- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2009

REDSKINS’ 53-MAN ROSTER

QUARTERBACKS

No. Name Ht. Wt. Age College

17 Jason Campbell 6-5 230 27 Auburn

15 Todd Collins 6-4 223 37 Michigan

Analysis: Turns out the No. 3 quarterback competition was much ado about nothing. Colt Brennan (hip) was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list, and Chase Daniel was released and expected to sign with the practice squad Sunday. Only a disaster - Campbell and Collins going down in the same game - would make this decision look bad. It also erases hopes by the Cult of Colt that he replaces Campbell during the year.

RUNNING BACKS

24 Marcus Mason 5-9 215 25 Youngstown St.

26 Clinton Portis 5-11 221 28 Miami (Fla.)

31 Rock Cartwright 5-8 213 29 Kansas St.

45 Mike Sellers 6-3 273 34 Walla Walla CC

46 Ladell Betts 5-11 224 29 Iowa

Analysis: The Redskins were impressed enough by Mason that they departed from the normal four tailbacks/fullbacks. It will be interesting to see how coach Jim Zorn and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith find a role for Mason. Portis is the workhorse, and Betts will get time. Where Mason could be effective is as a bulldozer running behind Sellers in short-yardage situations, which have plagued the Redskins for years.

TIGHT ENDS

47 Chris Cooley 6-3 250 27 Utah St.

86 Fred Davis 6-4 257 23 Southern Cal

87 Todd Yoder 6-4 251 31 Vanderbilt

Analysis: Yoder seemed to be on the bubble because he didn’t play much in the preseason and Sellers was a tight end in some formations. Although his playing time will slip, Yoder is still on the roster. Davis had a decent preseason, and it’s clear the coaches trust him more - against New England he was a part of several two-tight end sets. Cooley caught 83 passes but only one touchdown, so expect that to change.

RECEIVERS

11 Devin Thomas 6-2 215 22 Michigan St.

12 Malcolm Kelly 6-4 227 22 Oklahoma

82 Antwaan Randle El 5-10 185 30 Indiana

84 Marko Mitchell 6-4 218 24 Nevada

89 Santana Moss 5-10 200 30 Miami (Fla.)

Analysis: Mitchell was the surprise of camp, rising from seventh-round pick to the opening-week roster. Now the coaches have a conundrum: Was Mitchell so impressive that he warrants a specific role instead of being inactive on Sundays? He could take playing time away from Thomas, who was passed by Kelly in the preseason. Expect Kelly to be the regular No. 2 receiver and Randle El to play more in the slot in three-receiver sets.

OFFENSIVE LINE

50 Edwin Williams (G/C) 6-3 315 22 Maryland

60 Chris Samuels (T) 6-5 314 32 Alabama

61 Casey Rabach (C) 6-4 295 31 Wisconsin

63 Will Montgomery (C/G) 6-3 305 26 Virginia Tech

66 Derrick Dockery (G) 6-6 326 28 Texas

71 Mike Williams (T) 6-7 337 29 Texas

74 Stephon Heyer (T) 6-6 330 25 Maryland

75 Chad Rinehart (G) 6-5 310 24 Northern Iowa

77 Randy Thomas (G) 6-5 308 33 Mississippi St.

78 D’Anthony Batiste (T/G) 6-4 314 27 La.-Lafayette

Analysis: Two surprises among this group - Williams, the undrafted free agent from Maryland and Batiste. Jeremy Bridges was bad in the preseason, and it cost him a job. The starting unit enters the regular season healthy, but with three of the starters over 30, health will continue to be a concern. Zorn professed confidence if he has to plug a reserve in for one or two weeks, but the Redskins are in trouble if he has to fill more than one spot at the same time. There is some versatility among the backups; Montgomery, Batiste and Williams play two positions.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

76 Jeremy Jarmon 6-3 277 21 Kentucky

79 L. Alexander (DT/DE) 6-1 297 26 California

93 Phillip Daniels 6-6 305 36 Georgia

97 Renaldo Wynn 6-3 280 35 Notre Dame

99 Andre Carter 6-4 253 30 California

Analysis: The Redskins added Jarmon in the supplemental draft and brought back Wynn after a two-year absence. This group should benefit from the presence of Albert Haynesworth in the middle and the expected impact of linebacker Brian Orakpo. Carter and Daniels are the starters, and Jarmon could work his way into the rotation if he continues to impress in practice. Alexander is essentially filling the role vacated by Demetric Evans.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

64 Kedric Golston 6-4 300 26 Georgia

92 Albert Haynesworth 6-6 350 28 Tennessee

94 Anthony Montgomery 6-6 330 25 Minnesota

96 Cornelius Griffin 6-4 303 32 Alabama

Analysis: Haynesworth was the big addition, and his impact won’t be realized until he plays a full game. In the preseason, he saw a steady diet of double teams even when he moved to right end on passing downs. Griffin should be productive in one-on-one matchups and not get as beaten-up. Golston and Montgomery will be part of the rotation, but they won’t play as much as they did last year because of Haynesworth and the use of Daniels on third down.

LINEBACKERS

52 Rocky McIntosh 6-2 238 26 Miami (Fla.)

54 H.B. Blades 5-10 242 24 Pittsburgh

58 Robert Henson 6-0 242 23 TCU

59 London Fletcher 5-10 245 34 John Carroll

95 Chris Wilson 6-4 247 27 Northwood

98 Brian Orakpo 6-4 260 23 Texas

Analysis: Fletcher, McIntosh and Orakpo are the starters, and Blades returns as the backup in the middle. Wilson used a strong camp on special teams in his transition from defensive end to make the roster. Henson earned a roster spot in the Jacksonville game instead of Robert Thomas and Cody Glenn. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache said after Thursday’s game that one player played himself off the roster. It was either Thomas or Glenn.

CORNERBACKS

20 Justin Tryon 5-9 183 25 Arizona St.

22 Carlos Rogers 6-0 190 28 Auburn

23 DeAngelo Hall 5-10 195 25 Virginia Tech

25 Kevin Barnes 6-11 88 22 Maryland

27 Fred Smoot 5-11 185 30 Mississippi St.

34 Byron Westbrook 5-10 198 24 Salisbury

Analysis: Westbrook was the big winner Saturday. He probably was headed back to the practice squad for a third year, but Rogers’ calf injury necessitated an additional corner for at least the opening week. Rogers’ presence is huge. With him and Hall, the Redskins have two solid cover corners; without Rogers, the Redskins have to rely heavily on Smoot and especially Tryon and Barnes, two youngsters who had inconsistent camps.

SAFETIES

30 LaRon Landry 6-0 210 24 LSU

37 Reed Doughty 6-1 205 26 No. Colorado

41 Kareem Moore 5-11 218 25 Nicholls St.

48 Chris Horton 6-1 211 24 UCLA

Analysis: The Redskins have youth, depth and athleticism at safety, and even though Landry and Horton are the starters, Doughty and Moore will see playing time. Everybody in camp is predicting a big season for Landry (three takeaways in 32 career games), and Horton will benefit if the quarterbacks throw under pressure. Doughty has returned from a back injury and looked sharp at Jacksonville, posting two pressures via the blitz.

SPECIALISTS

3 Hunter Smith (P) 6-2 209 32 Notre Dame

6 Shaun Suisham (K) 6-0 200 27 Bowling Green

67 Ethan Albright (LS) 6-5 248 38 North Carolina

Analysis: Smith and Albright faced no competition in camp, so their spots were secure. The Redskins were last in punting in 2008 and averaged 37 net yards in the preseason, which ranked 22nd in the NFL. Suisham won the kicking competition over Dave Rayner by hitting two of three field goal attempts and his only extra-point try.

- Ryan O’Halloran