Redskins’ first depth chart lists Derrius Guice on fourth string
RICHMOND The Washington Redskins released their first depth chart of the 2018 season Monday afternoon. Second-round draft pick and fan favorite Derrius Guice was slotted surprisingly low.
The running back is on the fourth string along with Martez Carter, behind five other backs on the first, second and third teams. But the team’s website stressed that it is an “unofficial” depth chart.
For now, Rob Kelley is the first-string running back, with Chris Thompson and Kapri Bibbs on the second team. Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall are both listed as third-stringers.
Though it might be interpreted as a choice to list a rookie lower than players who have NFL experience, first-round pick Daron Payne is listed as the Redskins’ starting nose tackle.
Fans should not assume Guice’s spot on the team is in danger. The chances of a team cutting its second-round pick during training camp are extremely low, and Guice has taken some first-team reps during training camp.
With some players like Marshall also making a case for themselves as kick returners, the possibility of Washington rostering five running backs in the final 53 rather than their usual four has arisen.
“Five running backs (is) probably a stretch, but a possibility,” coach Jay Gruden said Sunday.
Marshall is not listed on the special teams depth chart, though. Rookie cornerback Greg Stroman is listed as the first-team kick returner, backed up by wide receiver Maurice Harris. Jamison Crowder is still the first-string punt returner, with rookie Trey Quinn behind him.
The depth chart notably does not include a “nickel cornerback” line. Quinton Dunbar is listed as the Redskins’ starter opposite Josh Norman, and Orlando Scandrick is Norman’s backup. He likely will be the go-to nickel corner for the Redskins in 2018.
Scandrick has “a great head for the game, seeing every situation, every route concept known to man, so he’s a great nickel without a doubt,” Gruden said Monday. “When we lost Kendal Fuller, we needed to get another nickel, a proven nickel. He’s that, but he can also play outside as Dunbar and Moreau improve and earn a starting spot.”