Redskins Roundup: The Axe Begins to Fall
The Redskins have to reduce their roster from 90 players to 75 by 4 PM on Tuesday and they got an early start on the cuts by releasing WR Dante’ Stallworth and FB Eric Kettani, Go to our Redskins Roster Cutdown article for an up-to-date list of the cuts and analysis of each decision.
Greg Rosenthal of the NFL writes about the Stallworth cut:
The early release is a good sign that the Redskins have enjoyed a healthy camp at the position. Santana Moss is locked into the team’s slot receiver role. Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan are both healthy at the same time for once. Throw in Leonard Hankerson, and this could be an underrated group.
Rosenthal and the rest of the NFL should not sleep on Aldrick Robinson, who played very well against Buffalo, leading the team with 4 catches for 61 yards. Robinson has always struggled with consistency, but I think he can make some noise this year.
Here is my completely over-the-top thorough review of the Washington Redskins win over the Buffalo Bills in the third preseason game.
CB/PR Richard Crawford is out for the season due to a knee injury suffered early in the Bills game.
Good news: QB Robert Griffin III will continue to practice with the first team offense against the first team defense.
“He’s had a good week of preparation this week,” Shanahan said following the Redskins’ 30-7 preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. “He was in a lot of team situations, offense versus defense, some… work [against the scout-team defense] as well. He got a lot of reps this week, the majority of the reps, and there was no setback with his knee. That was a good sign. So hopefully next week he can get similar reps and be ready for the Monday night game.”
RB Keiland Williams, on his second stint with the Redskins, played well against the Bills, rushing for 50 yards on only 8 carries. Of course, most if it came against backups or less, but Williams has played himself into consideration for a roster spot.
Rookie RB Chris Thompson also played well against the Bills, for the most part, but he also had a crucial fumble — his second in two games.
Rex Grossman has got to be the most pumped-up veteran third string quarterback in the NFL. Here he is talking with Larry Michaels about the 2013 Redskins:
“A LOT of talent. I mean, there’s gonna be a lot of tough battles, but what really matters, the first team? A damn good football team. The offensive line all play together well, they know exactly what to do, they’re ahead of the calls. The communication all the way from Trent to Tyler, everybody communicates well. They’re just playing about as good as I’ve ever been around.”
Michael: “What makes you so excited about this team right now, because you are excited right now?”
“Well yeah, [bleep], it’s postgame, I just got done playing football, it’s fun. You start in OTAs and then culminating in the third preseason game and everybody’s playing well and being happy, it’s just fun. I enjoy myself.”
People around town love to take shots at Grossman and blame him for problems on the offense whether he is responsible or not, but I like the guy. He seems to genuinely love the game of football and love playing for the Washington Redskins.
Tyler Polumbus appears set to start at right tackle again. I’m not happy about that, but he does appear to be the best option the Skins have right now.