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Final Washington Redskins 53-man Roster Prediction

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Taking one final stab at the Washington Redskins final 53-man roster heading into the final pre-season game against Tampa Bay.

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Quarterback: 3

Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy

With RGIII's health concern, McCoy will make the final cut even with Coach Gruden's history of only keeping two quaterbacks.

Running Back: 5

Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Roy Helu, Lache Seastrunk, Silas Redd

This is one of the toughest cuts to call, especially since so much of this decision rides on Chris Thompson's performance in Thursday's preseason finale against Tampa Bay. If Thompson plays pretty well, bump Redd onto the practice squad, but I'm not sold on Thompson's ability to stay healthy. Thompson's return game will also benefit him, I think Andre Roberts will be a bigger part of the offense then people think, and they might not want him fielding full-time punt and kickoff duties. But for now, unless Thompson really balls out against Tampa Bay, I like Redd's style and pass protection ability.

Tight End: 3

Jordan Reed, Logan Paulson, Niles Paul

No surprises here, but it is worth noting that Paul has been a pleasant surprise this offseason, adding some impressive receptions to go along with his stellar special teams play.

Wide Receiver: 6

Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson

Not a lot of tough calls to make here, Nick Williams has played pretty well the past two preseason games, but I don't think he's done enough to unseat Moss or Robinson.

Offensive line: 8

Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Spencer Long, Morgan Moses, Josh LeRibeus

This all depends on the rookies. Is Morgan Moses ready to handle the "swing" tackle job? Are the Redskins confident enough in Spencer Long's future to cut ties with LeRibeus even though he's had a solid off-season? I give LeRibeus a spot because of his solid play, and Compton is cut simply because of numbers.

Defensive Line: 6

Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Chris Baker, Jarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston, Clifton Geathers

It's becoming clear that Stephen Bowen won't be ready to open the season, meaning he will open the first six weeks on the PUP list. The top four are pretty set, so I'm going with the special teams contributor in Golston and the space eater in Geathers.

Inside Linebackers: 5

Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley, Adam Hayward, Will Compton, Darryl Sharpton

The starters are set in stone, and I love Hayward's special teams ability and leadership. The final two spots is where it gets interesting, I really like the way Will Compton has developed and think he will force his way onto the 53-man, leaving Darryl Sharpton and Akeem Jordan battling for the last spot. Although he's been banged up, I like Sharpton's aggressive loves contact attitude, special teams, and pass coverage ability slightly more than Jordan's, giving him the edge.

Outside Linebacker: 4

Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Everette Brown

Based on the first three pre-season games, Orakpo, Kerrigan, and Murphy will be featured in the defense together quite a bit. The final spot comes down to Everette Brown and Gabe Miller, this is another toss up, but Brown is a slightly better pass rusher than Miller, giving him the slight edge.

Corner: 5

DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Bashaud Breeland, Tracy Porter, EJ Biggers

Not too many decisions to make with the top four, Breeland has played above expectations this pre-season and based on Porter's signing bonus he will be around. The final roster spot will come down to EJ Biggers, Chase Minnifield, and Richard Crawford. With Meriweather suspended for two games, and Phillip Thomas' health once again in question, look for Biggers to edge our Minnifield and Crawford due to his ability to play the safety spot.

Safety: 5

Ryan Clark, Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo, Phillip Thomas, Trenton Robinson

As I mentioned earlier, the safety spot is up in the air right now. As it currently stands, Meriweather will not be with the team the first two weeks of the regular season, and Phillip Thomas' injury isn't looking great. If Thomas is forced to open up on the PUP list or is forced to the IR, I still think the Redskins will carry 5 safeties adding Akeem Davis to the mix.

Specialist: 3

Zach Hocker, Robert Malone, Nick Sundberg