Who Will Be the Landon Donovan of the Washington Redskins This Summer?

Jamie Sabau

Which Redskins player has the best chance to get cut in Landon Donovan fashion by Jay Gruden (it has to be a fairly tenured player) this summer?

There aren't many slow days/weeks on the NFL calendar anymore, but Memorial Day weekend is one of those times. I thought a jumping-off point for a slow day open thread would be something having to do with the news that Landon Donovan was left off the United States World Cup 23-man roster.

Jay Gruden is a new coach with few allegiances as far as veterans are concerned. No coach worth his salt comes into a fresh situation and needlessly throws away players who have valuable experience, but there is a certain freedom that goes with being a first-year head coach. You can take a risk here and there with the roster that an entrenched coach might not even consider. Part of the reason why is job security--a new coach likely has a little more leash to make such moves, while a tenured coach might feel pressure to not get too saucy with roster decisions, lest they cause him to be the next guy out.

There is also the adaptation of a roster to the new coach's system. As Redskins fans, we have seen this up close and personal...ummmm...rather frequently. Jay Gruden can make a cut that would cause you and I to scratch our heads, but he can justify it by suggesting that the move was in the best interests of formulating a roster mix that gave him the most flexibility.

As we see with Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to leave Landon Donovan off the USMNT's roster, beloved players are simply not guaranteed spots when a new coach and system come to town (this will be Jurgen's first World Cup with the United States).

So, this leads me to the following question:

Which Redskins player has the best chance to get cut in Landon Donovan fashion by Jay Gruden (it has to be a fairly tenured player) this summer?

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