WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- It feels great to be back in D.C. But which current Redskins won't reside in our nation's capital once the season begins?
By my count, there are 40 locks to make the roster. Some players will be helped because of the suspensions to Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson. This is my educated guess on where we stand as the preseason begins. The sooner they appear under their position, the safer they are. Players who are locks get cut are not listed.
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Locks: Griffin III, Cousins
Scoop: Well, it's more so that Pat White has barely been competition so
far in camp. And contrary to popular belief, Grossman is well respected
by his teammates. Grossman is often seen after practices conversing with
several different cliques within the Redskins roster.
Chance of making roster: 90 percent
Scoop: Unless he has a couple phenomenal plays in the preseason that can't be overlooked, White won't make it.
Chance of making the roster: 10 percent
Locks: Morris, Helu, Young
Scoop: Roy Helu is a lock to be the backup -- I mean the guy was first-team all rookie in 2011. But third string is up for grabs. Thompson has missed several practices in training camp and hasn't caught the eye of others like he caught mine in OTA's. But as a favorite of RGIII, the Redskins will give him every opportunity to win this competition.
Chance of making the roster: 70 percent
Scoop: Royster is in big trouble, even if he does have an eye opening preseason. The bottom line is that he's the slowest of the teams running backs, and he's getting to the age -- turns 26 in November -- where putting him on the practice squad seems unrealistic. As bad as it is to say, a setback to Thompson's knee injury would probably guarantee Royster a spot.
Chance of making the roster: 25 percent
Locks: Garcon, Morgan, Moss, Robinson, Hankerson
Scoop: He only had five catches and 22 yards last regular season. But he's a
big target and provides decent depth. Plus, I could see him, more so than any player on the bubble, succeeding elsewhere if he's cut. And that's
something hard for any coaching staff to swallow.
Chance of making the roster: 52 percent
Scoop: The thing going for Stallworth is that he will likely be paired with Rex
Grossman for much of his preseason action. The duo developed some
chemistry in the albeit ugly 2011 campaign -- 309 yards and two
touchdowns in 11 games. Stallworth has lost some speed since then, but
don't write him off yet.
Chance of making the roster: 41 percent
Scoop: Every training camp, we all fall in love with a new wide receiver. Some actually string it together to make the squad -- do Anthony Armstrong, Darnerian McCants and Albert Connell ring a bell? The loveable 5-foot-9 Dawson might have the biggest climb to make on the roster, but the same was once said of Victor Cruz. I'll give Dawson the tiniest of chances. He was a monster at TCU.
Chance of making the roster: 6 percent
Locks: Davis, Paulsen, Reed
Scoop: Don't look at Niles Paul's position as strictly tight end. He's an
excellent gunner on punt return coverage, a decent kickoff return man
and an athlete who can be used in different formations. If he can prove
his hands aren't an issue, he will see the field more than you think in
Chance of making the roster: 97 percent
Locks: Williams, Lichtensteiger, Montgomery, Chester, Polumbus, Gettis, Compton
Scoop: Listing LeRibeus at 315 pounds would be like listing Brian Orakpo
at 240. Only because of that weight issue is LeRibeus even on this list.
Even though he was a third round pick last year, he will need a decent
preseason to solidify his roster spot.
Chance of making the roster: 81 percent
Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood
Scoop: They are both some of the tallest human beings I've ever been around. I call them the Neanderthals. And I'm not going to lie, since I'm not technically a Redskins beat reporter, I don't watch much of the backup offensive line play. This competition will probably come down to who can play right tackle better.
Chance of making the roster: 50 percent for both
Locks: Jenkins, Cofield, Bowen, Baker, Golston
Scoop: People have forgotten Neild was a
reliable rotational player in 2011, posting two sacks and 10 tackles
while the team eased him in. He missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL, but
at the moment is penciled in as Barry Cofield's backup.
Chance of making the roster: 93 percent
Locks: Kerrigan, Orakpo, Riley, Fletcher, Tapp, Kehl
Scoop: Jenkins came into a perfect position for a guy coming off an
injury. He gets to learn behind Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, two
players who seem to be on-again off-again pro bowlers. I see the fifth
rounder backing up Kerrigan, being a change of pace relief pitcher full
Chance of making the roster: 99 percent
Locks: Hall, Wilson, Amerson, Rambo, Meriweather, Doughty
Scoop: I'd have a
hard time considering cutting a guy who cemented a win over the Ravens
with an earth shattering punt return. Pound for pound, Crawford is one of the most
athletic guys on the roster. Let this guy prove he can make plays. He's
on the same page in terms of motivation as RGIII and Alfred Morris.
Chance of making the roster: 96 percent
Even though he was selected above Rambo, that doesn't mean he's 100 percent safe. He's been basically invisible in practice. A roster spot will come down to him or D.J. Gomes.
Chance of making the roster: 75 percent
Scoop: He's Raheem Morris' boy and the Redskins should be keeping five
cornerbacks, minimum. But he has plenty of competition from the guy
listed below him.
Chance of making the roster: 65 percent
Scoop: Everyone is rooting for Minnifield. Everyone. He's shown signs of brilliance in practice, but often times he's a fish that bites too hard. A consistent preseason should put him on the practice squad, easily. If Biggers struggles we could see Minnifield on the Redskins sideline week one.
Chance of making the roster: 34 percent
Scoop: He's been almost invisible in practice. Part of that has to do with Rambo's emergence, part might have to do with his sense of urgency -- I feel none when I talk to him. Gomes has shown he can make plays, now he'll have to prove it as he fights for his job.
Chance of making the roster: 30 percent.
Locks: Sundberg, Rocca, Forbath
Scoop: Obviously Kai Forbtah is safe, but his one weakness is kicking the ball off. Forbath only produced 15 touchbacks in 62 kickoffs. Enter John Potter, who's strength is booting the ball deep. Field position happens to be the most important thing in football that isn't over analyzed. If Potter is indeed as good as advertised, don't be stunned if he also makes the squad.
Chance of making the roster: 18 percent