Camp is a month away for the Washington Redskins, a time when the serious roster competition will pick up. But after a bunch of boring OTAs (thank goodness I won’t have to use that acronym the rest of the summer), here’s my take on the roster.
First up is the offense.
Set: Jason Campbell and Todd Collins
Competition: Sam Hollenbach vs. Colt Brennan for the No. 3 job. Brennan starts at a disadvantage because of his hip surgery but in his favor is that he’s a Zorn draft pick and that does carry weight.
Prediction: Ultimately, Hollenbach makes the team and Brennan goes to the practice squad.
Running back (4)
Set: Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Mike Sellers and Rock Cartwright.
Competition: None. Each of the four players have specific roles. Young players like Marcus Mason, Pete Schmitt and Nehemiah Broughton make the team only if there are injury issues.
Prediction: Betts had 114 combined touches last year (carries and receptions). If Portis plays 16 games, that number will be significantly less.
Tight end (3)
Set: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis and Todd Yoder.
Competition: None. Cooley is a Pro Bowler who plays every offensive snap and Yoder has become a valuable blocker and occasional receiver. Davis’ challenge will be to show Zorn enough in camp to warrant being a regular part of the passing game.
Prediction: Brian Kozlowski will return in Week 13. Just kidding. I think, finally, ol’ Koz may be done. Also, Redskin Park Media Room Folk Hero Tyler Ecker won’t be around.
Set: Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.
Competition: Who is the fifth receiver — James Thrash or Anthony Mix? Zorn spoke highly of Thrash during OTAs and he is valuable on special teams; Mix is in the 6-foot-5 range and gives Zorn red zone options.
Prediction: Both will probably make the team but it’s unlikely the Redskins will have six receivers active on game day.
Offensive line (9)
Set: Chris Samuels, Randy Thomas, Casey Rabach, Pete Kendall, Jon Jansen and Stephon Heyer.
Competition: I think Jason Fabini is pretty safe as a reserve guard but veteran tackle Todd Wade could be in trouble. Rookies Andrew Crummey and Chad Rinehart will get good looks in camp. (I didn’t include Lorenzo Alexander because he worked mostly on defense this month).
Prediction: It’s important for the Redskins to develop a couple young linemen. But these are still the Redskins and the old guy usually gets the nod. The final three linemen will be Fabini, Wade and Rinehart.
Where have I screwed up? Is there an under-the-radar guy who will make the team? Email thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.