Am I crazy to think that we have a ton of (potential/developing) talent on the second and third spots of some positions? I would be confident in giving a bunch of bottom-of-the-roster guys snaps, either to help out if someone gets banged up, to give a guy a breather, or just to keep the freshest legs on the field at all times. I have a much better feeling about the depth of this roster than I have in a long time -- though we clearly still have issues at a few key positions.
The problem is we can't activate everyone every week. BayAreaBullet raised this issue with his post about Marcus Mason, so I decided I would pose the question: Which 7 (healthy) players* will the Redskins place on the inactive list on a weekly basis? Clearly injuries change this and the coaches will probably mix it up depending on the gameplan, but we'll probably see a solid core of bench warmers.
With no emergency 3rd QB, the decision becomes a little tougher for the coaches, but here is what I'm thinking:
- Kevin Barnes: This is the easiest decision. This guy is still very raw and would be the biggest liability in the secondary (yes, even more so than Justin Tryon).
- Edwin Williams: Also not too tough. I think this guy is going to be starting at either center or guard in 2-3 years, but he at the bottom of the OL depth chart and with 10 on the roster, two will probably sit each week.
- D'Anthony Batiste: On the offical depth chart he is Chris Samuels' backup, and we all know how tenuous a situation that is. But its also the consensus that if Samuels goes down, Heyer will move to the left side and Mike WIlliams will step in on the right (hold your breath). Batiste takes a seat.
- Byron Westbrook: I actually think this spot on the bench is between Westbrook and Kareem Moore. A lot of people have been singing Moore's praises, but I think Doughty deserves to play over him. That said, the skins love to run that Cobra formation with three safeties on the field, in which case we wouldn't need 5 active corners. I think Westbrook also loses out to Tryon.
- Jeremy Jarmon: Real tough decision. This guy can play but take a look at the roster and tell me who should sit in his place. Maybe Renaldo Wynn takes the hit, but I think Wynn gets the nod against all heavy running teams. He is still young and he is technically from the future (cue Outer Limits theme).
- Robert Henson: Other people were not as impressed, but I think this guy is a playmaker and could make an impact if he was asked to give a guy like Rocky McIntosh a breather. That said, he's behind Chris Wilson and the numbers aren't in his favor.
- Marcus Mason: I sincerely doubt that we would spend a roster spot on Mason and he never sees the field. He will sit until he demonstrates an ability to make ST tackles consistently in practice or Betts really craps the bed. I think Betts will actually do better than a lot of people think, and if he can be the number 2 back that Zorn wants him to be, Mason will not crack the active roster. If Mason plays himself onto special teams, he will likely take a spot from Justin Tryon or Kareem Moore (if not Ladell Betts himself).