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The 5 O’Clock Club: Late-June initial 53-man roster projection

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

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The 5 o’clock club is published from time to time during the season, and aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

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Here’s a look at the full 90-man offseason roster

Here’s my projection for the Week One 53-man roster


  • The player I’m least convinced about is Kazmeir Allen. If he makes the team, he does it as a return man. He was not a punt returner in college, and he was injured during minicamp, so he will have to prove himself during training camp and preseason. I’m not sold, but Ron Rivera seems to have him on the list as the probable return man.
  • Defensively, the team seems like it would be better suited to have 11 DBs and 4 LBs; I went 10/5 based on my perception of special teams value, which often determines the final 3 or 4 roster spots. That’s why I put Eifler in over any of the DBs that didn’t make the cut.
  • I went with 4 TEs because it seems like EB wants to have 3 TEs active on game days, and you have to allow for occasional injuries.
  • I opted for 2 QBs with Fromm to the Practice Squad, which means that Washington would not be able to take advantage of the new Emergency QB rule.


Which of these players probably DOES NOT actually make the initial 53?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Christian Holmes
    (75 votes)
  • 41%
    Abdullah Anderson
    (324 votes)
  • 15%
    Milo Eifler
    (118 votes)
  • 4%
    Tyler Larsen
    (32 votes)
  • 11%
    Marcus Kemp
    (89 votes)
  • 9%
    Kazmeir Allen
    (74 votes)
  • 8%
    Curtis Hodges
    (65 votes)
777 votes total Vote Now


Which of these players that I put on the Practice Squad is MOST LIKELY to make the 53-man initial roster?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Rachad Wildgoose
    (134 votes)
  • 4%
    Tariq Castro-Fields
    (35 votes)
  • 43%
    Casey Toohill
    (331 votes)
  • 4%
    Andre Jones
    (34 votes)
  • 13%
    Dax Milne
    (101 votes)
  • 0%
    Brycen Tremayne
    (6 votes)
  • 5%
    Jonathan Williams
    (40 votes)
  • 3%
    Mitchell Tinsley
    (28 votes)
  • 7%
    Jake Fromm
    (56 votes)
765 votes total Vote Now