WASHINGTON — The Redskins signed nine players to their practice squad on Sunday afternoon with one spot left open.
None of the 18 players Washington waived on Saturday before the NFL’s 4 p.m deadline were claimed. Four others were released and became immediate free agents. That allowed the Redskins to pick and choose which of those 18 cuts they wanted to bring back. Here are the nine players signed so far with No. 10 still to come:
DL Matt Ioannidis
This was the big one. It’d be a terrible look to draft a player in the fifth round and then not even sign him to your practice squad. Ioannidis showed well at the Senior Bowl in Mobile in January and was in the mix to be a fourth, fifth, sixth-round pick during the draft process. The Temple product went No. 152 to Washington, but struggled to adjust to a 3-4 defense in the middle of the line. Doesn’t mean he can’t pick it up. Just means he’s not ready. Plus, Anthony Lanier played too well throughout camp and in games. It didn’t help the Redskins only kept six defensive linemen. Ioannidis is a good player to keep around as a developmental prospect. He could contribute later in the year. Thought it was a risk to expose him to waivers, but the Redskins knew what they were doing. Or got lucky. Same result either way.
RB Mack Brown
Had a nice camp, but was outplayed by undrafted rookie free agent Robert Kelley. Brown lands on the practice squad, where he spent most of last season with Washington. His 60-yard touchdown run last week in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay was impressive. There’s always a chance the Redskins add a veteran running back to the mix — especially if injuries come into play again for Matt Jones, who is already dealing with a separated left shoulder, or Chris Thompson, who had shoulder surgery in January. But Brown remains with the organization, if needed.
OLB Lynden Trail
Made a strong push for a roster spot and the Redskins certainly could turn to Trail if they feel their pass rush isn’t up to par early in the season. He’s a big man at 6-foot-7, 270 pounds. It’s also a spot where Washington GM Scot McCloughan could kick the tires on veteran players cut loose elsewhere. Trail had other practice squad offers, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, but felt comfortable with the Redskins.
OG Nila Kasitati
It was clear the Redskins coaching staff liked Kasitati. He fits GM Scot McCloughan’s philosophy — a big guard at 6-4, 315 who played on a big stage at Oklahoma. Wasn’t drafted at all so this qualifies as a good find by the amateur scouts. Kasitati spent much of the preseason working with the second team at right guard. At age 23, add him to the list of young guards the organization is stockpiling (Brandon Scherff, 24; Spencer Long, 25; Arie Kouandjio, 24).
WR Maurice Harris
Had a strong, consistent training camp. But for an undrafted rookie free agent, that wasn’t going to be enough at a position of strength. Played at California in college and has good size at 6-3, 200 pounds. Made a 19-yard reception in the Jets preseason game. Keep an eye on Josh Doctson’s health, though. The first-round pick returned to the practice field on Sunday for the first time since May 25. But if his sore left Achilles flares up this week maybe there’s an opportunity for Harris.
WR Kendal Thompson
Far less consistent than Harris in camp, but Thompson did make a spectacular catch against the Jets that landed him on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list that night. Also an undrafted college free agent (Utah). Again — good size at 6-2, 192. There is a theme here. Washington doesn’t have much size at wide receiver. It’s part of what made Doctson so attractive in the first place.
FB Joe Kerridge
Always considered a good practice squad candidate. Kerridge played college football at Michigan and was the lone fullback in camp. For now, tight end Niles Paul handles those duties and the team didn’t see a need for a true fullback on the 53-man roster. Maybe Kerridge can develop into someone they’d want to use there in the future.
OL Vinston Painter
Just signed last Monday – and apparently it wasn’t just as a body to get them through the Tampa Bay preseason game. Painter, a Virginia Tech product, has experience. He played three games in 2014 with Cleveland and was in camp with Miami this summer until the first round of cuts to 75 players last week. He can play tackle or guard at 6-4, 322 pounds.
OT Isaiah Williams
Signed early in camp, but never made a real dent in the depth chart at tackle. Another undrafted rookie free agent (Akron). With just three tackles on the active roster (Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe), the Redskins need options there and Williams is another one. Brandon Scherff could always bump out from guard in case of injury. It’s what he played in college at Iowa. But Painter and Williams give them options in case of injury.
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