LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 26:  The Washington Redskins take the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills at FedExField on August 26, 2016 in Landover, Maryland.  The Redskins defeated the Bills 21-16. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Five Questions Facing the Redskins Before Final Preseason Game

​The Washington ​Redskins still face a bevy of questions before they kick the season off on MNF against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 12 days. Here are the five most important questions facing the team as they head into the fourth, and final, preseason game.

5. Will QB Nate Sudfeld Make the Final 53-Man Roster?

​It's already been stated that rookie QB Nate Sudfeld will start and play the entire game. Sudfeld's performance could make the difference on if the team keeps him on the 53-man roster, or cuts him and if he clears waivers then signs him to the practice squad. Roster spots are very valuable in the NFL and Sudfeld will likely not dress all year. That makes the decision to keep him or cut him difficult when you consider other teams can claim him if the team tried to place him on the practice squad.


Redskins head coach Jay Gruden likes what he sees so far and believes Sudfeld can continue to get better. “He’s progressed extremely well and it’s just a long way to go. These kids out of college, no matter which position you play, there’s always a lot of learning to do in the National Football League. Especially at the quarterback position, where you’re talking about formations, you’re talking about snap count, you’re talking about concepts, you’re talking about runs, your footwork, all that stuff that just takes a long time. He’s picked it up very well." 


"Matt Cavanaugh has done a great job with him, and he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s miles-and-miles away, but he’s making great strides and he’s great as far as wanting to learn and wanting to do the right thing. It’s just hard to get him the reps that he needs, but he’s taking advantage of the ones that he gets and he’ll get a great opportunity tomorrow.”

4. How Many Cornerbacks Will Make the Final Roster?

​At this point I would say six cornerbacks will make the Redskins final 53-man roster. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are the starters, with Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Dashaun Phillips and Greg Toler as the team's reserves. Fuller has had a brilliant camp/preseason.

3. Which Players Will Make the Roster Primarily for Special Teams?

​This is always a major question mark, and often times is the reason why some NFL teams make unexpected cuts to gain space for players who are very important on special teams. Gruden spoke about special teams battles at his presser on Wednesday. 


“It’s about special teams battles – who can show up on special teams. I think that’s one thing we’re really going to keep a close eye on – the special teams, the flyers, the guys who are blocking on punt return and kickoff cover, kickoff return, who’s being the most effective. So we’ll keep an eye on those battles as well. Maurice Harris has been very impressive all throughout training camp and he’s made some plays. He’s done good. Kendal [Thompson] obviously has done some good things at wide receiver and that doesn’t change. You look at the linebacker spot with [Carlos] Fields, he’s done some good things and obviously Terence Garvin. We have got a lot of issues, positive things to look at and tough decisions to make. Hopefully this game will clear it up for us.”

2. Who Will Win the Starting Job at Left Guard?

​This has been the biggest question mark all offseason and it looks like the Redskins coaching staff is going to take all the time they have in deciding the eventual starter. Spencer Long appeared in the driver's seat ahead of veteran Shaun Lauvao, before rolling his ankle in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Long has started all three preseason games.

1. Who Will Step up at RB Behind Matt Jones on the Depth Chart?

​This has been the main question ever since starting RB Matt Jones went down with an AC sprain in his shoulder. With rookie running back ​Keith Marshall being place on IR yesterday, the plot has now thickened...it would appear that rookie Robert Kelley has the inside edge based off of performance. Chris Thompson is viewed as a third-down pass-catching back, so he doesn't really play much into the starting role.


It's still highly possible that the team will sign a player who is currently on another roster/free agent to bring in more competition, so this question may have to wait even longer for an answer.

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