The Redskins released their first depth chart of the preseason earlier this week and I have tried not to make a big deal out of it since it isn???t a real depth chart in the sense that it represents how the coaching staff sees the personnel at each position. In some cases it just represents who the starter was last year ??? and the Redskins return 23 of 24 starters from last season [including kicker and punter] ??? so it isn???t terribly illuminating. In other cases, the depth chart merely reflects who has been practicing with the first team or second team or third team. That often means something, but other times it does not. Nevertheless, lets do this position-by-position. In some cases, it won???t take long.
WR: Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson, Donte Stallworth, Devery Henderson, Skye Dawson, Chip Reeves
WR: Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss, Dez Briscoe, Lance Lewis, Nick Williams
The problem here is that there are at least three wide receiver positions on the Redskins and every other NFL team. This one is missing the slot receiver. Garcon is the X receiver and that job is safely his. Morgan is the Z receiver and while his job isn???t exactly safe, odds are very good he will start there on week one if he???s healthy. Is Santana Moss really a third-stringer? Of course not. He led the team in TD catches last year despite appearing in less than half their plays from scrimmage and he???s having a very good training camp so far. Moss is the team???s slot receiver and when the team is running plays that include a slot receiver in the formation, it???ll be Moss on the field. So he???s not a third-stringer at all and whenever the Redskins open with a 3-WR set, Moss will technically be a starter. Robinson is also having a very strong training camp so far and if it continues, the Redskins will do what they have to do to get his speed on the field in the regular season. If that means sitting Josh Morgan at times, they???ll do it. They won???t be taking a healthy Pierre Garcon out of the lineup, though. He???s a terrific blocker and the team went 9-1 with him in the lineup last year. You don???t mess with those numbers.
LT: Trent Williams, Tom Compton, Xavier Nixon
RT: Tyler Polumbus, Tony Pashos, Jeremy Trueblood
That looks fine, particularly on the left side. Nixon is probably headed for the practice squad if he plays well enough and Trueblood is probably headed for the waiver wire unless he really turns his career around quickly. [Don't bet on it.] The real battle is at RT between Polumbus and Pashos. Polumbus is the starter now, but that???s mostly because he was the starter last season. [He only became the starter because Jammal Brown predictably couldn't play football anymore.]
LG: Kory Lichtensteiger, Josh LeRibeus
RG: Chris Chester, Adam Gettis, Maurice Hurt
Only comment to make here is that Maurice Hurt can play multiple positions along the line ??? either guard and RT ??? so he???s not your average third stringer. Versatility on the offensive line makes a player valuable to a coaching staff trying to juggle numbers on cutdown day. All five of these guys could make the team.
C: Will Montgomery, Kevin Matthews, Tevita Stevens
Lichtensteiger can also play center so don???t be shocked if Montgomery is the only one of these three to make the team.
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