Washington Football Team Roster Breakdown in 2020
Daniel Snyder strikes again. The Washington NFL franchise will enter 2020 known as Washington Football Team, with no concrete name or logo in sight.
In a weird way, it does make sense. Washington retired their old name and logo, and it’s likely they’ll be having some difficulty trademarking a new brand. Until they can, we can refer to them as the Washington Football Team and move along.
The good news is bettors probably weren’t planning on investing a ton of cash in the DC squad anyway. However, when looking at the Washington Football Team depth charts for 2020, there could be a little incentive to do just that.
Join me as I break down Washington’s 2020 roster and build a case for betting on this “football team” a bit this season.
Note: Starters are bolded
Washington Quarterback Depth Chart
- Dwayne Haskins
- Kyle Allen
- Steven Montez
- Alex Smith
It looks like this is Dwayne Haskins’ offense to run into the ground. The jury is very much still out on the Ohio State product, but there’s no denying his arm strength.
Haskins could still be the real deal, but he has yet to prove it. Kyle Allen is a reasonable backup, while Alex Smith could provide a feel-good NFL Comeback Player of the Year story if Haskins falters.
Regardless, this isn’t a great quarterback depth chart, and it’s a huge reason why betting on the Washington Football Team isn’t encouraged in 2020.
Washington Running Back Depth Chart
- Adrian Peterson
- Derrius Guice
- Antonio Gibson
- Bryce Love
- Peyton Barber
- Josh Ferguson
- JD McKissic
Washington has a decent running back depth chart. It’s led by the ageless Adrian Peterson and confides in at least two injury-marred options in Bryce Love and Derrius Guice, but whatever.
This backfield isn’t elite, but it’s fairly deep. Guice could still be a superstar, while Love has solid speed. Even Barber, Ferguson, and McKissic are all experienced, useful bench bodies.
Washington Wide Receiver Depth Chart
- Terry McLaurin
- Steven Sims Jr.
- Trey Quinn
- Cam Sims
- Cody Latimer
- Antonio Gandy-Golden
- Jester Weah
- Jordan Veasy
- Darvin Kidsy
- Jonathan Johnson
- Isaiah Wright
- Kelvin Harmon
Haskins does not have a lot to work with in DC. McLaurin is a potential beast on the rise, Sims is a good athlete, and Quinn is a moderate slot weapon.
Collectively, it’s intriguing, but not where it needs to be.
This group also lost Paul Richardson, and one of their rising receivers — Kelvin Harmon — is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden has the size and catch radius to be something, but this group as a whole leaves a lot to be desired.
Washington Tight End Depth Chart
- Jeremy Sprinkle
- Richard Rodgers
- Logan Thomas
- Hale Hentges
- Marcus Baugh
- Caleb Wilson
- Thaddeus Moss
Washington took quite a hit at tight end, too. Jordan Reed wasn’t brought back, while veteran Vernon Davis opted for retirement.
Jeremy Sprinkle enters 2020 as the top option, but he’s shown very little so far and averaged just 9.3 yards per catch last year.
Richard Rodgers and Logan Thomas are fairly reliable backups, but neither belongs starting in the NFL anymore. Thaddeus Moss is a low-risk undrafted free agent addition, but this unit isn’t very aesthetic to the naked eye.
Washington Offensive Line Depth Chart
|Position||Starter||Backup||Third String||Fourth String|
|Left Tackle||Cornelius Lucas||Geron Christian|
|Left Guard||Wes Schweitzer||Saahdiq Charles||Jeremy Vujnovich|
|Center||Chase Roullier||Ross Pierschbacher||Keith Ismael|
|Right Guard||Brandon Scherff||Wes Martin||Michael Liedtke|
|Right Tackle||Morgan Moses||Timon Parris||Paul Adams|
Trent Williams finally forced his way out of town and got traded to the 49ers. That sees Washington’s left side take a hit. Cornelius Lucas was brought in for now, but it’s unclear if he’s a true lock at left tackle.
Scherff and Moses are both fantastic and anchor a strong right side of the line, while center Chase Roullier is also an asset in the middle of the offensive line.
Washington could certainly be worse off up front, but they need to get better after giving up the fifth-most sacks in 2019.
Washington Defensive Line Depth Chart
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|Montez Sweat||Da’Ron Payne|
|Ryan Kerrigan||Jonathan Allen|
|Jordan Brailford||Tim Settle|
|Ryan Anderson||Matt Ioannidis|
|Cameron Malveaux||Caleb Brantley|
Washington could be trending in a positive direction on defense, as Ron Rivera is in town and the team should maximize what they have.
Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat should hold down the fort on the outside, while the interior is blessed by the presence of both Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
Despite struggling as a whole last year, the Washington Football Team certainly pressured the quarterback and generated 46 sacks. That’s a top-10 pass rush, and having guys like Ryan Anderson and Matt Ioannidis coming off the bench also makes them relatively deep.
Washington Linebacker Depth Chart
|Chase Young||Thomas Davis||Cole Holcomb|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||Jon Bostic||Khaleke Hudson|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||Reuben Foster||Kevin Pierre-Louis|
|Nate Orchard||Jared Norris|
Washington’s pass rush will only be aided by the presence of #2 overall pick Chase Young. The Buckeyes phenom is a force in every regard, and he projects as an immediate starter on the outside.
Thomas Davis is up there in age, but he’s a steady presence in the middle and knows how to run Rivera’s defenses. Cole Holcomb showed enough as a rookie last year to suggest he can stick as a starter, as well.
Jon Bostic is fantastic depth on the inside, while guys like Nate Orchard and Kevin Pierre-Louis are also serviceable bench bodies.
Washington Cornerback Depth Chart
- Kendall Fuller
- Fabian Moreau
- Ronald Darby
- Aaron Colvin
- Jimmy Moreland
- Danny Johnson
- Greg Stroman
- Kamren Curl
- Simeon Thomas
Washington said goodbye to a regressing Josh Norman, so they’ll understandably expect more from Kendall Fuller and Fabian Moreau. Fuller was rock solid in 2019, but Moreau will need to be better.
The rest of Washington’s secondary is far from elite, but Ronald Darby and Aaron Colvin provide helpful experience.
Washington Safety Depth Chart
- Landon Collins
- Sean Davis
- Jeremy Reaves
- Deshazor Everett
- Troy Apke
- Maurice Smith
Washington stole safety Landon Collins from the rival Giants before last season, and he instantly worked out in 2019. He should be a star for this defense going forward, while Sean Davis comes over from Pittsburgh.
This is an uneven pairing, but DC has two experienced safeties, as well as some nice depth. The athletic Apke stands out as a nice option to turn to off the bench.
Washington Special Teams Depth Chart
- Kicker: Dustin Hopkins
- Punter: Tress Way
- Long Snapper: Nick Sundberg
- Holder: Tress Way
- Punter Returner: Steven Sims Jr.
- Kick Returner: Steven Sims Jr.
Washington has a respectable special teams unit. Dustin Hopkins is one of the most talented kickers in the game and is a career 84.9% kicker. Health has been a problem in the past, but he’s played all 32 games over the last two years and is a reliable option.
At punter, Washington has Tress Way, who paced the NFL in punt average in 2019. Washington just locked him up through 2025, so they should have an edge in the battle of field position.
The return game looks pretty solid on paper, too. Sims is developing as an offensive weapon, but at the very least, he already makes an impact on return duty (819 kick return yards and 1 TD in 2019).
Washington could look to get someone else involved as Sims seeks more responsibility on offense, but he’s a fantastic option to use on special teams.
Washington Roster Analysis
- Grade: C-
Overall, Washington is a dysfunctional franchise that is dealing with changing their team name, as well as a front office scandal. Most people aren’t big fans of Daniel Snyder and how he’s run the franchise, and it’s had a trickle-down effect.
Despite his best efforts to destroy Washington, Ron Rivera was a solid hire, and this roster isn’t all bad. There is still potential with the Haskins/McLaurin/Guice trio on offense, and there is a surprisingly good amount to work with on defense.
If Washington weren’t sure to crumble in the face of so much negativity, I might give this roster a better grade.
Betting on the Washington Football Team in 2020
There’s just no way you can bet on the Washington Football Team and feel good about it in 2019. I’d probably say that even before the team retired the old name and a sexism scandal broke out.
Washington does still have some elements to pave the way for a competitive year, but they were the worst team in the NFC East last season, and I doubt that changes.
There will be moments this year when you can bet on Washington, but as a whole, they are best left avoided.