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Punter: 9-Riley Dixon, 17-Ryan Anderson
Placekicker: 2-Aldrick Rosas
Holder: 9-Riley Dixon
Long snapper: 51-Zak DeOssie, 46-Taybor Pepper
Kick return: 12-Cody Latimer, 2-TJ Jones, 25-Corey Ballentine
Punt return: 21-Jabrill Peppers, 15-Golden Tate, 2-TJ Jones, 83-Brittan Golden, 86-Darius Slayton
Daniel Jones is listed as the No. 2 and has been consistently working with the second team throughout training camp. Head coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he planned on keeping two or three quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster.
“We’re going to do what’s best for the roster. We’ll see how that goes,” Shurmur said. “I’ve been in places where there were two and a practice squad guy. I’ve been in places where we’ve had three and a practice squad guy. I’ve been in places where there have been a lot of different situations.”
Jon Halapio is poised to regain the starting center job he lost when he suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 2. Spencer Pulley, the team’s starter after Halapio’s injury, is listed at No. 2. The team has expressed confidence in both players.
“I think (Halapio has) done a good job to get maybe the first look,” Shurmur said. “But I feel just as comfortable playing Spencer as I do Pio. I think they’re two very good players. Spencer played at the end of the year and did a really nice job. I think in our scenario, we’re fortunate that we have two guys that can snap the ball.”
The wide receiver position was going to be a battle before injuries to Sterling Shepard (thumb), Darius Slayton (hamstring), and Corey Coleman (torn ACL). Golden Tate faces a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler III, and Russell Shepard on the second team. Shurmur called Slayton the most improved player in spring practices. He will be with the third team.
Coleman will not only be missed as a receiver but also in the kickoff return game. Latimer is the first man up in his absence but expect Corey Ballentine to get his shot. Ballentine averaged 24.8 yards per return at Washburn University. He was a track and field star who recorded the nine fastest times in school history in the 60-meter, the six fastest times in the indoor 200-meter, eight of the fastest times in the 100-meter, and the six fastest times in the outdoor 200. Ballentine also holds school records in the outdoor 100-meter (10.51) and outdoor-200 (21.25).
Jabrill Peppers is in the top spot for punt return duties. In his two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Peppers returned 55 punts for 399 yards (7.3 yards per punt). He had three of at least 20 yards and his longest was 33 yards.
Rookies Dexter Lawrence and DeAndre Baker are penciled in as starters at defensive lineman and cornerback respectively.
Tae Davis and Alec Ogletree are listed as the two inside linebackers in James Bettcher’s 3-4 defense. B.J. Goodson is behind Ogletree and rookie fifth-round pick Ryan Connelly is behind Davis. There will be a small change for Ogletree. After six seasons wearing No. 52, he will now sport No. 47.
Grant Haley and Antonio Hamilton are listed as second-team corners behind Janoris Jenkins and Baker. Sam Beal, who missed all of last season (shoulder) and was limited in training camp (groin/hamstring), is with the third team. Ballentine is also on the third team.
Kareem Martin and Lorenzo Carter are the first-team outside linebackers while free agent Markus Golden and rookie Oshane Ximenes are with the second-team. They are all expected to see action.
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