Well, that final pre-season game was a total stinker, but at least it solidifies pretty clearly the direction that the roster will be headed. Below are my projections for the Washington Football Team’s final 53-man roster, which will have to be struck in the next couple of days.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitz has the starting role locked up.
Taylor Heinicke - I was willing to entertain the possibility that Kyle Allen could compete for QB2 based on his game against the Ravens. His performance in the final pre-season game convinces me he’ll be just fine on the practice squad.
Antonio Gibson - I expect Gibson is going to look even more special in his sophomore season than he did last year.
JD McKissic - McKissic was one of the best receiving RBs in the league last year.
Jaret Patterson - Patterson wasn’t great against the Ravens, but he was better than Peyton Barber. I think Barber goes to the PS, where he should be safe from poaching.
Logan Thomas - TE1.
John Bates - The rookie looks solid. I expect a growth year in 2021.
Sammis Reyes - I originally thought Reyes was headed for the PS. Somehow, none of the vet TEs brought in to challenge him looked better than he did.
This is one of the deepest OL’s in recent team memory. Being parsimonious at QB, RB, and TE allows the team to carry 10 on the line.
The top 5 are locks. I think AGG played his way onto the roster in games 2 and 3. Deandre Carter is kept for punt returns. Dax Milne goes to the PS.
I think WBK won this spot in the pre-season. Both he and JSW will benefit tremendously from the tutelage of two of the best in the game.
This group is 4 starting caliber players.
The linebacking corps is one of the most shallow on the team. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a player not currently on the team unseat one of the backend guys.
McTyer impressed this preseason and played his way onto the team. Apke looks better at CB than S, but let’s hope he’s primarily playing as a gunner.
William Jackson III
Everett and Reaves here are solid depth, and key personnel on special teams.
Special Teams (3):
We need kicking competition in next year’s camp, but this year, we’re locked in.
Dustin Hopkins (K)
Tress Way (P)
Camaron Cheeseman (LS)
Among those who I think will make the PS are:
- Dax Milne
- Derrick Forrest
- Shaka Toney
- Isaiah Wright
- Kyle Allen
- Stephen Montez
- Caleb Wilson
- David Steinmetz
- Beau Benzschawel
- David Wise
- David Bada
- Keith Ismael
How many roster spots do you think this projection has wrong?
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