The Washington Redskins open training camp July 27 at the Bon Secours training center in Richmond, Virginia. Here’s a 53-man roster projection:
The Redskins went with two quarterbacks the past two seasons in large part because they didn’t have three who were roster locks and they were worried about depth and health issues elsewhere. If Haskins was entering as the clear starter, they could get away with two this season. But with questions about when he’ll be ready, they’ll keep the other two experienced quarterbacks.
They’ll also have Bryce Love, though he’ll likely be on the physically unable to perform list. But he could be added later in the year. With health questions surrounding Guice and also with Peterson’s age, Perine (or Byron Marshall) could end up sticking one more year.
There are a lot of questions here. If some of the young guys emerge in camp, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them try and trade Doctson; they’ve tried in the past. There is young talent, but they lack a proven go-to target and the last four on this list have played a combined four NFL games.
Matt Flanagan is one to watch here; if he can provide consistent blocking he could earn a spot, though perhaps at the expense of an extra running back. Sprinkle has been too inconsistent as a blocker — and that’s why they drafted him in 2017.
They will continue to seek tackle depth. Casey Dunn could earn a spot inside, too. The big question, in addition to Williams’ availability, is who starts at left guard? Flowers will really need to distinguish himself at a new position or Martin could start there as a rookie. They need stronger depth.
Wicker is most likely a practice squad candidate, but there aren’t a lot of choices here for the sixth line spot. It would not be surprising at all if the sixth lineman arrives later in August or after the final cuts. It would be surprising if they only kept five linemen. But that five could be the strength of the team.
Blunt is an undrafted free agent, but the team was high on him so he has a shot. The Redskins could also opt for a veteran inside linebacker after final cuts to provide more experience and let Blunt learn on the practice squad. Another option would be to keep pass-rusher Cassanova McKinzy instead.
They’ll need to develop more safety depth on the practice squad, with only four on this list. Second-year Greg Stroman could make it as a slot corner, but a lot of that depends on Moreland’s development. Rodgers-Cromartie’s versatility, and knowledge, should help in a backup role.
Sundberg is coming off a major back issue, but said he’s good to go. This group has been together since Hopkins arrived in September of 2015.