The preseason is quickly coming to a close, and we are inching closer to regular season football. With that being said, the 4th and final week of the preseason could prove to be the most important for a lot of these players on the roster bubble.
For the Redskins, some players have already stepped up enough to where their spot on the roster is virtually a lock, whereas some players are in danger of being cut next week due to poor play. Take a look at the top 3 players who have helped/hurt their chances the most during the preseason.
Three Players Who Helped Their Chances This Preseason:
Fish Smithson with the interception and huge return! pic.twitter.com/6J96aiJ61P
— Jayhawks In The NFL (@NFL_Jayhawks) August 28, 2017
Fish Smithson: The UDFA out of Kansas has looked like a very good fit in the Redskins secondary this preseason. After looking very good in pursuit and tackling in the the first two preseason games, Fish made a big splash play (no pun intended) against the Bengals, picking off quarterback A.J McCarron in the redzone on Sunday. Smithson likely won’t make the roster, but has made himself a very good candidate for the practice squad with his play.
Joey Mbu: Mbu was one of the Redskins’ initial signings in the offseason when the team made defensive line a priority. Mbu’s chances of making the roster looked slim with the emergence of Phil Taylor, despite his strong play through the first two preseason games. Now with Taylor out for the season, expect Mbu to not only make the roster but also expect him to get some quality playing time along the defensive front.
Nice block by rookie C Chase Roullier (#73) here. Drives back the defender, opens up lane for Perine. pic.twitter.com/Tv0jGEZh0N
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 20, 2017
Chase Roullier: A 6th round pick out of Wymoing, Roullier has played well filling in as a starter for Spencer Long. He is a very solid run blocker and once he gets used to the NFL size and speed, he could be a very valuable spot starter for the Redskins this year. If Long’s injury continues to hamper him, Roullier has proved that he is a more than viable backup option who could step in and immediately contribute.
Three Players Who Hurt Their Chances This Preseason:
Btw our guys Grant & Danny are 100% correct that Nate Sudfeld should be on practice squad. No one will claim him & if they do who cares.
— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) August 30, 2017
Nate Sudfeld: Sudfeld came into this preseason essentially as a roster lock. The second year quarterback has looked very poor at times, often missing open receivers and struggling to make NFL level throws. If Sudfeld does not show good signs in the fourth and final preseason game, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make the opening day roster and is snuck onto the practice squad.
Arie Kouandijo: Kouandijo came into last season with a big opportunity to overtake Shawn Lauvao as the starting left guard. Ever since then, he has completely underperformed. This offseason he has seen himself move down the depth chart behind undrafted rookies Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. It seems very likely that Kouandijo has played himself off the roster and will likely be one of the first few cuts next week.
Kinda wonder why Will Blackmon is out there playing with Nico Marley and Fish Smithson? Would think Nicholson needs the reps more.
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 27, 2017
Will Blackmon: Blackmon had the inside track to win the backup free safety spot coming into the preseason. After some very underwhelming games and some very talented rookies behind him (Nicholson and Smithson) it appears as though Blackmon could be cut this year. If he has another weak showing in the forth preseason game and Smithson and Nicholson continue to play well, I’d fully expect them to make the roster over him.