Predicting the Washington Redskins 53-Man Roster in 2013
Predicting the Washington Redskins 53-Man Roster for 2013
The Washington Redskins didn’t have a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but they certainly don’t mind as they wouldn’t have Robert Griffin III if they did. After winning the NFC East, the Redskins will have high expectations going into the 2013 season. But one of their major concerns is the health of Griffin after significant knee damage done in the Redskins playoff game.
I was a little surprised that the Redskins didn’t draft an offensive lineman in order to protect their investment. They went out and got Jeremy Trueblood in free agency to solidify their offensive line because many of the good options at the position were taken very early in the draft. Instead, they selected cornerback David Amerson with their first pick, and Jordan Reed, an athletic, pass-catching tight end. Both of the Redskins top draft picks will likely be a part of the Redskins as early as this season.
The Redskins have also added Pat White whose skill set is very similar to Griffin’s. White doesn’t nearly have the throwing ability of Griffin, but if he is able to make the team, it wouldn’t be hard for his teammates to adjust to his playing style.
One of the biggest roster changes for the Redskins will be the return of Brian Orakpo. Orakpo suffered a torn pectoral muscle in week two. His addition to the defense will immediately improve their run-stopping ability and make them a much more well-rounded unit. London Fletcher has already proven he’s not too old to hold down his spot at linebacker, but the Redskins have plenty of other good options at LB should Fletcher need a break.
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Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman
Cousins performed well when Griffin was unable to play for the Redskins. The surprise here is Rex Grossman making the team over Pat White. Grossman has been helpful on the sidelines for the young quarterbacks, and I don't see them letting him go.
Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Darrel Young, Eric Kettani and Chris Thompson
The Redskins love their running backs, and they've found a solid one in Alfred Morris. They'll give the others a chance to carry the ball as well, but Morris is clearly the top dog in the Redskins organization.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
WR: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe
TE: Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Jordan Reed
The Redskins went out and got the tight end they wanted in the draft in Jordan Reed, and I expect him to have immediate impact in the passing game.
Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Tom Compton, Jeremy Trueblood and Maurice Hurt
The Redskins have a veteran core of offensive lineman that should be able to protect Griffin. They added Jeremy Trueblood to fill in if need be.
Jarvis Jenkins, Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Chris Baker and Kedric Golston
The Redskins have some solid 3-4 defensive lineman, highlighted by Jarvis Jenkins.
Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley, Bryan Kehl, Darryl Tapp, Roddrick Muckelroy, Brandon Jenkins and Rob Jackson
The Redskins have a good combination of veterans and newcomers, including Brian Orakpo who will return after missing most of the 2012 season with a pectoral tear.
DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, E.J. Biggers, Richard Crawford, David Amerson, Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, Bacarri Rambo and Jerome Murphy
It won't be long before second-round draft pick David Amerson gets an opportunity to be a full-time member of the Redskins defense.
K: Kai Forbath
P: Sav Rocca
LS: Nick Sundberg
Forbath missed only one kick last season, solidifying his position as the place kicker for the Redskins.