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Mark Tyler’s Commanders 53-Man Roster Prediction

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With the final preseason game ending Saturday evening, the staff is working diligently to decide who makes this team, and who is released. Overall, it’s a very talented roster at some key positional groups, with offensive line, tight end and linebacker being the three big question marks. I imagine that even after roster cuts on Tuesday, this roster will still not be complete as the staff may be scouring the waiver wire to see what players other teams have released.

Below is my 53-man roster prediction. I have 26 being kept on offense and 24 on the defensive side of the football.

Offense (26)

QB (3):

Sam Howell

Jacoby Brissett

Jake Fromm

- The new gameday active rule and what happened to the 49ers last season, coupled with the fact that he just played well, make the decision to keep Fromm on the roster a wise one.

RB (3):

Brian Robinson

Antonio Gibson

Chris Rodriguez

- Keeping four running backs is a possibility, but I think we can Patterson or Gore on the practice squad.

WR (6):

Terry Mclaurin

Jahan Dotson

Curtis Samuel

Dyami Brown

Byron Pringle

Dax Milne

- I feel Rivera and company like Milne a LOT more than the fanbase does. Kaz Allen shooting himself in the foot Saturday night makes this decision easier. The tougher decision is seeing if they can get Mitchell Tinsley on the practice squad (which may be hard to do).

TE (4):

Logan Thomas

Cole Turner

John Bates

Alex Armah

- I have zero faith in Logan Thomas, so that’s part of the reason I have us keeping Armah as the fourth TE (or fourth RB - however you want to call it). Alex is versatile and smart, and this staff really likes him. He’s also an excellent special teams guy.

OL (10):

Charles Leno

Andrew Wylie

Cornelius Lucas

Braeden Daniels

Saahdiq Charles

Sam Cosmi

Chris Paul

Nick Gates

Tyler Larsen

Ricky Stromberg

- I am VERY hesitant to put Braeden Daniels on this roster, as he’s just not earned it. However, there is no chance that Rivera and company give up on a fourth round pick this early. I’d rather see Mason Brooks here, but Daniels will be the pick.

Defense (24)

DL (10):

Jonathan Allen

Daron Payne

Phidarian Mathis

John Ridgeway

Montez Sweat

Chase Young

Efe Obada

Casey Toohill

James Smith-Williams

Andre Jones

- The tough decision here is Jones vs. Henry. By all accounts, Jones has outplayed his rookie counterpart and, in this projection, he’s rewarded with a roster spot.

LB (4):

Jamin Davis

Cody Barton

Khaleke Hudson

David Mayo

- This one seems pretty easy. Four seems to be the number here and these are the top guys on the roster.

DB (6):

Kendall Fuller

Emmanuel Forbes

Benjamin St-Juste

Quan Martin

Danny Johnson

Christian Holmes

- Martin could be listed at either slot corner or safety and it’s just semantics as to how you want to call it. Regardless, the rookie makes the team and will likely have some packages where we see him contributing.

S (4):

Kam Curl

Darrick Forrest

Percy Butler

Jeremy Reaves

- These four seem pretty set in stone, with the wild-card being where/how Del Rio will deploy Martin.

Special Teams (3):

Joey Slye

Tress Way

Camaron Cheeseman