Depth Chart Predictions for Redskins’ Opener Against Philadelphia

It’s finally time to start talking about regular season football. The Redskins will open up their season on the road against an Eagles team with strong playoff aspirations and a ferocious defensive line. How will the Redskins’ starting lineup stack up against an Eagles team that has swept them the last two seasons?

Offense 

Quarterback 

Starter: Case Keenum

Dwayne Haskins will back him up Keenum while Colt McCoy is on the mend. Barring catastrophe, Keenum should be the only QB to see the field.

Running Back 

Starter: Derrius Guice 

Expect Guice to get plenty of work, although his reps should ramp up later in the season with Adrian Peterson getting a solid share of the carries. Chris Thompson should be the third down back, as usual. 

Receivers 

X: Terry McLaurin

Y: Trey Quinn

Z: Paul Richardson

Tight End: Jordan Reed

Robert Davis and Steven Sims will be the backup wideouts, with Sims as the likely reserve to Quinn in the slot. Kelvin Harmon could also suit up over Davis, but for now I think Gruden will have Davis get time over the rookie. 

Vernon Davis fits behind Reed, while Jeremy Sprinkle will be the occasional blocking tight end or fullback.

Offensive Line 

Left Tackle: Donald Penn

Left Guard: Ereck Flowers

Center: Chase Roullier

Right Guard: Brandon Scherff

Right Tackle: Morgan Moses

Geron Christian will serve as the extra offensive tackle, with Wes Martin as the backup guard (predominantly for Flowers). Rookie center Ross Pierschbacher will also be available behind Chase Roullier. 

In the unforeseen event that Trent Wiliams returns, he will obviously start at left tackle. We won’t worry about what that would mean for the rest of the roster yet.

Defense 

Defensive Line 

Left End: Jonathan Allen

Nose Tackle: Daron Payne

Right End: Matt Ioannidis

Tim Settle will serve as the primary backup. Caleb Brantley should get a role in the future, but there’s a chance they’ll rest him as he recovers from a foot injury suffered during training camp. Newly-acquired lineman Treyvon Hester will be suited up to add depth to the position.

Linebackers  

Left Edge: Ryan Anderson 

Mike: Jon Bostic

Will: Shaun Dion Hamilton

Right Edge: Ryan Kerrigan

It’s still up in the air as to who starts the game opposite Kerrigan, but expect both Anderson and Sweat to rotate in and out heavily Week 1. While Cassanova McKinzy is on track to play Week 1, it’s worth keeping an eye out for him after his concussion in the team’s preseason finale against the Ravens. 

Josh Harvey-Clemons and Cole Holecomb will also find some time behind Bostic and Hamilton after impressive preseasons. 

Cornerback 

Left: Quinton Dunbar

Right: Josh Norman

Nickel: Jimmy Moreland

Fabian Moreau will likely be the starting slot corner when he’s healthy, but he isn’t, so now it’s time to see if the hype around Jimmy Moreland translates onto the field in the regular season. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will also get featured, most likely in relief of Dunbar.  

Safety 

Strong: Landon Collins

Free: Montae Nicholson

Deshazor Everett will most likely be rotated in or featured on nickel packages throughout the game. Troy Apke will be seen on special teams. 

Specialists 

Kicker: Dustin Hopkins

Punter: Tress Way

Long Snapper: Nick Sundberg

With Byron Marshall gone, it’s hard to say who will be fielding kickoffs Week 1. Steven Sims was impressive in the preseason finale at the position, so perhaps he’ll get the first shot at it. Sims and Stroman are also strong candidates for punt returns if they’re both active, with Stroman bringing experience from last season. 

Inactives 

QB Colt McCoy, RB Wendell Smallwood, WR Kelvin Harmon, OT Tony Bergstrom, DT Caleb Brantley, CBs Fabian Moreau and CB Greg Stroman.

Obviously the depth chart is fluid and, especially for Week 1, we’ll be seeing a lot of rotating and usage of the team’s depth, but Washington will have the best chance with this lineup against a tough Philadelphia team at home.

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