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Washington Football Team Pre-Camp 53-Man Roster Prediction

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Below is my pre-camp 53-man roster predictions for The Washington Football Team.

I always like to do a roster prediction pre-camp, and one after a few weeks, to see how they match up.

I expect some changes to this either by performance or injury during the next few weeks as things begin to play out in practice and games.

Offense (25):

QB (3): Ryan Fitzpatrick (Starter), Taylor Heinicke/Kyle Allen (Backup)

RB (4): Antonio Gibson (Starter), J.D. McKissic (3rd Down Back), Peyton Barber, Jaret Patterson (Kick Returner)

WR (6): Terry McLaurin (Starter), Curtis Samuel (Starter), Adam Humphries (Starter), Dyami Brown, Cam Sims, Kelvin Harmon

TE (3): Logan Thomas (Starter), John Bates, Sammis Reyes

OL (9): Charles Leno Jr. (Starter), Ereck Flowers (Starter), Chase Roullier (Starter), Brandon Scherff (Starter), Sam Cosmi (Starter), Cornelius Lucas (Swing), Saahdiq Charles, Wes Schweitzer, Keith Ismael

Defense (25):

EDGE (4): Chase Young (Starter), Montez Sweat (Starter), James Smith-Williams, Casey Toohill

DL (5): Jonathan Allen (Starter), Daron Payne (Starter), Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, Devaroe Lawrence

LB (6): Jamin Davis (Starter), Cole Holcomb (Starter), Jon Bostic (Starter), Khaleke Hudson, Shaka Toney (will also be situational EDGE), David Mayo

CB (5): William Jackson III (Starter), Kendall Fuller (Starter), Benjamin St-Juste, Jimmy Moreland, Darryl Roberts

S (5): Landon Collins (Starter), Bobby McCain (Starter), Kam Curl (Starter/Nickel), Deshazor Everett, Darrick Forrest

Special Teams (3):

K: Dustin Hopkins

P: Tress Way

LS: Camaron Cheeseman


- I think four RB’s is what we end up keeping. The fourth is up for some debate - as is Barber (although the staff really seems to like him). I have the rookie Patterson surprising many in camp, and making this roster.

- In a surprise move, I have Reyes make the roster as the third TE. You just can’t teach that type of size, speed and athleticism at the position, and even though he’s a work in progress, I think they take the risk with developing him. There is a chance we keep four TE’s, it’s just a question as to where you pull that spot from. I do think a guy like Hemmingway could go to the practice squad.

- I have Reaves as a practice squad candidate now. The first three safety spots are locks, and I don’t think they would cut Forrest, and risk subjecting him to waivers, as a rookie. So in essence, the final spot comes down to Everett vs. Reaves - and I have the special team’s captain winning the battle.