Oldskool Posted September 3, 2010 Share Posted September 3, 2010 By Rich Tandler Redskins Blogger CSNwashington.com Cutting an NFL roster down to the in-season limit is a zero sum game. For every player who is celebrating and accepting congratulatory phone calls and text messages after nailing down one of the highly-coveted 53 jobs there is another one, now an ex-player, making plans to go home and wondering if and when he will get another chance. From the team’s perspective, each player kept at one position means that there is one fewer that can be kept at another position. The Redskins’ coach staff has been grappling with the numbers game for several weeks now and the final decision is due on Saturday. Most NFL teams keep three specialists, a kicker, a punter, and a long snapper, and split the other 50 evenly between the offense and defense although as we will see that’s not necessarily a hard and fast rule. On their current 75-man roster, the Redskins have no competition at any of the three specialist positions with kicker Graham Gano, punter Josh Bidwell, and snapper Nick Sundberg being the only ones on the roster in their positions. Of the remaining 72 players, 38 are offensive players and 34 are on defense. That means that several more players on offense will be getting bad news in the next couple of days than will those who play defense. Here is a close up look at the numbers game on each side of the ball and a look at whose stock went up or down on Thursday in the preseason finale against the Cardinals: For the rest of the article, see: http://www.csnwashington.com/09/03/10/Shanahan-and-Company-Start-to-Crunch-Num/landing.html?blockID=303532&feedID=272 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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