the nose, Haynesworth will be pleased because he can play end. Carriker, sidelined the entire 2007 season because of a shoulder injury, failed to find success with the St. Louis Rams after they selected him 13th overall in the 2007 draft. Golston is steady and Daniels and Holliday have seen it all in their long, productive careers.
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Comment: The leader of the defense, Fletcher was a firsttime Pro Bowl selection last season in his 12th season in the league. Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett just love Feltcher, who could have another Pro Bowltype season if Kemoeatu stays healthy or Haynesworth changes his mind about playing the nose. McIntosh is coming off the best season of his career and highly motivated to receive a lucrative contract offer when he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency after the season. Orakpo appears headed for stardom and Carter is optimistic about making a successful transition from defensive end. Alexander is the Redskins' most versatile player regardless of position. Wilson, Henson and Riley should be big contributors on special teams. Blades's spot on the roster does not seem as secure as it did under the former regime.
Defensive backs (9): LCB , RCB , SS , FS , S y, CB , CB , S and S .
Comment: Hall, who had two interceptions in three preseason games, is among the top playmakers in the league and could thrive in the new defense. Rogers also had a good preseason and Haslett plans to use him in a variety of ways from his cornerback spot. Landry is thrilled about moving back to strong and plans to show the league a new and improved "Dirty 30." Moore was the star of training camp on defense and his knee injury is a setback for the whole defense. Carter, signed because Moore will be sidelined early in the season after surgery, played in the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense, on which the Redskins' scheme is based. It appears Doughty will return to the starting lineup with Moore out, and Horton is ready if Doughty falters.
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Comment: Gano and Bidwell performed well in the preseason. Sundberg struggled at the outset of training camp but appeared to make progress.
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