Sunday, September 05, 2010

Cut Day

Not to be

Coach wants to see you, bring your playbook

The Turk came back to the Redskins locker room this week, final cuts are in, training camp is a wrap, the regular season is here, no huge surprises in the lists of cuts, Brandon Banks and Anthony Armstrong both made it, Keiland Williams is also in, I personally thought Ryan Torain was a better option, they were very close. And the team is going with three quarterbacks.

Full list of cuts:

Round of 75 cuts, Tuesday 31 August 2010

OL Edwin Williams
S Lendy Holmes
LS James Dearth
LB Hall Davis

Offensive lineman Edwin Williams was an undrafted free agent signed after the 2009 draft, he made the roster as a backup center and guard, he played in three games last season including two starts in the right guard wood chipper at Philadelphia and at San Diego, both games were losses, Washington signed Kory Lichtensteiger in January to compete for the backup center position and Kory won out.

Safety Lendy Holmes was also an undrafted free agent signed following the 2009 draft (op. cit.), Lendy was released on Cut Day 2009 then re signed back to the practice squad, he was promoted to the regular roster following safety Chris Horton's torn toe ligament on 11 November 2009, he appeared in the final eight games last season mostly on special teams, the team signaled a lack of confidence in Lendy when safety Tyrone Carter was signed off the street following the injury to free safety Kareem Moore.

Veteran long snapper James Dearth was signed two weeks into training camp this year when the team wanted some competition for new incumbent Nick Sundberg.

Linebacker Hall Davis was acquired in trade from Saint Louis on Monday, had one practice and was cut, the union, the NFL Players Association is looking at this cut as a violation of the rule that says a team must pay a drafted rookie 85 percent of the rookie minimum of $310,000, it looks like tight end Dennis Morris was shipped out to Saint Louis to suffer the same fate.

WR Malcolm Kelly was placed on injured reserve to bring the total roster moves from this day to five.

Round of 53 cuts, Saturday 4 September 2010

WR Terrence Austin (signed to Redskins practice squad)
QB Richard Bartel
OL Selvish Capers (signed to Redskins practice squad)
S Tyrone Carter
OL Erik Cook (signed to Redskins practice squad)
FB Carey Davis
LB Curtis Gatewood
DL Howard Green
LB Robert Henson
WR Shay Hodge
DE/LB Rob Jackson (signed to Redskins practice squad)
OL Clint Oldenburg
TB Willie Parker
OL Chad Rinehart
CB Ramzee Robinson
OL Will Robinson (signed to Redskins practice squad)
S Anderson Russell (signed to Redskins practice squad)
DL Darrion Scott
TB Ryan Torain (signed to Redskins practice squad)
TE Lee Vickers
WR Bobby Wade

Receiver Terrence Austin was a seventh round draft pick that made some great plays in a training camp and preseason populated by a bunch of young, eager and unproven receivers, Terrence stood out particularly in the third and fourth games, although I thought he did enough to make the team, the brass must have thought they had all the five eleven receivers it needed on the roster in Anthony Armstrong, Joey Galloway and Santana Moss. Terrence was signed to the practice squad and something tells me we will see him on the roster at some point this season.

Quarterback Richard Bartel was signed by the Redskins back in November of 2009 to be the number three behind Jason Campbell and Todd Collins, after the team traded for John Beck who offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was supposably high on coming out of college, then gave him a contract extension, Richard was behind the eight ball. Richard has been with Dallas, Cleveland, Jacksonville and now Washington.

Linebacker Robert Henson started camp quietly amidst higher profile position player, Robert ended the preseason tackling everything in sight, he injured his knee at the end of the Cardinals preseason game four and was released with an injury settlement. Robert will most be remembered by Redskins fans as the dumbass that insulted Redskins fans.

Defensive end slash linebacker Rob Jackson is another of the sad 2008 draft class, he was a little used defensive end the past two seasons and was slated to convert to outside linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme. He did not turn many heads in camp though he was invited back to the practice squad.

Tailback Willie Parker did not distinguish himself in the three man race with Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson to carry the ball this season, Clinton simply looks terrific and while I did not think Larry was all that great shakes, Willie was definitely the third of three.

Offensive lineman Chad Rinehart, yet another member of the Redskins doomed 2008 draft, was never rated highly, did not play at all in 2008 and went into the grinder at right guard in 2009, he started two games then lost the spot and went all the way to the end of the bench, offensive line coach Joe Bugel lobbied hard to get Chad back in the game and he got another two games before being pulled again. I do not think the team was ever planning on keeping Chad.

Tackle Will Robinson was on the Redskins practice squad last season after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent with Seattle in 2008 and saw some action in the second half of the 2009 schedule as a reserve, the team likes his athleticism, Will is apparently very raw, he was signed back to the practice squad.

Two year veteran tailback Ryan Torain was never really dueling with Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson or Willie Parker, Ryan's main competition was rookie Keiland William, the team was never going to keep three backs with as much experience as Clinton, Larry and Willie and Keiland got the spot for the developing guy, Ryan was signed back to the practice squad.

Cornerback Justin Tryon, another misfit from the Redskins 2008 draft, was traded to the Colts for an as yet undisclosed draft pick to bring the total roster moves this day to 22.

Of the 34 players selected in the draft by the Redskins since 2006, fifteen or 44 percent are no longer with the team. If we extend only to include players on the active roster and not on the practice squad or injured reserve, the number jumps to 20 or 59 percent of players selected that are not in an immediate position to help the team.

Previous Cut Days: 2009 2008 2007 2006

Willie Parker in his final preseason game with the Redskins: Getty Images from here.