Vinny Cerrato Helps 53-Man Roster Guessers
If you haven't entered a Redskins 53-man roster pool, do so now. And if you have, read on for some hints from Vinny Cerrato.
This will, without question, be like those final week 65-team NCAA field projections, where everybody gets stumped by one out-of-the-Big-10 result. For help, you can look at Jason Reid's projection or Ryan O'Halloran's projection, which differ by one name. (Darrel Young for Reid, Anthony Alridge for ROH.)
Now onto Vinny's clues, delivered to Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980 Wednesday afternoon.
* He said "there's a good chance" of the team keeping a fifth running back. His radio voice made it seem like a very good chance.
"I would say that's probably, there's a good chance of that," he said. "Because what you want to do Kevin, it'll probably be 25 on offense, 25 on defense and three specialists. So it's just how you want to divide your numbers. If you want to go less at one position then you make it up on the practice squad by adding more at that position and less at the position you keep more at. So it's probably the same number of bodies, but some may be on the practice squad and not on the regular squad."
That's Lincoln-quality rhetoric right there. But you know what he's saying.
* He seemed highly skeptical of the prospect of keeping six wideouts.
"I wouldn't think that," he said. "Right now I would say I don't think we would end up with six, just because we have a lot of other things. What you want to do is keep your 25 best players that give you a chance to win on Sundays. And the thing with the guys that are gonna be say the 23rd, 24th, 25th guys on offense or defense, they've got to be outstanding on special teams. And that's gonna be the thing. Those guys that are the 5th receiver, the 4th, 5th running back, they all have to be able to help on special teams."
* He was fairly definitive when asked if he thought the team would add an offensive lineman after other teams make cuts.
"No, no," was his exact response. "And I think this, I think with the Montgomerys and Rineharts and Mike Williams and Bridges and stuff, I think you've got experienced guys there that'll, I think, be productive."
Congratulations, Mike Williams. Welcome back to the NFL.
* In an effort to keep everyone from submitting the same ballot, Cerrato said there would probably be a surprise.
"I think there's a chance that you guys may be surprised about something," he said. "You'll just kind of wonder about it, but then you may say, 'Hmm, you know what, when you think about it, it's probably right.' "
* And Jim Zorn, Tuesday on the same radio program, said there were 10 to 12 spots in play.
"I think there are at least 10," he said. "I want to say a dozen. But it's not as specific in some areas, and that's a good thing. We have some really competitive situations, and we just have to see who rises up."
* The best quote, incidentally, came from Zorn, on Albert Haynesworth's illness: "It was either the stomach flu, or it was just some bad something, whatever it was," he said. "It's very innocent, yet you don't' want me to go into detail."
Actually, I think I do.
* Wait, check that, actually this was the best quote, from Cerrato, when asked what Denver is asking for Brandon Marshall.
"I don't have the faintest idea," Cerrato said. "We like our locker room."
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