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Who survives on Saturday?

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On Saturday, the single-largest American ‘firing day’ will take place, as nearly 1200 players will lose their jobs by 4pm. With Cassanova McKinzy and Jordan Reed in concussion protocol, things are tough to project, but here’s my best shot of the team’s roster at 4 pm on Saturday:

Offense (25):

QB (3): Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins Jr., Colt McCoy

Colt looks good, should be activated for the regular season as Case insurance.

RB (4): Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine

No change here. Marshall did not help himself last night.

NFL: Washington Redskins-Training Camp
Steven Sims (15) has opened some eyes
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WR (6): Paul Richardson Jr., Trey Quinn, Terry McLaurin, Robert Davis, Kelvin Harmon, Cam Sims

Gruden said the team will keep “5 or 6” WRs, which basically eliminates the idea of keeping 7. I think Cam Sims sneaks on over Steven Sims Jr., who will be the annual player that Gruden raves about and then cuts. I still don’t expect Doctson on the roster, and after the team’s trade efforts went national before the game yesterday, I think his roster chances are even lower.

TE (3): Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

No change. JP Holtz made things interesting last night, and if Reed isn’t fully healthy, Holtz would be the next man up. His value as a FB also helps.

OL (9): Donald Penn, Wes Martin, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Geron Christian Sr., Ereck Flowers, Ross Pierschbacher, Tony Bergstrom

I don’t think there’s much to change here unless Trent Williams comes back. Speaking of Trent, I will be writing about how dumb it is that Bruce Allen has refused to trade him. If a trade doesn’t happen, it would be because Bruce continues to be blindly stubborn to what’s best for this organization. Yuck.

Defense (25):

DL (5): Jonathan Allen, DaRon Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Caleb Brantley, Tim Settle

“Lisfranc” is something you never want to hear, especially with a big man, so Brantley’s status could change things here, but since I don’t know any further information, my list remains. The next guys up would be either JoJo Wicker or Ryan Bee, who has certainly opened some eyes.

EDGE (4): Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, Ryan Anderson, Cassanova McKinzy (Jordan Brailford to IR)

This might be the easiest position to project. If McKinzy isn’t healthy, the team will have to add from elsewhere as there aren’t any other EDGE players worthy of a roster spot.

ILB (5): Josh Harvey-Clemons, Jon Bostic, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Cole Holcomb, Marquise Flowers

Nine linebackers will make the team...it’s just a question as to who the ninth will be. I don’t think that player is currently on the roster, but I’m taking Flowers because I have to choose from the Redskins’ 90.

CB (6): Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Greg Stroman (Danny Johnson to IR, Adonis Alexander to PS)

Many people have been clamoring for Adonis Alexander, saying he won’t make it to the practice squad. Why not? Well, let me explain; I, too, am tall, athletic, and strong, but I am not a good NFL defensive back. He is a developmental prospect and the practice squad exists for raw, height/weight/speed players like him.

NFL: Preseason-Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns
Jeremy Reaves might’ve started as a nice story, but he’s made more than enough plays to stick on this roster.
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S (5): Montae Nicholson, Landon Collins, Deshazor Everett, Troy Apke, Jeremy Reaves

I love Jeremy Reaves and I now think he would make the team over Troy Apke, who continues to be one of the worst safeties on ANY team’s 90-man roster. The angle he took in the game last night was just...wow.

Specialists (3): Dustin Hopkins, Nick Sundberg, Tress Way

Who cares.

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