ASHBURN, Va. -- The spring didn't alter the outlook for the Washington Redskins' rookies. After the draft, none of them was projected to break into the starting lineup and, as the Redskins break for the offseason, nothing has changed.
Here's a look at how the rookies fared this spring:
Receiver Josh Doctson: Couldn't practice because of a tweaked Achilles in his left foot. The Redskins say they were being precautionary holding him out of three weeks of organized team activities as well as minicamp. Receivers coach Ike Hilliard said Wednesday that “Josh is going to be fine. I'm not worried about him at all.” But it's never helpful to miss that much time as a rookie. He can make it up, but it'll certainly leave him a little behind when camp begins. The coaches loved how he ran routes in rookie minicamp -- he was smooth. For now, that's what they have to go on.
Linebacker Su'a Cravens: Worked a lot with the second-team defense, but he was taking snaps as a nickel/dime linebacker with the starters this past week. Cravens definitely flashed at times, particularly on run blitzes through the interior. His instincts seemed to be strong. There were times he gave up catches, but he did not look lost. I know he's listed as a safety, but he worked strictly at linebacker. Cravens added speed in the box.
Expected role: Nickel/dime linebacker.
Cornerback Kendall Fuller: Worked primarily with the second defense. At times he drove well on the ball. The Redskins want to take it slow with Fuller, though it's not as if he sat out a lot, because he's coming off microfracture surgery and missed most of his last college season. They like his smarts. Fuller communicated well in various coverages, working in sync with his help.
Expected role: Backup corner. He could end up as a slot corner, but right now he's behind Dashaun Phillips.
Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis: He wasn't getting shoved around, but he also wasn't living in the backfield while working with the No. 2 defense. The coaches like his quickness, but he's still learning to play inside vs. NFL talent.
Expected role: Backup lineman. The Redskins say he could play nose if necessary, but it might take him a spell to crack the rotation.
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld: Walking off the field one day, Sudfeld told general manager Scot McCloughan that, in essence, one day he'd feel great and the next would be more difficult, providing a lot of lessons. That's life in the NFL as a rookie quarterback. Sudfeld has good size, but his accuracy was inconsistent. He's getting used to running the operation at an NFL pace.
Expected role: Third quarterback.
Linebacker Steven Daniels: He worked with the backups; I saw him with the second and third defenses at times. Daniels will have to get used to playing well in coverage, but for now his strength is playing the run. You could tell Daniels was still learning because there were times coaches would get on him for being a half-step late.
Expected role: Backup linebacker/practice squad. It will be tough for him to make the final 53-man roster depending on how many inside linebackers they keep. They already have Will Compton, Mason Foster, Perry Riley Jr., Terence Garvin, Martrell Spaight and even Cravens. There might not be a Pro Bowler here, but Daniels has work to do and must show he can be a special-teams stud.
Running back Keith Marshall: He missed the past two weeks because of a hamstring injury, but the coaches were pleased with his showing before that point. They liked his cuts and his burst and view him as a good complement to the top two backs, Matt Jones and Chris Thompson.
Expected role: Third running back.