Redskins' roster gets younger; fewer players over 30

The Washington Redskins won't practice Tuesday, but they will have meetings. They resume practice Wednesday. Here are three areas of interest for your wake-up call:

  1. QB Robert Griffin III. There's a good chance he'll visit the neurologist and afterward a determination could be made on whether he's cleared or not. Of course, knowing this situation it could always drag into another day. And wouldn't that be fun. Regardless, if Griffin is cleared it's likely that Colt McCoy will serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Kirk Cousins.

  2. Roster age. One thing general manager Scot McCloughan did is reduce the age of the roster -- the Redskins have just five players who are 30 years or older (and a sixth on injured reserve in Adam Hayward). Four of those five start: center Kory Lichtensteiger, corner DeAngelo Hall, defensive end Jason Hatcher and safety Dashon Goldson. So it's easy to look at the defense as still being in transition -- it wasn't going to be fixed in one offseason. Hatcher's age (33) means the Redskins must do a good job rotating their ends -- and then probably needing to find one in the offseason. But if they can keep him healthy, he can help. For what it's worth, the Redskins had 10 players who were 30 or over at the end of last season (three were on injured reserve).

  3. Corner depth. One reason I initially left Deshazor Everett off the 53-man roster, even though I knew they liked him, was because they'd only need him for one week. And if he wasn't going to start on special teams, then there wasn't much reason to keep him if they found someone else at a position of need like tight end (newly-signed Anthony McCoy). The Redskins still have four corners for Sunday -- Hall, Chris Culliver, David Amerson and Justin Rogers. There are some question marks in there; in fact, all but Culliver have questions about them entering the season.