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The 53: Who benefits from Minnifield's departure?

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The 53: Who benefits from Minnifield's departure?

The Redskins announced yesterday that they have released rookie free agent cornerback Chase Minnifield. His agent said that he reinjured the same knee on which he had microfracture surgery earlier this year.It was reported last week that Minnifield had been placed on the physically unable to perform list. Other teams will have 24 hours to claim Minnifield. If, as his agent believes, he goes unclaimed he will revert to the Redskins injured reserve list.Whether the lands with the Redskins or with another team, Minnifield is unlikely to play in 2012. A good performance in minicamp had put him in solid position to win a roster spot. Since making an NFL roster is a zero sum game one players misfortune can be a good break for another one.Here is how I had things shaking out at cornerback when I did my roster prediction earlier this month:In: DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford, Chase Minnifield
Out: Kevin Barnes, Brandyn Thompson, Morgan TrentDavid Jones was signed to take Minnifields place on the roster and he, Barnes, Thompson and Trent will vie for that roster spot. In fact, you can put Crawford into the competition mix as well since he is far from a lock to make it. So that makes five players fighting for two jobs.So who has the edge? Trent and Jones have very similar backgrounds and resumes. They were born about three months apart in 1985 and both played for the Jaguars last season. They have similar builds; Trent is listed at 6-1, 193 and Jones is 6-0, 196. Both have been mostly part-time players for multiple teams during their NFL careers. They have proven to be just a guy, good enough to earn at least semi-regular NFL paychecks. It is unlikely that that either will become anything special.Perhaps the same can be said of Barnes. He was given the slot corner position last year and he struggled. The Redskins may be prepared to move on from Vinny Cerratos 2009 third-round draft pick.Crawford looked good in OTAs and minicamp and I think he has a good shot at holding on to a job. Im going to go with him and Thompson to take the last two spots. Thompson showed playmaking potential in the preseason last year but spent most of the year either on the practice squad or the bench. With an offseason program under his belt (there wasnt one last year due to the lockout) he could be ready for some playing time this year.On top of that, Crawford and Thompson are this regime's draft picks. They have shown a strong preference for keepint their guys.Of course, all of this could change when practice starts tomorrow. Perhaps Barnes will respond to the challenge and bring up his level of play a few notches. Maybe Trent or Jones will prove to be too valuable to release.We will see starting on Thursday.

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Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.

Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile. 

While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football. 

Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.  

Related: Kirk Cousins got some tips from an 85-year-old woman

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.

Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.

"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."

The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs. 

"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."

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