- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2006

The Redskins — thankfully — wrapped up the preseason last night with a 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens before around 60,000 at FedEx, about 5,000 of whom stuck it out until the very end, hopefully because they wanted to avoid traffic, not because they love preseason football so dearly.

Next up is the final roster cutdown — the Redskins have to be at 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. Here’s our projection of which guys will make the roster, sorted out by position. This doesn’t include any waiver pick ups from other teams:

QB (3): Brunell, Collins, Campbell. No surprises here.

RB/FB (6): Portis, Betts, Cartwright, Duckett, Sellers, Broughton. Broughton is one of the final players to make the roster because the coaches like his ability to lead-block and he can run people over on special teams.

TE (3): Cooley, Fauria and White. I’m making Manuel White a tight end here because that’s how I think they’ll end up using him, especially if Sellers plays a lot of fullback. They keep White over Buck Ortega because White is a better blocker.

OL (9): Rabach, Samuels, Jansen, Thomas, Dockery, Pucillo, Ndukwe, Molinaro, Walter. This is a position where the Redskins will be actively searching other teams’ cut lists, especially after the second-team line gave up 6 sacks against Baltimore. An injury to one of the starters and the Redskins are in deep doo-doo.

WR (5): Moss, Lloyd, Randle El, Patten, Thrash. No surprises here. Sure, Mike Espy earned raves from the television talking heads, but can you remember one great play he made? I can’t. Stick him on the practice squad and get him ready to play in case of an injury.

DL (9): Daniels, Griffin, Salave’a, Carter, Wynn, Evans, Boschetti, Killings, Golston. Golston gets the nod over fellow drafted rookie Anthony Montgomery. The Redskins might keep a 10th lineman because of the injury situation.

LB (6): Washington, Marshall, Holdman, McIntosh, Campbell, Posey. No real shockers here, either.

CB (5): Springs, Rogers, Wright, Rumph, Jimoh. The Redskins should be in the market for corner help. I don’t think Springs will play in the opener, Rogers hasn’t proven he can stay healthy and, during the preseason, Wright and Rumph struggled.

S (4): Taylor, Archuleta, Prioleau, Doughty. The Redskins keep the drafted kid (Doughty) over Vernon Fox, whom they signed last week.

Specialists (3): Hall, Frost, Albright.

Hopefully my math is correct and that adds up to 53.

Some impressions of last night’s game

• It was boring. I spent most of the second half standing in the back of the press box, chatting about boxing, hockey, horse racing and golf — anything but the Redskins — with Times columnist Dan Daly.

• My chief concern for the Redskins isn’t their offense because I’m giving Al Saunders the benefit of the doubt. It’s the health situation on defense.

• Baltimore won’t be very good. McNair can’t stay healthy and when he goes down, so will the Ravens’ chances in a brutal division (Pittsburgh and Cincy are the class of the AFC North).

• Punter Derrick Frost saved his job … for at least 11 days, with a solid performance.

• Kicker John Hall is one pulled quad or hamstring from finding himself cut.

• Jason Campbell wasn’t put in a situation to really succeed this preseason. He needed to play with front-line offensive players, not guys who struggle in pass protection, struggle with their route running and aren’t a part of the Redskins’ future like Campbell.

• I’ll save my prediction on the season until next week but I’m not jumping off the bandwagon just yet. I still think 10 wins for the Redskins, barring major injuries.

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