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Redskins 90-Man Roster Breakdown: Offense


Next week, the Washington Redskins will begin the first of four weeks of OTAs at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

While no live contact is permitted during this time frame, 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

In preparation of seeing the team in a practice setting for the first time this year, here's a quick look at where the offense stands on the current 90-man roster (note that some players may not participate depending on where they are in their rehab programs after injuries).

Take a look at photos from the fourth day of Phase 2 offseason workouts for the 2019 Washington Redskins.

Quarterback (4)*

Dwayne Haskins, Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, Josh Woodrum

It's already clear that the most intriguing battle in training camp this season will be at quarterback, where the Redskins will have three men under center battling to compete for Week 1.

The team's selection of Haskins in the first round injected youth and a vision for the future. But during his first year, he will be able to lean on veterans such as Keenum and McCoy, who enters his sixth season in Washington, as Haskins jockeys for position.

"We're going to go at it," head coach Jay Gruden said. "Throw the ball out there let these guys compete really. I think he obviously displayed enough of a skillset to warrant the 15th pick in the [NFL] Draft and to give him an opportunity to see how far he can take this thing without a doubt. I've been impressed with the other quarterbacks that we have here. Case [Keenum] has done an excellent job from the little bit we've seen of him and Colt [McCoy's] obviously rehabbing, Josh [Woodrum] has done a good job as well. It's a good group and competition will be there."

*Alex Smith is still on the roster, but there is no timetable for his return at this moment.

Running Back (7)

Derrius Guice, Bryce Love, Byron Marshall, Samaje Perine, Adrian Peterson, Craig Reynolds, Chris Thompson

The Redskins inked Peterson to a reported two-year deal this offseason, returning a veteran who continued to flash shades of his younger self throughout his renaissance season in Washington. He'll provide some trust to a running backs group that is filled with injury history.

Guice plans to return to the fold for training camp (and will likely participate in some individual drills during OTAs) while Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall and Chris Thompson will be the featured players over the next month.

During owner's meetings, Gruden was particularly high on Perine, explaining that he'd like to get him more opportunities and that he still believes in his value to the team.

That was before the Redskins made Bryce Love a fourth-round pick. He's still rehabbing from the knee injury he sustained during the last game of his college career, and will likely be held out of practices until he is fully healthy.

"Unfortunately, he had the injury but we thought when you go by the board he was ranked up there pretty high for us and he was available and we took him," Gruden said of Love. "Give him time to get better, number one get him in the building, get his rehab going in the right path, which it already is, and the type of guy that he is team captain. I think he'll be ready in no time."

Fullback (1)

Elijah Wellman

Wide Receiver (12)

Jehu Chesson, Robert Davis, Josh Doctson, Kelvin Harmon, Darvin Kidsy, Terry McLaurin, Brian Quick, Trey Quinn, T.J. Rahming, Paul Richardson Jr., Cam Sims, Steven Sims.

The Redskins lost Jamison Crowder and Maurice Harris to free agency this offseason, but after their 2019 draft, they're willing to rely on some of their younger players. Aside from two players, every wide receiver on the roster is on his first contract.

That breeds excitement and vulnerability, but the Redskins are ready to see how a healthier Paul Richardson Jr. fares now that his collarbone is healed, mixed with draft picks Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon, who both offer unique skillsets.

"Some of those free agents that we signed, T.J. [Rahming] and Steven Sims, they were good and obviously Terry [McLaurin] and Kelvin [Harmon] were excellent," Gruden said, describing rookie minicamp. "It was good to watch those guys run around."

Robert Daivs is expected to return to the team near the end of training camp or just prior to the season starting, while Brian Quick and Jehu Chesson return as outside threats and potential help on special teams.

Tight End (6)

Vernon Davis, Matt Flanagan, Manasseh Garner, J.P. Holtz, Jordan Reed, Jeremy Sprinkle

No tight ends will be new to the organization this offseason.

The Redskins opted not to draft one and already parted ways with Elkanah Dillon, after signing the undrafted tight end a couple weeks ago. That means the team still believes in its veterans, who should all be active for OTAs with the exception of Garner, who remains rehabbing a torn ACL.

Gruden would like to see another step from Jeremy Sprinkle and see Reed find his previous levels of production again, which should have a better chance after an offseason that didn't require any surgeries.

Davis, meanwhile, took sole possession of seventh on the NFL's all-time career touchdown reception list among tight ends last year, passing Redskins great Jerry Smith after hauling in a 22-yard touchdown reception against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. He enters his age 35 season still in top physical condition.

Throughout OTAs, Flanagan and Holtz, who played small roles last year, should get ample opportunities to jockey for backup roles this season.

Offensive Line (16)

Casey Dunn, Ross Pierschbacher, Chase Roullier, Tyler Catalina, Jerald Foster, Wes Martin, Brandon Scherff, Zac Kerin, Tony Bergstrom, Ereck Flowers, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Geron Christian Sr., Morgan Moses, Chidi Okeke, Timon Parris, Trent Williams

At one point this offseason, Gruden was trying to determine if he'd have any tackles available for spring workouts and OTAs.

Without Trent Williams, Morgan Moses and Geron Chrisitian Sr. for most of this offseason, recovering from various injuries, the team picked up Ereck Flowers and drafted Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher. They will primarily help on the inside, but that frees up swing linemen to help at tackle, too.

That includes Timon Parris and Chidi Okeke, along with Tyler Catalina, who missed all of last season to injury.

In other words, the starting line won't quite resemble itself at least until training camp, but OTAs will provide a lot of players with an opportunity to compete for backup jobs and make an impression to Bill Callahan and the offensive staff.

"Signing Ereck Flowers helped a little bit as far as the offensive line depth, and trying him at left guard would be an interesting deal, and I think it's something he would be able to handle," Gruden said. "But also have the ability to be a backup to both tackle spots like Ty Nseke was last year."

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