The Redskins have just kicked off the first few practices of the 2016 Training Camp. The next month of practices and preseason games will determine who makes the final roster.
Some position groups are more solidified than others, and defensive line is a position that goes in the 'not solidified' file.
Let's take a look at what we've got and how the cookie might crumble.
Locks: Chris Baker, Ricky Jean-Francois, Stephen Paea, Trent Murphy and Kendall Reyes
In The Mix: Kedric Golston, Jerrell Powe, Matt Ioannidis, Ziggy Hood and Corey Crawford
Let's start with the one true lock for the roster, Chris Baker. Baker was one of the better 3-4 defensive ends in all of football last year. He's made it known that he'd like to re-up with the Redskins, as he's let Scot McCloughan know many a times. And no matter what Eagles fans think about him (#FolesLivesMatter), he's a funny guy and brings a lot to the defense. I give him a thumbs up.
Beyond Chris is a bit of a mystery. Kedric Golston has been here since the Gibbs years (2nd stint, although it feels like since the first). He hits all of the good team mate cliche check boxes. Leader- CHECK, Veteran- CHECK, Young Guys Look Up To Him- CHECK, Possible That No Other Nose Tackles Are Good Enough To Beat Out The Old Man- CHECK.
Trent Murphy made every Hogs Haven armchair GM cream their jeans when he switched positions. IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED! We'll talk about Jordan Reed moving to left guard in another post. And so far he hasn't been bad, per my twitter feed. In fact, he intercepted a Cousins pass for pick-six already in camp and has done well in drills. Maybe the position switch will work out.
Stephen Paea seems to be doing better than last year, and he's healthy. It'd be nice to get a ROI on that free agent signing.
RJF and Kendall Reyes will be competing for one of the last defensive end spots, in my humble opinion. The preseason will tell us a lot about who has the upper hand.
Matt Ioannidis has done will in individual drills so far, but trusting a 5th round rookie to come in and be a big contributor is asking a lot. Putting the moves on Josh LeRibeus and Kory Lichtensteiger in practice is one thing...doing it in a game against whichever Pouncey brother plays for the Steelers is another. I think he'll make the roster, but may see days on the inactive list.
Ziggy Hood and Corey Crawford are pulling up the rear. I don't really expect a whole lot out of these guys unless (fingers crossed) there are injuries in preseason.