Any Scraps For The Redskins?
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… or so they saying goes (something like that).
While the real garage sale comes on Saturday when NFL teams must cut down to the 53-man regular season limit, did today’s cuts leave anything that the ‘Skins might find interesting?
FB Owen Marecic Cleveland-The Skins are very content with Darrel Young and have absolutely no room for two fullback’s, but I have a particular liking of Marecic. A fourth round draft selection out of Stanford in 2011, Marecic never could adapt to catching the ball out off the backfield, but is a real bruiser.
RB Joe McKnight NY Jets- Washington has six players fighting for three spots and two are already decided. A fourth round pick out of Southern Cal in 2010, McKnight was primarily a kick returner and backup running back for the Jets the past couple of seasons. Off the field problems didn’t help his situation.
WR Da’Rick Rogers Buffalo- Speaking of off the field problems, Rogers has had plenty. Rogers was dismissed at the University of Tennessee last summer following multiple failed drug tests. The Bills are desperate for a second receiver alongside Steve Johnson, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. Rogers was lights out at the NFL combine, running a 4.5 at 6’2″ 220. With a vertical jump of 40 inches, someone is bound to give him another look.
WR Josh Cribbs Oakland- In my opinion, there is no more unsettled position on the Redskins than kick returner. The DC native holds the NFL career record with eight kickoff returns for touchdowns. The three time Pro Bowl selection is listed as a wide receiver, but can also serve as a wildcat/read option quarterback.
TE Mike Shanahan Tampa Bay- Just kidding on this one, but imagine the confusion if he were added to the roster. Shanahan (pictured) was a receiver at the University of Pittsburgh, but Tampa gave him a look at tight end.
OL Bruce Campbell Carolina- Best known for his freakish performance at the 2010 NFL combine, the University of Maryland product was chosen in the fourth round by Oakland. Campbell spent last season with the Panthers, coming over in a trade from the Raiders. At 6’7″ 320, Campbell plays both guard and tackle and is only 25 years old.
DE Lawrence Jackson Minnesota- Could the Redskins be looking for an end until Jarvis Jenkins and Adam Carriker return? After starting four seasons at USC, Jackson was selected by Seattle in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. Jackson was traded to Detroit where he spent three seasons with the Lions, before his brief period with the Vikings this Spring and Summer.
LB Aaron Curry NY Giants- Is a 27 year old linebacker selected fourth overall in the 2009 draft worth another look? A Butkus Award winner at UNC, Curry spent nearly three seasons with Seattle before getting dealt to Oakland. Curry was injured much of the 2012 season and was cut after trying out with the New York Giants.
S Kenny Phillips Philadelphia- Could Phillips have been a target of Washington’s in the off season? Cut five months after signing with the Eagles, Phillips was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2008 draft. After back to back All-American seasons at Miami (Fla.), Phillips turned pro after his junior season. Phillips spent five seasons in New York, his best season coming in 2011.
SS Tom Zbikowski Chicago- Never hurts to have a fighter on the team, right? A Gold Gloves champion as an amateur at Notre Dame, Zbikowski is 4-0 as a professional boxer. The Ravens selected Zbikowski in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft after a stellar career with the Fighting Irish. After four seasons in Baltimore, Zbikowski signed as a free agent with Indianapolis. Zbikowski signed with the Bears in the Spring, but wasn’t what Chicago was looking for.
P Brad Wing Philadelphia- I was very clear in the off-season of my hopes the Redskins would move on from punter Sav Rocca. Nearing 40, coming off an injury with declining skills, I felt at a minimum, the ‘Skins could save some money in the process. My top target was former LSU punter Brad Wing. In two seasons at LSU, the former Australian Rules Football star averaged nearly 45 yards per punt, tops in LSU history. An undrafted free agent in camp with Philadelphia, Wing lost out to former Texan Donnie Jones, also from LSU.
IF the Redskins were interested in one of these players (or any other player cut today), they would have to cut a player currently on the 75 man roster. Today’s cuts were relatively easy for teams, Saturday’s cuts are between 25-30% of the current roster and will be much harder. 736 players will be cut this weekend, although many will be added to practice squads across the league. DC PRO SPORTS REPORT will revisit this exercise following the 53 man roster cuts.
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