As always the contributors at Defeating the Curse can never agree on a final 53 man roster for the Washington Redskins. With Preseason now wrapped up, the Redskins need to come up with their final roster to suit up for September 9th game in Arizona. We put the big 4 – LP, FP, Joe and Steve, up to the task of creating and agreeing (or not ) on a 53 man roster. Here is what they came up with:
QBs (2): Smith, McCoy
All agree here, Joe is a Kevin Hogan guy but the Redskins can’t afford a 3rd QB
RBs (4): Peterson, Thompson, Kelley, Bibbs
LP would rather have Perine over Kelley, however the fumbling issues we think ultimately cost him a roster spot. FP is good with the 4 RBs on the roster but wants to add a FB to the mix to help Peterson. Is that worth the cost a roster spot somewhere else on the team? Steve is a Byron Marshall fan and offered a semi wise suggestion: Maybe you put Byron Marshall on PUP and release Bibbs and go without a CT backup for the first few weeks of the season.
WRs (6): Richardson, Doctson, Crowder, Harris, Quinn, Sims
There was much debate as to whether the Alabama WR preseason standout, Cam Sims should make the team over veteran Brian Quick. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that you know what you are getting with Quick and that’s not that good. There is a much higher ceiling with Sims. We all know what Steve and Joe think of Brian Quick, or not so quick. FP has officially been inducted to the Trey Quinn fan club.
Tight Ends (3): Reed, Davis, Sprinkle
No debate here. Can Reed stay healthy and can Sprinkle be more than just a blocker are the biggest questions.
Offensive Line (8): Williams, Lauvao, Roullier, Scherf, Moses, Nsehke, Christian, Bergstrom
The decision here was to go with 8 OL, because we all agree that there needs to be an upgrade at LG at some point. You can’t trust Lauvao will stay healthy enough to play more than 8 games and frankly it’s a glaring hole that NEEDS to be addressed.
Defensive Line (6): Allen, Payne, Ioannidis, Lanier, Settle, Hood
FP has been high on the Phil Taylor return train, but it’s been too long and the Redskins have gone much younger at the position. A weakness last year has become a strength. Joe has Settle winning defensive rookie of the year.
OLB (5): Kerrigan, Smith, McPhee, Anderson, Robertson
No debate here, these are clearly the best 5 OLBs on the team. Robertson has shown some versatility and can play special teams, that gets him on this roster.
ILB (5): Brown, Foster, Spaight, Dion-Hamilton, Harvey-Clemons
After a much heated debate as to who would be the 5th ILB, Harvery-Clemons or Zach Vigil, LP decided to go with Harvey-Clemons because of his versatility. Harvey-Clemons can be what the Redskins thought Sua Cravens was going to be when they drafted him in 2016.
CB (6): Norman, Dunbar, Moreau, Johnson, Alexander, Stroman
Yet another debate on if the Redskins should keep 5 or 6 at this position. Stroman shows kick and punt return ability and he’s a VT product. We all know how much Torrian Gray likes his VT guys.
Safety (4): Swearinger, Nicholson, Everett, Apke
Apke has looked very shaky during the preseason but he’s got some raw talent. It will be up to the coaching staff to get him ready to play a larger role in 2019.
Specialists (3): Way, Sundberg, Hopkins
Do we really need to discuss this?
That leaves one more pick open here’s where the guys could just not agree:
LP: Add Perine to the 53
FP: Bring in his J.P. Holtz as FB for Peterson
Joe: Add someone from his beloved Browns roster
Steve: Is John Riggins available?