In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, which essentially kicks off grilling season, I’m going to take 3 Washington Redskins players (representing the 3 day weekend) and grill them. A phrase often used to describe a player that’s job is in jeopardy is “hot seat,” and the Redskins have a few players in that situation -
1. Chris Chester, RG: Chester didn’t allow a sack last season and was a main-stay on the offensive line, starting in all 16 games. However, he struggled on run-downs and was unable to sustain blocks on the “second level” numerous times. In addition, the Redskins will run a ton of boots, forcing the offensive linemen to swing on passing downs, which isn’t necessarily Chester’s strength. Washington drafted Adam Gettis in the 2012 draft, who is perfect for the zone scheme. A lot of scouts I’ve talked to have said Gettis will battle for a starting job early. Chester could begin the season as Washington’s starting right guard, but his job is very much in jeopardy.
2. Kevin Barnes, CB: Barnes has flashed a few times, making physical plays on run downs and showing some versatility by playing safety, however his job is in jeopardy. In the NFC East, it’s important that you have three good corners. That nickel corner is just as important as your outside guys, especially with the deep wide receiver rosters in the Redskins’ division. Kevin Barnes has yet to developed into a player Washington can consistently trust. He’s going into his fourth year in the league, and the Redskins are set to move on. Bringing in Cedric Griffin and Leigh Torrance via free agency, drafting Richard Crawford, and signing Chase Minnifield as a undrafted free agent are all interesting additions. In my opinion, Leigh Torrance has the best shot at claiming the job, though Chase Minnifield is a talent determined to prove himself if healthy. Cedric Griffin is also battling for the free safety position, as the coaching staff believes that’s a better fit for him.
3. Chris Cooley, TE: Ahhh yes, the fan favorite. Chris knows his days are numbered, it’s just hard for some to accept. Fred Davis took advantage of Chris Cooley’s injuries the past few season, and has run away with the job. He’s a better blocker, more explosive and consistent than Chris Cooley at this point, and it’s hard to imagine Cooley being on the final roster. With Niles Paul switching to Tight End, that’s another young, explosive player Cooley has to compete against. It will be difficult. Even when Cooley was healthy, he wasn’t consistent. If somehow Cooley manages to make the team, I don’t expect him to be much of a factor at all.
Just missed the cut – Santana Moss is a guy I think the team needs to part ways with, however, I’m not certain if they will. Robert Griffin III loves the guy, and always mentions Santana anytime someones asks him about his offensive weapons.
Others – Anthony Armstrong, Brandon Banks, and Jammal Brown.
Happy Memorial Day and may God Bless the families that lost love ones due to their courageous sacrifice and service for our country.
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