The Redskins traded Trent Williams away yesterday, made 8 draft picks over three days, and have gotten busy signing a group of UDFAs — we’ve seen apparently reliable reports on 4 undrafted players signing with the Redskins so far.
What has it meant for the roster? How has it affected the depth chart?
Well, it’s always a bit of a crapshoot to project exact depth charts in the off-season, and never more so than right after the draft. It’s not always clear who the favorite is to win a starting job. Will the team go with the journeyman veteran based on his experience, or will the rookie jump up and take control of the position?
Making this a bit more complex is the scheme change in the Redskins base defense. You get guys like Ryan Anderson who don’t seem to fit where they used to.
Another factor is injuries. We’ve just heard from Ron Rivera, for example, that Bryce Love is rehabbing, but due to the COVID-19 situation, the coach hasn’t really had contact with him and doesn’t know his precise status. There have been conflicting reports about guys like Reuben Foster; some people project him as a starter on opening day, whenever that may be, while others would bet the monthly mortgage that he’ll never play a down in a Redskins uniform.
All this is to say that the depth chart I’ve put together here should be taken with a grain of salt. I’ve made a good faith effort to put together a depth chart that shows the state of the roster at the moment, but it may have mistakes of judgement or fact (the last version I published, for example, still listed Treyvon Hester after he had been released).
Still, I think it may be a useful opportunity to put the current roster, as it is known to us today, into some perspective, even with its imperfections.
I have put a bit of color-coding in, though i have tried to keep it to a minimum.
- Yellow designates draft picks
- Pink designates UDFA signings
- Blue designates Alex Smith, who is 99% sure to start the season on the PUP list
You’ll see from the key at the top of the chart that the team currently has a lot more offensive players than defensive (42 to 37). This difference will likely grow smaller as the roster reaches the offseason limit of 90 players.
The current roster size, based on this depth chart, is 82 players, meaning that the team has room to sign about 8 more free agents without having to release anyone.