Redskins vs. Eagles: Season-opener predictions
The Redskins 53 man roster includes rookie Jose Gumbs. He was selected on behalf of his tactical plays and performance on special teams. What is more surprising is that he beat DeJon Gomes for the spot, who was the 2011 draft pick. Redskins pick their players very carefully and this means they have expectations from Gumbs, who was added from the practice field.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed on Monday that Robert Griffin III will be starting at quarterback against Philadelphia Eagles, even though this was an inevitable decision.
The Redskins made room for a total of $7.2 million in cap space when Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield and Adam Carriker restructured their contracts previous week. But this cap space was short lived because during the preseason games, the roster was of 51 players and when the regular season started the team had to accommodate 53 players and those on PUP list and injured reserve.
The Redskins still have four quarterbacks on their roster. It is unclear why exactly are the Redskins hanging on to Pat White who only seems good to see the field in case of a dire emergency. But the Redskins could have other agendas as Shanahan gave a generic response to why White is still around on the 53-man roster.
“Like I said all along, we’re trying to keep the top 53 players and I thought Pat was one of the top 53 players,” Shanahan said.
Redskins also have a lot of youth which also equals inexperience across their offensive line. But there shouldn’t be any troubles there if the Redskins opt for reserves at the guard position. Surely, if the Redskins can’t find use for a third-round pick like Josh LeRibeus or a fifth-rounder like Adam Gettis at guard, then it’s time to start questioning the effectiveness of your scouting and development. There could be legitimate cause of concerns if the Redskins have to turn to Tom Compton at tackle. While he won’t be completely overwhelmed, he is still expected to face some difficulty at the position.
Meanwhile, if the Eagles open up in a three wide receiver set, look for the Redskins to likely start two rookies at defensive back. The combination of Bacarri Rambo at free safety and David Amerson at nickelback could create some unease, but there’s also the fact that the duo has previously faced kind of attack we expect from first-year Eagles coach Chip Kelly’ offenses – and that lesson is still relatively fresh in their minds as compared to most of the veterans.