Redskins Final 53 Cutdown Post
The preseason has ended and final cut down day is here for the NFL and the Washington Redskins. Teams must reduce their rosters to the league mandated 53 by 6 PM today. For the Redskins, there are numerous though decision to be made. They may even get tougher as other teams reduce their rosters.
Initial indications, according to CB Chase Minnifield, is that he was told they would like him to be on the practice squad. This could be good news for CB Jerome Murphy. Additionally, could the Redskins take another look at veteran Antione Winfield? Word is, Winfield has been released. TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi has been released and told they want him on practice squad as well. If true, their a two spots filled on the PS, should, neither player be picked up by another team.
Despite a strong preseason, veteran RB Keiland Williams has been told he will be released. That is good news for Evan Royster, who had a solid fourth preseason game and likely made the team with that performance. Williams ran for 52 yards on 8 carries with a TD against Tampa. Whoever, he was also scheduled to undergo an MRI so there is an injury concern here.
Another somewhat shocker, Safety DeJon Gomes has tweeted he has been released. It was only a matter of time. Bad cuts and bad penalties caught up to Gomes. The Redskins like S Jose Gumbs. This may have been his opening to the 53 man roster. In fact, Zach Boyer has tweeted that Gumbs told him he had in fact made the 53 man roster.
DE Dominque Hamilton has been released and told they would like him on the practice squad. With that news, the Redskins have indicated so far that they would like Minnifield, Hamilton, and Ogbeuhi on the PS. No word on Xavier Nixon other than he was let go.
Despite getting some decent reviews, WR Skye Dawson has been released. According to sources, the Redskins have no plans to put Dawson on the PS. WR Lance Lewis has also been released. Redskins fans should look at these two cuts positively. Both had pretty good camps and preseason. That just speaks to the depth at wide receiver.
If in fact the Redskins reserve a spot for Tanard Jackson, who is currently suspended, along with a four game suspension of Rob Jackson, and OL Maurice Hurt on the PUP, that makes 11 players released so far, the Redskins are down to 8 more cuts. OL Tevita Stevens has been released and told they would like him on the practice squad.
Veteran NT Ron Brace has been released. According to CB Jerome Murphy, he has made the team. The first 2013 draft pick has been released. RB Juwan Jamison was told he would be let go.
Players that have been told about practice squad are: Minnifield, Jamison, Nixon, Ogbuehi, and Stevens. There are 8 slots. 3 to go for a full PS as well. That is if they all clear. After the Jamison release, the Redskins should be down to five more cuts before the 53 man roster is set.
For you Nick Williams fans out there, he has been released. That would make four more cuts to go. Williams was told they want him on the PS. If true, with those listed above, that would leave two PS spots left.
Veteran C Kevin Matthews has been released. That should put the Redskins at just 3 more roster reductions. It appears with that cut, the Redskins may keep 8 lineman, meaning Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, and Tom Compton may have all cracked the 53 man roster.
LB Will Compton has been released. May be another PS guy which could leave just one spot left for the PS, assuming all those players clear waivers.
According to ESPN 980, LB Bryan Kehl and RB Evan Royster are practicing.
At this point, we may be looking at the final spot between QB Pat White and WR Dezmon Briscoe. That decisions get more interesting because Briscoe has an injured shoulder, which some reports say, could sideline up to 4 to 6 weeks. No doubt the Redskins are trying to deal White, but if they fail to do so, would they really care four quarterbacks?
We will track here those that are released today.
CB Chase Minnifield
RB Keiland Williams
TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi
OT Tony Pashos
LB Chigno Anunoby
OT Xavier Nixon
LB Vic So’oto
S DeJon Gomes
DE Dominque Hamilton
WR Skye Dawson
WR Lance Lewis
OL Tevita Stevens
NT Ron Brace
RB Jawan Jamison
WR Nick Williams
C Kevin Matthews
LB Will Compton