Three Redskins Players to Keep an Eye On....
As the Washington Redskins' training camp approaches, there are a few returning players to keep an eye on that could possibly be cut by camp's end. With the Redskins new coaching staff and crowded position groups, some familiar names could be on their way out when Ron Rivera has to dwindle the roster number to 53. Here are some names that may be familiar to you that may not be around much longer:
Shaun Dion-Hamilton (Linebacker)
Shaun Dion Hamilton has totaled 70 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles in his two seasons as a Redskin. Hamilton has shown promise, and made a play here and there early in his career, but has struggled with staying on the field and establishing consistency. Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio could be the difference maker Hamilton needs to motivate him to get to that next level. The problem is, the Redskins currently have a loaded linebacker group, and something is going to have to give. Hamilton right now is a fringe player and could be on the outside looking in when the Redskins finalize their roster. He still has youth on his side as he continues to develop, but with the Redskins switching to a 4'3 base defense, the resigning of Jon Bostic, and the free agency pick up of veteran Thomas Davis, there may not be enough room for SDH.
Josh Harvey-Clemons (Linebacker)
The former 2017 7th round pick out of Louisville has struggled to get on the field and has never started a game in the NFL. Harvey-Clemons is most used on special teams and on passing downs when he is healthy and able to play. The problem is, he can't get on the field. Last season, he saw limited action, and was not a factor totaling just 2 tackles on the entire season. At 6'4, Harvey-Clemons has great coverage ability as a linebacker and has proven he can be effective when he is healthy. JHC is still young but needs to have a beyond standout camp to prove he should be a part of the Redskins roster going forward. The Redskins just drafted linebacker Khaleke Hudson and they believe he is a swiss army knife that can do all the things Harvey-Clemons can, and more. JHC is in a similar situation as Shaun Dion Hamilton in that the linebacker core is so deep, so it will be an uphill battle for him to have a chance to make the team. The numbers game on defense in general will be interesting as the Redskins will have to decide how many linebackers they are going to keep.
Trey Quinn (Wide Receiver)
It has been a tale of two seasons for the 2018 "Mr. Irrelevant". After being the final player drafted in his draft class, Trey Quinn not only earned his place on the team, but became an instant fan favorite after showing toughness, an ability to catch the football, and do some things in the open field. However, after just 3 games played, Quinn suffered a season-ending injury, and has not been the same since. Quinn started 6 of the 12 games he played in 2019, and only totaled 26 receptions for 198 yards and 1 touchdown that he caught in week one. He struggled all season to get separation from defenders and had minimal impact in games as the season went on. The emergence of Steven Sims Jr. also seemed to somewhat stunt Quinn’s growth. It appeared the more Sims Jr. became involved with the offense, the less action Quinn saw, and his production continued to plummet as the season went on. The Redskins have wide receivers Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, Steven Sims Jr., Cam Sims, and Darvin Kidsy all returning from last season, and rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden. They also added Cody Latimer into the fold via free agency. The wide receiver battles during camp should be fun to watch with players like Quinn knowing he has no room for error if he wants to return to the roster this season. He will have to make an impression on offensive coordinator Scott Turner and head coach Ron Rivera if he is going to give himself a legitimate chance at making the team.
One or all of these players could possibly find their way onto the roster, but they are worth keeping an eye on. Some of the off season moves point to them not being in the team's plans going forward. There are always some intriguing position battles in camp, and wide receiver and linebacker will be at the top of the list with cornerback not far behind. The Redskins have a lot of depth, and now a blend of youth and experience at the linebacker position. To the contrary with the wide receiver core. The wide receivers are young, and unproven, with maybe the exception of Terry McLaurin who proved to be a pleasant surprise as a rookie last season. I'm pretty sure that there will be a number of surprises when the final roster comes out at the end of preseason,especially considering there is a new coaching regime. What will be interesting to see is if any of these three players from last year's team make a considerable jump production wise and find themselves in Ron Rivera's good graces instead of becoming a cut casualty.
As you were...
Redskins.com: Shaun Dion Hamilton
Redskins.com: Josh Harvey Clemons
NBC Sports Washington: Trey Quinn