When a team goes 3-13 one year, there should be lots of roster turnover before the next season begins.
But when that team also hires a new head coach and then adds 10-plus guys through free agency and trades, it’s easy to imagine more churn than normal. That, of course, means that some notable players from the season before will be let go.
On Monday, the Redskins released one such player in Montae Nicholson. He likely won’t be the last familiar face to be shown the door.
With that in mind, here are more notable members of the Burgundy and Gold whose roster spots now feel shakier thanks to Ron Rivera’s arrival and his ensuing, busy free agency period.
The in-house linebackers
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Come training camp, whenever that may be, the battle at linebacker figures to be an intense one. By the end of it, at least one recognizable defender will be left out, if not more.
Christian is a 2018 third-round pick who’s taken longer to develop than the franchise would like to admit. That’s likely a big reason why the Redskins opted to sign Cornelius Lucas, a veteran who has experience at both tackle spots as a pro.
If Christian had shown more promise in his first two seasons, then Lucas may not be in town. In fact, if Christian had shown a lot more promise, then there wouldn’t be so much concern about replacing Trent Williams.
Regardless, Christian’s past can’t be changed. It’ll be on him to improve now, or else his disappointing career could soon hit its lowest point.
Much like the current linebackers and Christian, Sprinkle’s no doubt feeling the heat after what Washington’s done in free agency. So far, the organization has brought in both Logan Thomas and Richard Rodgers, and they still have the draft to address tight end further.
Sprinkle is fine as long as he’s depth at the position, but his shaky hands and lack of speed limit his role beyond that. Plus, his cap hit is about to triple because he’s entering the last year of his rookie deal.
Ultimately, it’s unclear if he’ll even reach that point with the Redskins.
A promising young running back?
The players mentioned above are on obviously unsteady ground, while the ones who are about to be mentioned don’t appear to be in nearly as much danger. For now, at least.
When healthy, Derrius Guice and Bryce Love could really make a difference in the Redskins’ offense. Guice has already displayed that on the NFL level, while Love’s skill set and college production are indicators he could, too. Yet durability is still a question for both.
Some have wondered why Rivera and Co. have inked both JD McKissic and Peyton Barber to contracts, but in doing so, he’s given himself and his team additional bodies in the backfield should Guice or Love run into trouble.
Those two should be roster locks if they’re healthy when football picks up again, but they now have to look over their shoulders a bit because of McKissic and Barber’s presence.