WASHINGTON — The Redskins made a wave of cuts on Saturday to get down to an initial 53-man roster that was due to the NFL at 4 p.m. Here’s a breakdown of the players cut and which ones have a shot at making the practice squad.
DL Matt Ioannidis
The Redskins might be confident that their rookie fifth-round pick will slide to the practice squad. He didn’t flash all that much during camp so he can use the development time. But I also know he fared well at the Senior Bowl in Mobile in January and other teams liked him during the draft process coming out of Temple. It’s a bit of a risk, but in the end he was outplayed by Alabama A&M rookie Anthony Lanier and Washington chose to stick with just six defensive linemen.
TE Logan Paulsen
Veteran had been a mainstay with the team since 2010. But he didn’t play last season after tearing ligaments in his right big toe and there was a numbers crunch after Vernon Davis signed in the offseason. Davis performed well and Paulsen wasn’t likely to beat out Niles Paul, who was coming off his own serious injury (dislocated/fractured left ankle). With Derek Carrier on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but expected back by October, there was even a backup plan in place behind Paulsen. In the end, it proved to be too much.
DE Cullen Jenkins
Signed this week and actually played in the Tampa Bay game on Wednesday. But he was never guaranteed a roster spot. Jenkins is 35 now and in his 13th NFL season. It took him until well into camp to even get a phone call. The Redskins kicked the tires on a player with a proven track record and decided to move on.
OG Josh LeRibeus
A third-round draft choice in 2012 who never matched those expectations here. LeRibeus started 11 games at center last year after Kory Lichtensteiger was injured. But he struggled to adjust to the position and the writing was on the wall when Washington used guard Spencer Long as it’s second-team center all offseason and training camp and kept second-year pro Austin Reiter around, too. With Long suffering an ankle injury in the third preseason game – he hasn’t returned to practice yet – and the Bryan Stork trade with New England getting rescinded for a failed physical, that meant Reiter was needed. LeRibeus lost out.
RB Mack Brown
This is why you don’t put too much stock in 60-yard touchdown runs. That was one play in one game for Brown against Tampa Bay. He had his moments during camp. But he was outplayed by undrafted rookie Robert Kelley overall during camp and OTAs. And with Matt Jones’ shoulder feeling better, the Redskins figured they could stick with three backs for now. Obviously, someone could come on the open market they like. Brown is likely ticketed for the practice squad again, where he spent most of last season.
OLB Lynden Trail
Lost out on the final outside linebacker spot to Houston Bates. A big body at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, Trail looks like an ideal practice squad candidate. The Redskins would rather not go with just four players in the organization there – even if Ryan Kerrigan’s groin injury isn’t considered serious. There might be options on the open market once cuts are finalized around the league. But you’d still like to have someone around who has been with you all summer.
CB Lloyd Carrington
Another possible practice squad signing. Carrington flashed his athleticism in OTAs and didn’t look out of place during training camp. But the Florida State product wasn’t going to crack the lineup at corner. Not with Quinton Dunbar’s experience last year and veteran Greg Toler playing great all camp.
OG Nila Kasitati
Don’t sleep on Kasitati, who played at Oklahoma and at least made an impression during the rookie skit by singing John Legend and sending his teammates into hysterics. Spent a lot of time playing second-team right guard during preseason games and in camp so you’d think he’d be a practice squad candidate, too.
OT Takoby Cofield
Spent all of last year on the practice squad, but just wasn’t going to beat out Ty Nsekhe to be Trent Williams’ backup. But Washington has nine linemen and only three true tackles (Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Nsekhe) – unless they decide to move Brandon Scherff outside in an emergency during a game. Cofield could be in line to stick on the practice squad again.
DE Corey Crawford
Another member of the practice squad all last season, but he had no chance when the team decided to go with just six defensive linemen instead of seven as they have in the past. Outplayed – as many were – by Anthony Lanier, who made the initial roster.
ILB Carlos Fields
Was mentioned by Jay Gruden specifically a few days ago as a player who has impressed. And he even played five games with the Redskins last season. In the end, lost out to Terence Garvin for that final inside linebacker spot.
WR Maurice Harris
Probably the best wide receiver in camp not to make the team. Others had their moments, but Harris was consistently solid. An undrafted college free agent from Cal. Maybe if Josh Doctson (left Achilles tendon) has a setback in practice this week then they revisit Harris.
WR/KR T.J. Thorpe
Just too much depth at wide receiver, but Thorpe (North Carolina/Virginia), an undrafted college free agent, might have a shot to stick on the practice squad. He got a lot of run as a return man this summer.
TE Marcel Jensen
No realistic shot at the roster. Played in one game with Washington last season, but had four players in front of him on the depth chart at a stacked position and Derek Carrier coming back from injury early in the season.
WR Kendal Thompson
Made a spectacular touchdown catch in the Jets preseason game, but didn’t even play the next week against the Bills. Good friend of Nats star Bryce Harper. The undrafted college free agent (Utah) has an outside shot to return on the practice squad.
S Geno Matias-Smith
Has the pedigree GM Scot McCloughan likes after playing college football at Alabama. But the Redskins had veterans in front of him (DeAngelo Hall, David Bruton, Duke Ihenacho, Will Blackmon) and Deshazor Everett just played too well down the stretch. Still – at a position where the Redskins could use a young prospect to develop it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Matias-Smith signed to the practice squad.
FB Joe Kerridge
Okay – not everyone can make the practice squad. There’s only 10 spots and some players will come in from other organizations. But Kerridge was kept all camp for a reason. He was the lone fullback. Never really flashed and they have steadily decreased his position in recent years. But as a young prospect there maybe he signs.
CB Mariel Cooper
Another undrafted college free agent (The Citadel) who had his moments in camp and during preseason games. But Cooper was too far down the depth chart at corner to merit much consideration. Unlikely practice squad signing.
OLB Mike Wakefield
Actually flashed late in the Jets preseason game with some nice plays. But the undrafted college free agent (Florida International) didn’t do enough to land the final outside linebacker spot.
OT Isaiah Williams
Signed early in camp, but never made a real dent in the depth chart at tackle. Yes, he also was an undrafted rookie free agent (Akron).
NT Jerrell Powe
A heart arrhythmia set him back early in training camp. Powe eventually returned to the field, but had too much lost time and made no impact in the Tampa Bay preseason game.
OL Vinston Painter
Just signed on Monday – probably as a body to get them through the Tampa Bay game on the offensive line. Lasted five days. Virginia Tech product played three games in 2014 with the Cleveland Browns and was with the Miami Dolphins in training camp until the first wave of cuts last week.
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