Ranking the Redskins Quarterback and Backfield Options

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Taking a look at who may line up in the Redskins backfield this year and where might they rank.

The other day I ranked the Redskins offensive linemen. Today I will rank players who will be vying for spots at Quarterback, running back and fullback, and where they rank. Remember that these rankings are based on what they are likely to produce for the coming season, and not really reflecting their contract or long term potential.

For my full write-ups on the players go here:

Quarterbacks | Running backs/Fullbacks

Tier 1:

Description: Top level starter, absolute lock to both make the team and start. Won't face any competition for his job.

Applicable Redskins: Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Darrel Young

Tier 2:

Description: Quality starter who may have some minor struggles in a given year, but overall is a good football player. Should both easily make the team and start.

Applicable Redskins: None

Tier 3:

Description: Passable starter, can play the position and be okay, but won't consistently play at a high level. Will be streaky throughout the season and over the course of many seasons. Depending on position would be better served as a good role player, or would be the best reserve player at a position. Should make the team, though not a lock and should face competition for a starting job.

Applicable Redskins: Kirk Cousins and Roy Helu Jr.

Tier 4:

Description: Replacement level starter. This is a guy who could start in a pinch or as a long-term injury replacement but will max out as an average starter, and will probably be below average. He's a guy who could be okay as a short term filler, but over an extended period will struggle. Depending on position could be a solid player, or would be a good back-up. Has a decent chance to make the team, and could get a look at a starting job, but nothing is set in stone for him.

Applicable Redskins: Rex Grossman and Evan Royster

Tier 5:

Description: Solid back-up caliber player. Shouldn't really ever start, and would be below average in that capacity, but can be a short term injury replacement. Shouldn't even be much of a role player depending on the position, their best value is in their reliability as a replacement. Depending on the position, should be capable of backing up multiple positions or roles to increase their value. Has a chance to make the team, but really shouldn't be considered a starting option at all.

Applicable Redskins: Keiland Williams

Tier 6:

Description: Replacement level player. Not considered at all for a starting role, and isn't even considered a viable back-up. Really only has a shot to make the team if injuries thin out the competition. Overall has a poor chance to make a roster, and is a player who will likely be replaced during the season.

Applicable Redskins: None

What do you guys think? Where would you rank the quarterbacks and running backs?

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