Undrafted free agents: Will Compton, LB; Quinton Dunbar, CB; Je'Ron Hamm, TE; Chris Baker, DE; Darrel Young, FB; Jeron Johnson, S; Ty Nsekhe, OT; Dashaun Phillips, CB; Rashad Ross, WR; Nick Sundberg, LS; Tress Way, P; Houston Bates, LB; Deshazor Everett, CB; Brian De La Puente, C; Carlos Fields, LB; Derek Carrier, TE; Logan Paulsen, TE (IR); Jackson Jeffcoat, LB (IR); Duke Ihenacho, S (IR); James Gayle, LB (IR); Junior Galette, LB (IR); Silas Redd, RB (IR); LaRon Byrd, WR (PS); Takoby Cofield, OT (PS); Corey Crawford, DE (PS); Anthony Johnson, DL (PS); Lynden Trail, LB (PS); Derrick Mathews, LB (PS).
Starts: Tress Way (12), Nick Sundberg (12), Derek Carrier (11), Chris Baker (7), Will Compton (5), Darrel Young (2), Jeron Johnson (2), Ty Nsekhe (1), Duke Ihenacho (1).
Highlights: The Redskins’ special teams have survived because of the help provided by undrafted free agents, notably consistent long-snapper Nick Sundberg and punter Tress Way, who is 17th in the NFL with a 45.48 yards per punt average (30th in net). Both look like players who could be here a few more seasons.
But defensive end Chris Baker has helped the most from scrimmage. Baker has worked his way from a practice-squad player into a solid starter. The Redskins signed Stephen Paea to start at left defensive end, but Baker’s play throughout camp and early in the season turned Paea into a reserve. Baker and Jason Hatcher probably have been the Redskins' most consistent defensive linemen this season.
Will Compton entered the lineup, first because of an injury to Perry Riley Jr., and then because of one to Keenan Robinson. But Compton will stay in the lineup because the coaches have liked his performance; they like how he attacks the line and anticipates plays. Tight end Derek Carrier arrived via trade this summer; he’s been OK, but the Redskins were in a bad spot at this position because of season-ending injuries to Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. Fullback Darrel Young has played less this season, but remains a key special-teams player (along with Jeron Johnson, who has started because of injuries to others).
Quinton Dunbar is one of the most interesting undrafted players. He arrived as a receiver, changed to corner early in training camp and ended up with an end zone interception in a Week 12 win against the New York Giants.