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Redskins 2015 roster cuts tracker

Redskins 2015 roster cuts tracker

The Redskins have started the process of reducing their roster down to 53 players. We are tracking every move right here, keeping you updated on who’s in and who’s out.

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Starting out the Redskins needed to make 22 moves to reduce the roster from 75 to 53.

Players released: 21
Players to IR:
Players to suspended list: 1
Transactions left to go: 0

All moves have been announced by the Redskins.

(Players were released/waived unless otherwise noted)

Updated: 9/5/15 4:00 p.m.

  • CB Bashaud Breeland (will be moved to suspended list)
  • LB Sage Harold
  • WR Reggie Bell
  • WR Colin Lockett
  • RB Mack Brown
  • TE D.J. Williams--Injury settlement
  • C Austin Reiter
  • S Akeem Davis--Injury settlement
  • OL Tyler Larsen
  • OT Takoby Cofield
  • TE Je'Ron Hamm
  • RB Trey Williams
  • ILB Terrance Plummer
  • OLB Houston Bates
  • CB Quinton Dunbar
  • FB Jordan Campbell (designated as injured)
  • DE Corey Crawford
  • DB DaMon Cromartie-Smith (injury settlement)
  • DL Travian Robinson
  • WR Evan Spencer (designated as injured)
  • DL Robert Thomas
  • TE D.J. Williams (with injury settlement)

2:30 p.m.--According to some reports and a few tweets, Rashad Ross has made the Redskins. He just played too well in the preseason for the team to let him go even though he will be inactive most game days, at least for now. With the Redskins keeping just two tight ends, the door could be open for them to keep seven receivers. That would leave room for Evan Spencer, who is good on special teams.

2:20 p.m.--CB Deshazor Everett has been told he will make the team. The undrafted rookie played well on special teams and in coverage. He could be a temporary hire, however, When Breeland returns from his one-week suspension after the Miami game someone will have to go and it could be Everett.

12:45 p.m.--Bates and Plummer were both popular dark horse picks due to strong performances during the preseason. Bates' departure is good news for Jackson Jeffcoat, who like has made the team as the fourth outside linebacker. The Redskins are now down to eight linebackers on the roster; that's one short of where they probably want to be. They have special teams needs and linebackers have the right combination of size and speed to fill those spots. The Redskins could look at the waiver wire to add an experienced player.

12:40 p.m.--Trey Williams is an interesting running back with big-play ability. Many are concerned that he will be claimed by another team after being cut because that home-run ability. But he is undersized (5-7), went undrafted, averaged a pedestrian 4.1 yards per carry in the preseason and didn't break any long runs. He could get claimed but it's not a bad gamble if they do want him on the practice squad for more development.

12:20 p.m.--The offensive line is beginning to take shape. As of right now there are 10 linemen on the roster. Tom Compton and Ty Nsekhe are the backup tackles. Compton has been lining up as a blocking tight end so it appears that his roster spot is safe. Will he be the swing tackle or will the journeyman Nsekhe grab a spot?

6:10 a.m.--Reiter is the first draft pick to to go. The center never got much traction and at times he seemed to be the fourth-string center. Josh LeRibeus, a 2012 third-round pick at guard, worked to learn center well enough to be trusted as Kory Lichtensteiger's backup. Reiter could be a practice squad candidate although according to reports that has not been discussed with him.

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Need to Know: Redskins’ Friday draft picks could be just as vital to success as first-rounder

Need to Know: Redskins’ Friday draft picks could be just as vital to success as first-rounder

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 23, four days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 10
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 31
—Training camp starts (7/27) 95
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 140

In search of someone, anyone, to stop the run

One of the areas the Redskins needed to improve last year was their rushing defense on first down. In 2015, they gave up 5.0 yards per carry on first down. That was the worst performance in the league. It’s pretty tough to play defense when a handoff makes it second and five. The Saints, who had a historically bad defense that year, were second, fiving up 4.8 yards a pop.

Well, it was no better for the Redskins defense in 2016. Again, they gave up 5.0 yards per carry on first down, again the worst performance in the league.  Remember, this is on first down, when teams are most likely to run.

The Redskins’ problems on third down were well known. They were dead last in the league allowing first downs on 46.6 percent of third-down attempts. For context, an average performance on third down is allowing about 38 percent and the best teams are around 35 percent.

That doesn’t tell the whole story, however. The Redskins weren’t very good at getting teams to third down. They allowed first downs on 33.8 percent of their opponents’ second-down plays. That put them in the bottom third of the league. Again, you don’t have to look too hard to connect the dots to link that back to the five yards per rushing play on first down. Second and five is a piece of cake most of the time.

You don’t need an advanced degree in statistical analysis to figure out that the Redskins defense isn’t going to get much better if they can’t stop teams from running the ball on first down.

It’s easy to point to the defensive line, which has not been very good, and say that the problem is there. That certainly has something to do with it. But the Redskins didn’t have a very good D-line in 2014 and they allowed 4.1 yards per first-down rushing attempt, a performance that was right at the league average.

The factor that was common in 2015 and 2016 and was different in 2014 was the defensive coordinator. It’s possible that opposing teams found a flaw to exploit in Joe Barry’s scheme that wasn’t there in Jim Haslett’s (which surely had flaws in other places).

But X’s and O’s can only get you so far. The Redskins will be looking to take a defensive lineman early and perhaps use an additional pick or two at the position later in the draft. While getting one who can rush the passer would be a plus, they need a run stuffer who can take snaps on first down and bottle up the ground game.

The focus in the draft will be on the first-round pick but, as has been discussed here many times, that pick is unlikely to be a defensive lineman. There isn’t likely to be one at 17 who would represent good value. That could mean that the Redskins’ second- or third-round pick, perhaps an interior lineman like Caleb Brantley of Florida, Larry Ogunjobi of Charlotte, or Montravius Adams of Auburn, is just as important to the team’s success as the first-round pick.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 22, five days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 20
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 32
—Training camp starts (7/27) 96
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 141

The Redskins week that was

Redskins full 2017 schedule released—Even with the Caps and Wizards in full playoff mode, the DMV stops to take a look and see when the Redskins will be playing. The Thanksgiving game was surprising. It’s another working day but I worked at various places since I was 14 and last year was the first time I’ve had to work on Thanksgiving so I can’t complain too much about working two in a row. It’s a small price to pay for having the best job in the world.

Don't count out any RB for Redskins at 17—Yeah, I know that NFL teams aren’t supposed to take running backs in the first round any more. But that is one of those trends that comes and goes. In 2013 and 2014 there were no RBs taken in the first. Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott in the last couple of years began to shift the thinking. If the Redskins think that Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey can help them win games more than any other player on the board they should pull the trigger.

Rise of Patrick Mahomes could bring big payoff for Redskins—It seems likely that quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky will be taken before the Redskins pick at No. 17 goes on the clock. That means that two players in whom the Redskins might be interested will be available, pushed back by the quarter backs. Could Mahomes, out of Texas Tech, push a third player back to Washington. The buzz is that a team might grab him in the first half of the first round.

The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017—When I started pulling the numbers for this post I thought I’d find more key players with salaries of under $1 million. I only found three and one of them is the kicker. This means that they don’t have very many late-round or undrafted players who are contributing a lot of value. They need more out of players like Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis and Maurice Harris. That is how a team thrives in the salary cap era. A couple of Saturday picks could make or break this draft.

Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often—There are a lot of ways the first 16 picks of this draft can work out. It seems almost certain that everyone’s favorite first-round pick, a stud defensive lineman, won’t be a realistic option on the board. This could send things in an odd direction for the Redskins. It’s fun to do a mock and I’ll do one or two more prior to draft day but there are too many variables to think that it has a high degree of accuracy. 

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