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The Redskins' eight-man practice squad is now complete, as the team announced today that they have signed linebacker Mike Balogun to the squad.
Balogun spent the preseason with the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him after he went undrafted in the 2010 Draft. If you've heard his name, it's probably because he was ruled ineligible for his senior season at Oklahoma after it was revealed that he played in a semi-pro league. You also might know him because he's originally from Upper Marlboro. For more on Balogun, be sure to check out Matt Terl's post on Redskins Blog.
Balogun will join wide receiver Terrence Austin, offensive lineman Erik Cook, running back Ryan Torain, linebacker Rob Jackson, offensive lineman Selvish Capers, safety Anderson Russell and offensive lineman Will Robinson on the practice squad.
The Redskins draft strategy of trading for three seventh round draft picks in 2010 paid off to some degree. It's rare that a team would draft three players in the seventh round, but it's even more rare that all three players would remain a part of the organization. That is the case for the Redskins this year, as center Erik Cook will be joining fellow seventh rounders Terrence Austin and Selvish Capers on the team's practice squad, according a Redskins press release.
Cook was drafted out of the University of New Mexico and is versatile enough to play either guard or center on the offensive line. As a practice squad member, he'll help Washington's first-string defense prepare for their opponents each week. The team still has one slot remaining on the practice squad.
Add three more names to the Redskins' eight-man practice squad. The Washington Post is reporting that offensive lineman Selvish Capers, running back Ryan Torain and safety Anderson Russell will be placed on the practice squad.
All three cleared waivers today. They will join wide receiver Terrence Austin, linebacker Rob Jackson and offensive lineman Will Robinson.
The Redskins can still assign two more players to their practice squad.
The Redskins cut several players yesterday, but hoped to retain many of them to play on their eight-man practice squad, which is composed of players who can practice without being counted on the active roster. Those players needed to clear waivers first before they could officially be assigned to the practice squad.
As of right now, it appears three such players have cleared waivers: offensive lineman Will Robinson, linebacker Rob Jackon and wide receiver Terrence Austin.
Robinson confirmed the news on his Twitter account. The news on Austin comes courtesy John Keim of the Washington Examiner, while Paul Tenorio of the Washington Post was the one who first reported the news about Jackson.
Today's roster cuts from the Redskins included few surprises. While Willie Parker was the biggest name to perish, most moves were expected.
Two players who made the roster amid much lower expectations though were wide receiver Brandon Banks and tight end Logan Paulsen.
Banks is the prototypical journeyman, and prototypical punt returner in the NFL. Banks has had his share of ups and downs this preseason, famously returning one punt for a 77-yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills, but also fumbled twice during the team's four exhibitions. If nothing else, Banks is exciting. Many expected Banks to be cut from the roster due to his inconsistent ability to hold onto the ball, but he has a home run threat that few other players can provide.
Paulsen is an undrafted free agent out of UCLA. Known mostly as a blocking tight end, Paulsen made the roster due mostly to his strong play on special teams during the preseason.
After great delay, the Redskins have released their 53-man roster to begin the season. The final six cuts are Chad Rinehart, Robert Henson, Terrence Austin, Clint Oldenburg, Curtis Gatewood, and Bobby Wade.
Offensive lineman Chad Rinehart, one of the few holdovers remaining from the 2008 draft class, was previously expected to make the roster as the team was reportedly seeking trade options. Evidently, there wasn't a whole lot of trade interest as he was named to the team's cut list on their website today.
Linebacker Robert Henson was one of Washington's few standout players in the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the final preseason game Thursday night. Henson suffered an injury in that game however, which may have played a major roll in the the team's decision to waive him today.
Wide receivers Terrence Austin and Bobby Wade failed to make enough of an impact in the preseason and training camp to make the final roster. Many thought that Austin had outperformed the smaller Brandon Banks in the return game, but the Redskins elected to keep the speedy Banks and tight end Logan Paulsen over Austin and Wade.
Offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg and linebacker Curtis Gatewood, both first year professionals, were among those expected to be cut today.
It hasn't been a particularly good offseason for backup offensive lineman Chad Rinehart. It started with him getting arrested for public intoxication, and it seemingly ended with him not impressing the Redskins' staff. However, the Redskins have decided to keep him ... for now.
According to 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen, the Redskins will keep Rinehart on the roster, but "actively" look to trade him. I find it hard to believe they will get much value for Rinehart, but you never know.
Either way, it looks like this means another roster spot can be crossed off. We're down to the wire now.
The Washington Post’s Jason Reid is reporting CB Byron Westbrook will make the Redskins final 53-man roster.
Redskins sources: Special-teams standout Byron Westbrook is the fifth corner. Apparently, reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.
This comes on the heels of an inaccurate report earlier this week which stated Westbrook had been cut prior to the final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Westbrook is valuable for his special teams prowess and will see some time as the team’s fourth or fifth CB.
Meanwhile defensive lineman Darrion Scott has been released according to the Examiner’s John Keim.
And Redskins Insider is reporting QB Richard Bartel has been cut.
League source confirms Redskins have released quarterback Richard Bartel.
Bartel became expendable after the Redskins traded for John Beck and then signed Beck to an extension earlier this week.
It appears Roydell Williams can breathe easy. ESPN 980’s Chris Russell is reporting via Twitter that Williams “looks good” to make the Redskins final roster.
Also, told by a league source it “looks good” for WR Roydell Williams to be on #redskins. He practiced as well.
The Redskins are expected to keep six wide receivers according to Redskins Insider.
Three more Washington Redskins have just been guaranteed a job for the foreseeable future. Offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger, defensive end Jeremy Jarmon and linebacker Darrel Young have been retained by the Washington Redskins according to sources.
Via Rich Campbell:
As @granthpaulsen reported, Kory Lichtensteiger made the team. He was the most athletic backup G/C they had, IMO. #Redskins
Via Grant Paulsen:
Just got a text from Darrel Young, who has made the#Redskins. Converted LB said, "They kept me on the 53 man roster.'
Via Mike Jones:
I'm told Jeremy Jarmon has made the team. #Redskins
Also, via Grant Paulsen, safety Anderson Russell has been cut but will be added to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
There was a lot of talk that Devin Thomas, the other second-round wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft, would be on the chopping block. The Redskins already placed fellow draft disappointment Malcolm Kelly on injured reserve, and Thomas hadn't exactly impressed the Redskins' coaching staff either.
But in the end, Thomas is safe ... for now. He will make the Redskins' 53-man roster, according to Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star.
It remains unclear whether Thomas will have a high spot in the Redskins' pecking order at wide receiver. As of right now, it's hard to imagine he's ahead of Joey Galloway and Anthony Armstrong, two players that sat out the team's final preseason game. The Redskins are also rumored to be in the mix for T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was released by the Seahawks today. But based on talent alone, Thomas should be one of the key players on this team. It remains to be seen if he makes the most of that talent.
The Washington Redskins wide receiver depth chart is starting to look a little clearer as Brandon Banks just sent word to media members that he has been retained by the team.
Via Grant Paulsen's twitter,
And now the moment you've all been waiting for: Just got a text from Brandon Banks. "I made it." #Redskins
Also, as expected, Rich Campbell reports that the Redskins have released wide receiver Shay Hodge. Hodge was a longshot, at best, to make the final roster.
According to Washington Examiner's John Keim, the Redskins have released safety Tyrone Carter:
The #Redskins cut Tyrone Carter, per a league source. Heard they were going with 3 safeties to start the season.
With such little depth at the safety position, the Redskins must be confident that Kareem Moore will return to full strength sooner rather than later from arthroscopic surgery repairing a torn medical collateral ligament in his right knee.
Moore was expected to be out four to six weeks from the surgery performed back on August 23.
It's becoming clearer which players will make up the Redskins' offensive line next year, as two offensive linemen who were on the bubble have been released.
First things first, Will Robinson has been released, confirming the news on his Twitter account.
The grim reaper got me...on the wait and c approach
Second, Selvish Capers has also been cut, according to ESPN 980's Chris Russell. Russell is reporting Capers is hoping to hook on as a member of the Redskins' practice squad.
This news bodes well for guys like Stephon Heyer, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chad Reinhart and Erik Cook.
We already know of two Redskins who will be placed on the team's practice squad. Now, we know of two more.
Both players will have to clear waivers before being named to the practice squad.
NFL rules allow teams to keep eight players on the practice squad, so the Redskins still have four spots to fill there.
Signed in the middle of training camp to fill the void when fullback Mike Sellers went down with a pre-season injury, Carey Davis has been released by the Redskins.
According to Rich Campbell's twitter:
The #Redskins released fullback Carey Davis, I'm told. He was a late arrival in camp; signed after Mike Sellers' injury.
This move is a little surprising but might be an indication that the Redskins are confident that Sellers recovery is going smoothly. Also, since the only other fullback on the team besides Sellers is currently just Darryl Young, this might mean that Cooley is going to be lining up in the H back position a bit more this season.
UPDATE: According to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, the Redskins have traded cornerback Justin Tryon to the Indianapolis Colts. No news on what the Redskins received in return as of yet.
According to multiple sources, the Washington Redskins have released cornerback Justin Tryon as well as tight end Lee Vickers. Tryon had an uphill battle to make the team with the new coaching regime in place and he apparently didn't make enough of a good showing to impress Mike Shanahan. Its always a shame to see a good person like Tryon get cut, but a Darrell Green endorsement alone does not a good cornerback make.
Lee Vickers' departure opens the door for undrafted rookie Logan Paulson to make the 53 man final roster.
When the Redskins brought in both Larry Johnson and Willie Parker to compete with Clinton Portis, you knew it was probably unlikely that all three would make the team. Ultimately, that guess held true.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Redskins will release Parker today, clearing away Johnson's path to the roster.
Redskins informed RB Willie Parker today that he will be released. Looks like Larry Johnson makes it, Parker doesn't.
Parker is also changing agents, according to Schefter.
Parker often looked a step slower than Portis or Johnson, and his inability to also play special teams probably hurt his value. The news further increases the chances that Keiland Williams will make the team.
Rookie wide receiver Terrence Austin is a guy we've discussed a lot here on SB Nation D.C., because he's one of those players who was squarely on the roster bubble. A seventh-round draft pick this year, Austin has displayed a little bit of everything, whether it's crisp route-running, special teams play or punt returning.
In the end, though, the Redskins didn't quite think highly enough of him to place him on the active roster. Austin's agent just told 106.7 The Fan that Austin has been assigned to the practice squad, according to Scott Jackson.
Running back Ryan Torain, who also turned some heads during training camp, will also be placed on the practice squad, according to Jackson.
Both players must clear waivers first before they can officially be placed on the practice squad. The practice squad is open to eight players who do not take up roster spots and only practice with the team. Those players are free to sign with other teams to go on their active rosters, but they must sign within six days of a game (or ten days if teams have a bye). As for waivers, SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride has a good summation of how they work here.
This news is good for Brandon Banks and Keiland Williams, two players who were on the bubble for the active roster. They were fighting for a spot with Austin and Torain.
Today is the day NFL teams make their final roster cuts, and while the Redskins still have yet to announce their decisions, we already know of one player who will not make the team.
According to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, the team has cut cornerback Ramzee Robinson.
League source confirms release of CB Ramzee Robinson. He had a good camp. Still doesn't answer question of hom many CBs team will keep.
Robinson split time with Philadelphia and Cleveland last year after spending his first two NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions.
According to Adam Schefter, the Redskins have signed quarterback John Beck to a two-year, $2.25 million extension that will keep him with the franchise through the 2012 season.
The Redskins acquired Beck from the Ravens in August in exchange for cornerback Doug Dutch.
Rich Campbell tweeted that the deal was done last week, even though we are just finding out about it today.
The Washington Redskins may have gotten up to some hijinks with their trade involving recently-cut defensive lineman Hall Davis and a prior trade involving tight end Dennis Morris. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, both the Redskins and the St. Louis Rams are under investigation by the NFLPA for attempting to circumvent the little-known "85 percent" rule.
In layman's terms - any rookie that is drafted by an NFL team is owed 85 percent of his salary if subsequently cut by the team which drafted him. By trading Davis to the Redskins, and having him cut by Washington rather than St. Louis, the Rams save $272,00. Further, the Redskins will save the same $272,000 dollars owed to Morris, who was traded to the Rams earlier in the week and is also expected to be cut.
Obviously, money shenanigans are the last thing that Washington needs hanging over it's head, especially since owner Daniel Snyder continues to receive flak over his willingness to sue season ticket holders. If the Redskins are making trades in over to avoid paying a measly $272,000, while still employing Albert Haynesworth, I am going to be very disappointed in the organization.
It has been a confusing morning once again on Twitter, as a tweet by Adam Schefter that Byron Westbrook has been cut by the Redskins was openly questioned and then refuted by Rick Maese of the Washington Post.
Here is a taken transcript of what has happened thus far:
Many wanted RB Brian Westbrook to sign with Washington to play with brother Byron. But Redskins released Westbrook. No Wash Westbrooks now.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitterAdam Schefter
Now, obviously we are all a little sensitive about the accuracy of Twitter reporting since the Mike Wise firestorm that erupted earlier this week. Hopefully, Schefter just received some bad information from a source.
However, the problem with the original tweet for Schefter was that it stated that Westbrook had been released as a fact instead of a rumor. Hopefully, Schefter will resolve this situation sooner rather than later.
In what has to be one of the most interesting roster decisions one could imagine, the Redskins' final player cut of the day was Hall Davis, according to a team press release sent out via email.
Yes, that's the same Hall Davis the team acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Rams yesterday. Today was his very first practice with the team. I guess he didn't impress.
The Redskins are now down to the necessary 75 players after cutting Davis, offensive lineman Edwin Williams, long snapper James Dearth and linebacker Lendy Holmes, as well as placing wide receiver Malcolm Kelly on injured reserve. The rest of the NFL cuts must take place by this weekend.
The first wave of NFL cuts has come in across the league, and we know of three players that will no longer be a part of the Redskins' roster. Those three players are linebacker Lendy Holmes, offensive lineman Edwin Williams and long snapper James Dearth.
John Keim of the Washington Examiner was first to report that Holmes was cut, and Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fanwas first to report on Williams and Dearth. Holmes himself also confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Along with Malcolm Kelly, who was placed on injured reserve, those three players will not be a part of the Redskins 53-man roster. The Redskins still have to cut one more player by the end of the day.
Today is the first day for NFL teams to begin making cuts to their final roster. The Redskins, like other teams, must pair their roster down from 80 to 75 players by today, then cut down to 53 players by the weekend.
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