Update 12:25: The Washington Redskins on Saturday released 22 players to bring their roster to the NFL regular season limit of 53 by today’s league-mandated 4 p.m. deadline.
Among the most notable of the cuts ranks long-time Redskins Logan Paulsen, a blocking tight end and strong special teams contributor. The team also cut 13th-year veteran defensive end Cullen Jenkins, who had signed with the team on Monday and recorded a sack and a tackle for a loss in Wednesday’s preseason finale.
Notable players that survived the roster cuts: rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld, wide receiver Rashad Ross and safety/special teams standout DeShazor Everett.
As the roster currently stands, Washington has three quarterbacks, three running backs, three tight ends, six wide receivers, nine offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, nine linebackers, six cornerbacks, five safeties and three specialists (punter, kicker and long-snapper).
Things could always change as team officials scour the waiver wire for upgrades.
Some of the the players cut have a chance to return to the Redskins as members of the practice squad. Those players first must pass through waivers unclaimed, however, and then can sign with Washington after 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Original post 10:13 a.m.: The Washington Redskins have released tight end Logan Paulsen, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Paulsen, a seventh-year veteran, is among the 22 players that the team had to cut today in order to get the roster down to the regular season limit of 53 by the NFL’s deadline of 4 p.m.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2010, Paulsen served as one of the team’s core special teams contributors and a blocking tight end.
Paulsen missed all of last season after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe, but had returned to full strength by the time offseason practices started in the spring. However, he found himself at a deep position that features Jordan Reed, Niles Paul and offseason addition Vernon Davis. Paulsen spent training camp and the preseason working with the third unit. For his career, Paulsen started 42 of 75 games, recording 79 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns.
Despite his long tenure with the Redskins, Paulsen’s release didn’t come as much of a surprise. Paulsen himself had remarked earlier in the preseason that he hoped to either prove to Redskins officials that he could still play, or at least showcase his skills to another team if it didn’t work out in Washington.
Meanwhile, the team also cut defensive end Cullen Jenkins, who had just signed with the team on Monday, and recorded a sack and a tackle for a loss in Wednesday’s preseason game. And the team cut fifth-round draft pick Matt Ioannidis, a defensive end. The team is keeping long-time Redskin Kedric Golston and undrafted rookie Anthony Lanier, who had shown great promise during the preseason. Both are defensive linemen.
Ioannidis played defensive end at Temple and was working to make the transition to nose tackle and had struggled with consistency, but showed some promise. If he clears waivers, it’s a strong possibility that Ioannidis will sign to Washington’s practice squad.
The Redskins also have cut backup center Josh LeRibeus and instead will go with Austin Reiter, who had a strong game on Wednesday night and in his second offseason with the team has displayed growth. LeRibeus – a third-round pick in 2012 – started 11 games at center with Kory Lichtensteiger injured. But he struggled with consistency, particularly with his shotgun snaps, and had spent much of the preseason slotted fourth on the depth chart behind Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Reiter.
Reiter, a seventh-round pick in 2015, spent last season on the practice squad.
Washington also has released backup running back Mack Brown, who had competed with Rob Kelley for the final spot on that unit. Brown, who spent last season on Washington’s practice squad, averaged 3.9 yards per carry in the first three preseason games, then erupted for 149 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. However, that wasn’t enough to earn a roster spot over Kelley, an undrafted rookie out of Tulane, Redskins officials decided. A person familiar with the situation said that the Redskins do hope to re-sign Brown to their practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers, however.
Backup wide receivers Maurice Harris and T.J. Thorpe, cornerback Lloyd Carrington, linebackers Lynden Trail and Mike Wakefield, offensive linemen Nila Kasitati, Vinston Painter and Isaiah Williams, and defensive lineman Jerrell Powe are also among the players cut, according to people familiar with their situations.
Update 11:22 a.m.: The Redskins also have released rookie wide receiver Kendal Thompson, a person with knowledge of the situation said. The former college quarterback displayed promise during the preseason, recording a touchdown catch and a pass for a two-point conversion. The Redskins plan to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Defensive end Corey Crawford, who spent last season on the practice squad, also has been released.
Update 12:09 p.m.: The Redskins also have cut safety Geno Matias-Smith and cornerback Mariel Cooper, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Update 12:20 p.m.: The Redskins finalized their initial cuts by parting with fullback Joe Kerridge, tight end Marcel Jensen, offensive tackle Takoby Cofield and linebacker Carlos Fields. Cofield, Kerridge and Jensen all have practice squad eligibility and could return if they pass through waivers.
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