The Washington Redskins released their preseason depth chart yesterday and I am shocked, SHOCKED, at the placement of Albert Haynesworth and Justin Tryon.
Haynesworth just joined the team in actual practice and is already shown on the second team defense. No surprise there, but he is only listed at nose tackle, backing up Ma'ake Kemoeatu.
I'm not buying it. Look for Haynesworth to line up at defensive end for at least half the plays in the regular season. Kedric Golston is listed as the starter in that spot today.
Is Shanahan still making a point with Big Al? Or just keeping NFL opponents in the dark?
Tryon is listed with the fourth team at cornerback. Fourth team?
Tryon's had a lot of good press lately. So I looked for him to challenge for second on the depth chart behind DeAngelo Hall. I don't know how the coaches are grading his practices, but last on the depth chart is no place to be on a team under new management.
This only shows there are only two types of people in football. Coaches and everybody else. Like the rich, coaches are different than you and me. It's pretty clear they do not consult Football Outsiders or blogs like, you know, this one.
It's preseason and nothing's locked except maybe 16 of the 22 starting positions. The depth chart will change between now and September. We hope that Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen are making better decisions about the roster. This is part of it. It won't be the last surprise in Shanahan's line-up. Predicting now how the Redskins will end the year is a fool's errand.
Watch how, or whether, Haynesworth and Tryon move up.
Point After: T Jammal Brown and WR Malcolm Kelly will miss Friday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, according to Cindy Boren at The Post. If the starters play more than two series in that game, it will be a surprise. As for Kelly, well we've come to expect that from a guy giving a mighty good imitation of Taylor Jacobs.