Over the course of the regular season Hogs Haven will keep an eye on five non-starters to keep an eye on each week. Also, after each game we'll take a look at five non-starters who improved their stock as a result of that week's action. Now that the roster is pretty much set for this week's match up versus the Saints, who are five non-starters who improved their stock as a result of the roster cuts?
Alfred Morris, RB: Morris received a tremendous vote of confidence from Mike Shanahan. The Redskins cut veteran running back Tim Hightower and some are already predicting that Morris will get the bulk of the carries versus the Saints. Could this be the last time we mention Morris as a non-starter?
Jordan Black, OT: Surprisingly the Redskins only have one backup tackle going into Week 1 and that's veteran Jordan Black. The former Texan, Saint, and Chief has been placed in the important role of being the Redskins swing tackle in the case that Trent Williams or Tyler Polumbus should go down. Who knows how long Black will stay on the team , but the 32 year old veteran has a great shot of being a key role player for the Skins this season.
Madieu Williams, FS: Tanard Jackson was set to be the Redskins Week 1 starter at free safety, but the veteran was suspended once again for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The biggest beneficiary of Jackson's suspension is Madieu Williams who is now slated to start at safety. DeJon Gomes will be breathing down Williams' back, but the nine year veteran can be an impact player in 2012.
Logan Paulsen, TE: With the release of veteran Chris Cooley, both Paulsen and Niles Paul have been given a tremendous opportunity to become a contributing member of the offense. Shanny will likely unleash the Kraken (Paulsen), as Paul continues to develop as an NFL tight end.
Josh LeRibeus, OL: After a terrible preseason no one really knew what to think about the Redskins third round pick. With a thin offensive line LeRibeus has an opportunity to continue to grow and, perhaps, even become the Redskins primary back up at the center position. Right now LeRibeus will also have to battle with Maurice Hurt as the back up to Kory Lichtensteiger, who seems like he'll be ready to go in Week 1.