With the Redskins’ first preseason matchup against the Ravens just four days away, the team has released their first unofficial depth chart, offering a glimpse into whose fate has risen and fallen through the first few weeks of training camp.
Given the NFL’s change allowing for teams to keep 90 players on the camp roster for the duration of the offseason, it’s still a long-shot to say that these are definitive indicators of who makes the final 53, let alone who plays on the first offensive and defensive series in week 1. However, there are some notable names on both sides of the ball who jump out from this preliminary listing released by the team.
On the defensive front seven, Ziggy Hood, Phil Taylor Sr., and Stacy McGee get the nod along the line, with first round draft pick Jonathan Allen edging out Anthony Lanier II for a spot on the second unit. After missing each of the last two seasons with injuries, Junior Galette checks in at the second week side linebacker spot. Additionally, though not a great surprise, Su’a Cravens is listed as the first team strong safety, after making the move to the position full time this offseason. With DeAngelo Hall on the PUP list, the question remains what happens when he is healthy and able to return to practice.
Offensively, the Redskins return starters in every position along the offensive line from a year ago, a sign of much-needed continuity for a unit with great turnover from years’ past. Of note, Rob Kelley leads the pack ahead of Chris Thompson, who gets the number two spot ahead of rookie draft pick Samaje Perine and last year’s starter Matt Jones. With Jordan Reed still on the shelf due to injury, Vernon Davis is listed as the starter, fresh off a brand new three-year contract this offseason. Niles Paul serves as the 2nd tight end, while Derek Carrier, Jeremy Sprinkle, Manasseh Garner and E.J. Bibbs round out the depth at the position. Perhaps one of the most encouraging players listed at starter is Josh Doctson, who has earned high praise by his teammates and coaching staff for his efforts this offseason.
What do you think about our first glimpse that the depth chart heading into preseason game number 1? Are there any players you’re surprised to see at their current slot? Let’s chat about it in the comments below.