The Washington Redskins have reached league-mandated 53-man roster limit following a round of cuts today.
If you’ve been following along at home or on your phone all day, you already have seen these names. If you’re just catching up, the cuts are as follows:
Quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Matt Gutierrez
Running backs Keiland Williams, Evan Royster and Shaun Draughn
Receivers Aldrick Robinson, Isaac Anderson
Tight ends Tony Curtis and Derek Schouman
Offensive linemen Selvish Scapers, Clint Oldenburg, Artis Hicks, Maurice Hurt and Donovan Raiola
Defensive linemen Anthony Bryant, Doug Worthington
Linebackers Horatio Blades, Edgar Jones and Thaddeus Gibson
Cornerback Reggie Jones
Safeties Anderson Russell, Chris Horton and Davonte Shannon
The Redskins had tried to trade Hicks, and one of the teams they were talking to was the Cleveland Browns, according to the backup guard/tackle. But the two sides weren’t able to agree to terms, so Hicks will be released.
The biggest surprise of the day was rookie nose tackle Chris Neild beating out fifth-year veteran Anthony Bryant for the backup job to Barry Cofield.
The Redskins’ roster currently stands as follows, although you can bet that the team will scour the waiver wire and make some additional moves.
Quarterback (2): John Beck and Rex Grossman
Running back (3): Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, Ryan Torain
Fullback (2): Darrel Young, Mike Sellers
Wide receiver (8): Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Leonard Hankerson, Brandon Banks, Niles Paul, Donte Stallworth
Tight end (3): Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen
Offensive line (8): LT Trent Williams, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester and RT Jammal Brown,T Sean Locklear, C/G Erik Cook, T Willie Smith
Defensive line (6): NTs Barry Cofield, Chris Neild, DEs Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, Kedric Golston, Darrion Scott
Linebackers (9): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Lorenzo Alexander, Markus White, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Perry Riley, Keyaron Fox
Cornerbacks (5 available, 1 suspended): DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes, Byron Westbrook, Brandyn Thompson, Phillip Buchanon (suspended for four games)
Safeties (4 healthy, 1 injured): LaRon Landry, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes, Kareem Moore (pup list)
Special teams (3): K Graham Gano, LS Nick Sundburg, P Sav Rocca
The Redskins held onto eight of the 12 rookies they drafted With outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (first-round), Hankerson (third round), Helu (fourth), Gomes (fifth), Paul (fifth), Thompson (seventh), White (seventh) and Neild (seventh) all made the team. Second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins would have made the team, but is on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Not making the team were Royster (sixth-rounder), Robinson (sixth) and Hurt (seventh).
Those players are candidates for the practice squad, but first must clear waivers, meaning if another team doesn’t pick them up, then Washington could re-sign them to the eight-man practice squad. Practice squad players don’t dress for games, and don’t travel for road games.
Washington currently has only three definitely healthy safeties on the roster in Reed, Atogwe and Gomes. Landry has been slowed by a hamstring, but isn’t expected to open the season on the PUP list. Moore definitely will open the season on the PUP list, so he doesn’t count against the 53. And Buchanon is suspended for four games and doesn’t count against the 53, either.
The team currently has eight wide receivers, which is unusual. Normally teams carry five to six receivers.
The Redskins also don’t have a backup guard with Hicks being released. Cook is listed as a guard/center, but in practice only plays center. Washington also is a little thin when it comes to defensive ends. Carriker and Bowen will start, but as far as their backups go, Golston started 13 games last season, but Scott appeared in only two games.