he Washington Federals released former Redskin tight end Reggie Haynes and 12 other players today. Haynes was one of 11 former Redskins invited to the Federals' training camp.
"He was heavy and out of shape. He looked totally disinterested," said Dick Bielski, the team's offensive coordinator. "We were very disappointed with him. We were hoping that he might start at tight end, but his times were terrible and he refused to do the weight work we required of him."
A seventh-round draft choice of the Redskins in 1977, Haynes missed his rookie season with a back injury. The following year, he played in 14 games and started four.
After the Redskins waived Haynes in 1979, the San Diego Chargers signed him as a free agent. The Chargers released Haynes in their 1980 training camp. His brother, Mike, is an all-pro defensive back with the New England Patriots.
In addition to Haynes, Coach Ray Jauch let go wide receivers Greg Robertson of Maryland, Jerry Gaillard of Clemson and Marty Hensley of William Jewell, and Clemson tight ends Michael Wade and Fred Worthy.
The Federals also released defensive backs Anthony Rose of Clemson and Ken Still of Richmond; defensive linemen Phil Driscoll of Mankato State, David Devore of Frostburg State, and Steve Jacobsen of VPI, and linebackers Todd Benson of Maryland and Greg Wyly of North Carolina Central.
"This isn't exactly my favorite part of coaching," said Jauch, an hour after making the morning cuts. "But we have to get the roster down. We have to cut it down and concentrate on who really has a chance to make this team in order to practice well."
The Federals also announced the signing of running back James Mayberry. After completing his college career at Colorado in 1978, Mayberry was a third-round draft of the Atlanta Falcons. Playing three seasons with the Falcons, Mayberry gained 347 yards for a 4.3 average.
The Federals will hold an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the Gator Bowl. Former Redskin and Falcon Kim McQuilken appears to have a slim early lead in the race for the starting quarterback position. Fifth-round draft choice Mike Hohensee arrived in camp today. Hohensee, a quarterback from Minnesota, played in this year's Hula Bowl.
Monday, the rosters of the 12 USFL franchises will be cut to 70 players. graphics/photo: Craig James, the Federals' top draft choice, checks his pulse rate after a fitness test finishing up workout at team's camp in Jacksonville. A