- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

The Redskins wrapped up the preseason Thursday against Jacksonville. Now the front office and coaching staff must trim the roster from 75 players to 53 before Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline. For the third time since the June organized team activities, Redskins beat reporter Ryan O’Halloran projects the 53-man roster:

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks (three)

Staying: Jason Campbell, Todd Collins and Colt Brennan

Going: Chase Daniel

Analysis: Collins showed he remains functional and took an early hold on the No. 2 job. Brennan gets the nod over Daniel because, in a worst-case situation (Campbell and Collins getting hurt in the same game), Brennan gives the Redskins a better option than the rookie. Daniel has earned a spot on the practice squad.

Running backs (five)

Staying: Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Anthony Alridge and Mike Sellers

Going: Dominique Dorsey, Marcus Mason and Eddie Williams

Analysis: The Redskins usually have kept three running backs and a fullback, but despite missing two games with a toe injury Alridge certainly could get a spot because of the potential he has exhibited. If he makes the roster, it will be interesting to see what role he plays and if he takes any snaps from Betts. Mason is a fan favorite, but he doesn’t do enough on special teams to stick.

Tight ends (three)

Staying: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis and Todd Yoder

Going: Robbie Agnone

Analysis: The surprise among the cuts could be Yoder since he hasn’t played much with the first team in short-yardage situations. Davis has emerged in a regular role, and Sellers could always be used as a third tight end. The Redskins know what they will get from Cooley, but how Davis will be implemented is an early-season subplot.

Receivers (five)

Staying: Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly and Marko Mitchell

Going: Keith Eloi, Trent Shelton and D.J. Hackett

Analysis: The first four spots were locked in entering camp; Mitchell, a seventh-round pick, rose up to snatch the fifth position. At this point, Mitchell wouldn’t clear waivers, so the Redskins have to keep him on the 53-man roster. Kelly has enjoyed a fine training camp. Eloi or Shelton could be candidates for the practice squad.

Offensive line (nine)

Staying: Casey Rabach, Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Randy Thomas, Stephon Heyer, Will Montgomery, Chad Rinehart, Mike Williams and Jeremy Bridges

Going: Edwin Williams, Scott Burley, D’Anthony Batiste and Rueben Riley

Analysis: Right tackle was never a competition; it became Heyer’s job after Mike Williams and Bridges couldn’t stay healthy. Among the reserves, coach Jim Zorn confirmed this week that Montgomery is on the 53-man roster as a center/guard. Mike Williams will make the team despite missing two games. Edwin Williams would be a good practice squad player. Expect the Redskins to scour the waiver wire to see if they can tweak this group.

DEFENSE

Defensive line (nine)

Staying: Albert Haynesworth, Cornelius Griffin, Andre Carter, Phillip Daniels, Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston, Jeremy Jarmon, Lorenzo Alexander and Renaldo Wynn

Going: Antonio Dixon, Alex Buzbee, Rob Jackson and J.D. Skolnitsky

Analysis: This is the strongest and deepest position on the team. Haynesworth has been as advertised (tough to contain) in limited preseason work, and Carter already is benefiting from No. 92’s presence, seeing the double teams shift inside. Jarmon could contribute sooner than anticipated. Among the cuts, expect at least one player to land on the practice squad.

Linebackers (seven)

Staying: London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Brian Orakpo, H.B. Blades, Robert Thomas, Chris Wilson and Cody Glenn

Going: Robert Henson and Darrel Young

Analysis: Orakpo has been impressive during camp as a pass rusher but is a work in progress as a strongside linebacker, especially in coverage. Wilson quickly earned a roster spot with his special teams play. The Redskins like Glenn’s athleticism, and he’ll be a project. Young is worth signing to the practice squad.

Cornerbacks (five)

Staying: DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot, Kevin Barnes and Justin Tryon

Going: Byron Westbrook and Doug Dutch

Analysis: This group was pretty much set entering camp, the only question being whether Barnes and Tryon could challenge Smoot for the No. 3 spot. It hasn’t happened. The concern entering the season is Rogers, whose left calf strain has lingered for a month and limited him to one preseason game. Barnes and Tryon better be ready to go — calf injuries tend to be a season-long nuisance.

Safeties (four)

Staying: LaRon Landry, Chris Horton, Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore

Going: Lendy Holmes

Analysis: This quartet of players presents defensive coordinator Greg Blache with a wealth of options. If Moore continues to improve, he would allow Landry to move closer to the line of scrimmage and do what he does best: hit the running back or quarterback. Doughty has made a strong return from back surgery.

Specialists (three)

Staying: Hunter Smith, Shaun Suisham and Ethan Albright

Going: Dave Rayner

Analysis: If a competition ends in a tie, the edge generally goes to the guy who has been around — Suisham. The kicking battle never really got going because of limited opportunities. Smith and Albright came into camp as the only punter and long snapper on the roster.

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