Projecting The Final 53

OK so the preseason games that matter are over, and they have been a TON of fun to watch this year. Tim Hightower has cemented himself as the starting running back, and whoever wins the QB battle looks like a solid option.

Watching week four in the preseason is like watching, well week four of preseason football. Most of the roster is taking shape and save a spot or two it’s time to start projecting the final 53.

Now this is going to be a little odd due to the fact that Kareem Moore is going to be out on the PUP for most likely the first few weeks (he has to be activated by week six) and the four game suspension of Phillip Buchanon.

These two spots very well could open the door for Brandon Banks to make the roster for at least a few weeks… IF he stays healthy. I would not be super shocked if Shanahan hides Banks on IR like he did Malcolm Kelley last season, ensuring that no one else picks him up. The biggest question mark that I have comes after Moore and Buchanon are able to play.

Is there even a spot on this roster for Kareem more? That is going to depends on how Chris Horton does in the first few weeks.

I am honestly still not convinced that Brandon Banks makes this team flat out. More than likely it doesn’t even depend on things he can control. It is going to depend on how Donte Stallworth plays for the first few weeks, Banks’ knee, and how Niles Paul looks. If Stallworth is productive and Banks is still struggling with injury, it will be hard for Banks to stick.

Thought Banks has game changer ability on returns, guys like Niles Paul and Terrance Austin have also shown flashes of return ability themselves. Even though Paul and Austin are not as explosive as Banks on returning, the fact that they are both head and shoulder abov Banks as a WR cannot be overlooked.

So all that said here is the first annual Son of Washington Final 53.


1. John Beck

2. Rex Grossman

3. Kellen Clemens


4. Tim Hightower

5. Ryan Torain

6. Roy Helu


7. Darrel Young

8. Keiland Williams


9. Chris Cooley

10. Fred Davis



12. Santana Moss,

13. Jabar Gaffney

14. Anthony Armstrong

15. Leonard Hankerson

16. Donte Stallworth

17. Terrence Austin



19. Trent Williams

20. Kory Lichtensteiger

21. Will Montgomery

22. Chris Chester

23. Jammal Brown

24. Sean Locklear

25. Artis Hicks

26. Clint Oldenburg



28. Stephen Bowen

29. Adam Carriker

30. Anthony Bryant

31. Kedric Golston

32. Darrion Scott


33. Brian Orakpo

34. Ryan Kerrigan


36. Rocky McIntosh

37. Rob Jackson

38. Perry Riley,

39. Keyaron Fox,

40. Lorenzo Alexander


41. DeAngelo Hall

42. Josh Wilson

43. Kevin Barnes

44. Phillip Buchanon

45. Byron Westbrook


46. LaRon Landry

47. Oshiomogho Atogwe

48. Reed Doughty

49. Chris Horton


50. Graham Gano


51. Sav Rocca


52. Nick Sundberg


53. Brandon Banks

So what do you think chime in below in the comments section.


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Ray Smith is the Head Writer and Senior Editor of as well as the Host of the SonOfWashington Podcast. Follow Ray on Twitter @SonOfWashington

Posted on August 28, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think Dejon Gomes gets on over Horton. I also only see Shanahan carrying two QB’s. That leaves a spot for Mike Sellers to make the active roster which I believe he will due to his versatility and special teams leadership.

  2. I agree with ^ .

    2 QBs, Dejon Gomes makes the roster, but no Mike Sellers.

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