The Redskins had until 4pm to trim their Roster from 90 to 53. That means 37 players were waived, released or put on injured reserve.
As a result, the 2018 Redskins Roster is set. Fourteen new additions have made the team. Most being from the current draft class. All of this year’s draft selections made the final roster.
At first glance, the roster has added youth and speed. Most notably in the defensive backfield. However, some questions still remain. And this may be a team whose sum is great than its parts.
This article will highlight the biggest surprise cut, the Redskins’ biggest remaining weakness, and intriguing prospects who remain on the waiver wire.
Biggest Surprise: Kapri Bibbs. As a third down back, Bibbs would have provided a versatile option out of the backfield. He was a capable receiver who could have easily spelled Chris Thompson for the short or long term. In addition, he could have taken a few carries between the tackles. Now he is exposed to the waiver wire and could be picked up in a few days. I believe his play warranted a roster spot.
Had to do it: Kevin Hogan. The former Stanford quarterback never seriously threatened Colt McCoy for the backup QB role. He also didn’t show enough for the Redskins to retain his services. With Alex Smith known for being one of the most durable QBs in the league, his roster spot was unnecessary. The Redskins decided to move on and keep an additional offensive lineman instead.
Biggest Weakness: Interior Offensive Line Depth. The Redskins seem to have a laissez-faire approach when it comes to left guard and backup center. This position was not addressed during the draft. This position was not addressed during the off-season. They appear to want to ignore this position and hope the issue goes away. That’s not going to happen.
Redskins fans still have nightmares of Calais Campbell launching Shawn Lauvao into Kirk Cousins two years ago. It’s still a glaring weakness for our team.
Biggest Gamble: Defensive Backs. Let’s hope Torrian Gray knows what he’s doing. Half of the Redskins’ defensive backs are rookies. And another is a second year player who didn’t play much.
Danny Johnson emerged this off-season and forced his way onto the roster. He was a ball-hawk at Southern University. Hopefully he brings that here.
Nailed it: Keeping Cam Sims. Although many argue that Brian Quick provided a veteran presence, we have seen what he can do. Why not take a shot on a young prospect?
Sims flashed with a late game reception against the Jets. He also had an amazing catch-through contact-in the end zone earlier in the game. At 6’5″, Sims has the raw potential and measurables you want in your sixth receiver. I applaud this decision. Take the upside.
Botched it: N/A. I reserved this space to dispute any boneheaded move by the front office. But they appear to have done a good job. I’m especially happy with their commitment to Josh Harvey-Clemons and Greg Stroman, despite their up-and-down performances and injuries.
Intriguing Options Who May Be Available:
- Byron Marshall: Many insiders had Marshall ahead of Kapri Bibbs on the ‘Skins depth chart earlier this pre-season. He injured his ankle and we haven’t seen him since. Marshall will likely receive an IR designation and slide onto the roster in a savvy front office move.
- Ravens Kicker Kaare Vedvik: The backup kicker went step for step with Justin Tucker this off-season. He hit 5-of-6 field goals, including a 56 yarder against the Redskins. Vedvik can also punt. Is he a better option than Dustin Hopkins?
- RB, Bo Scarborough: The Alabama product, built in the mold of Derrick Henry-or the juggernaut-is an imposing figure on the field. Detractors say he runs too high. He also averaged 2.9 ypc this preseason. But he’s available to someone who wants to take a flier.
- RB, Ameer Abdullah: The Lions backfield consists of Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick, and LeGarrette Blount. Abdullah may be available. He’s talented and versatile. However, his 3.3 ypc may scare some people away.
- LG, Jonathon Cooper: Cooper was the 7th pick in the 2013 draft. Although he never lived up to that billing, he has shown he is capable in a pinch. In 2017, he started 13 games for the Cowboys. But he does have an injury history and has missed some games. Cooper is now available after his release from the 49ers.