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Washington Redskins' projected roster

Examining the Washington Redskins' roster:

Quarterbacks (3)

Jay Gruden only had two quarterbacks in each of his three seasons with Cincinnati, but Griffin still needs to prove his durability. So nothing has changed since the original posting. If something happened to Griffin, they would still be in good shape with Cousins and McCoy. If they go with two, then McCoy gets left off.

Running backs (4)

This one is becoming interesting because of Chris Thompson's health. Durability is an issue with him and, guess what, he's missed a lot of time in camp with various leg issues. Now it's an ankle injury that could keep him out another several days. If healthy, I give him the edge but he needs to stay healthy. Seastrunk's speed is terrific, but I'm still not sold on him making the team because he has a lot to learn to be a third-down back. So his inclusion is a nod toward his speed and the fact that he's a draft pick - and, again, Thompson's health. Evan Royster can do some things the young guys can't but in Thompson and Seastrunk's case they offer more speed. Silas Redd looked good the other night, but still need to see more.

Receivers (6)

I still don't think Leonard Hankerson will be ready to start the season on the active roster, though he seems to think he'll be OK. We'll see. Robinson is coming off a strong week.

Tight ends (3)

Rookie tight end Ted Bolser looks better than in the spring, which is a good sign. He's still learning the details of blocking, etc., and it could be hard to keep four tight ends this season. Bolser is a good candidate for the practice squad. Paul is having a good camp, but he had one last year as well.

Offensive line (9)

Have to say, I'm going back and forth on Tom Compton. Right now I'd say he needs to show better against the higher caliber of players he's now facing. Compton struggled last week and did so again in the preseason opener -- and in practice Sunday. I've liked him and have seen progress, but I just don't know right now. The problem is Morgan Moses does not look ready to be the No. 1 backup tackle. Maybe in three weeks that will be different. Also was not wowed by Josh LeRibeus' outing in the opener.

Defensive line (6)

This one is fluid as well because it depends in part on Bowen’s health. Bowen is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season. I like Chris Neild and so do they, but can they keep him? Golston is more versatile and a key player on special teams, but he’s also 30 and they must get younger at some point. But he still helps in too many ways. Clifton Geathers and Neild will factor in here.

Linebackers (9)

Nothing has changed here. Sharpton's high ankle sprain makes him interesting, and he must do a better job in what he's asked to do. But he's on the roster for now. If he somehow has to be out a while then Akeem Jordan will get the nod here. But, for now, this group stays the same.

Cornerbacks (5)

Chase Minnifield remains eligible for the practice squad and has looked solid in camp. Richard Crawford is coming off a knee injury and needs time to get his game back. The one benefit for Crawford is that he can play in the slot; they need depth at that spot. Breeland has worked there as well, however. Porter is still shaking rust off his game after missing the offseason because of shoulder surgery; he needs to improve. It's hard to imagine Breeland playing over him in the slot, at least initially, but the coaches love Breeland's mindset and potential.

Safeties (5)

I made a change here because after watching Robinson in the opener, he's a guy I'd try to find a spot for because of how much he loves finding contact. Makes him a worthy special teams player. But he has to do a better job playing the defense if he wants to keep this spot. Rambo played better in the preseason opener so he sticks for now. This one is fluid. It will be difficult to keep five safeties and some of it will depend on how they view Clark's ability to stay healthy for 16 games (or close to it).

Specialists (3)

Forbath was the guy up until this week as Hocker now rates a small edge. They've looked about the same in practice and Hocker had the better opener. Again, this one is far from over. But Forbath needs to kick well in the next three games.