ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Redskins trimmed their roster to 75 players on Tuesday morning a few hours before the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Wide receiver Rashad Ross and tight end Matt Veldman were waived and center/guard Mike McGlynn was granted his release. McGlynn becomes a free agent immediately. Other NFL teams can claim Ross and Veldman.
The final round of cuts must come by 4 p.m. on Saturday when the Redskins submit their 53-man roster and then attempt to fill a 10-man practice squad.
The writing was on the wall for McGlynn when right guard Chris Chester took snaps at center during Saturday’s preseason game in Baltimore. The coaching staff was testing whether Chester could handle that role if starter Kory Lichtensteiger is injured even though he hadn’t taken snaps at that spot in six years.
“Just put Chester at center to get him some work,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said after Saturday’s 23-17 loss. “He’ll be our backup center most likely.”
Ross was a bigger surprise given he’d had a productive camp. There was little chance of him making the final roster with six receivers ahead of him, including promising rookie Ryan Grant, a fifth-round pick in May’s draft. Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson also remains in the mix as he recovers from knee surgery last November, though he is unlikely to start the season with the team.
But Ross fared well against his competition for practice squad spots. Wide receiver Nick Williams does have two touchdown receptions this preseason and has made a strong case for himself, too.
But Ross had a 35-yard catch against New England and a 43-yard reception against Cleveland. He repeatedly used his speed to make plays behind the defense during training camp practices and had kick returns of 37 yards (New England), 27 yards (Baltimore) and two for a total of 64 yards in the Cleveland game. Ross, 24, was an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State.
“[Ross is] a flashy player and he’s one of those guys that’s taking advantage of his reps and when the ball is in the air, he’s gone and got two long ones,” Gruden said last week. “That’s good to see and then the kickoff returns he’s had, he’s broke a couple. So he’s another guy that’s in the mix at wide receiver that we have to really take a look at. We’ve got a number of them that have played pretty well and that’s going to be a position that’s going to be very difficult on us to get to 75 or the final cut at 53. But he’s done nothing wrong. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s got some explosiveness and, obviously, the big play ability. We’ll have to wait and see on that.”
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