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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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True or false: The Redskins will carry four tight ends on the roster

True or false: The Redskins will carry four tight ends on the roster

True or false: The Redskins will carry four tight ends on their roster this year.

Rich Tandler: True

The Redskins added a tight end to a roster that had four experienced players at the position already on it. But, make no mistake, fifth-round selection Jeremy Sprinkle was not a “luxury” pick.

Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are both stone cold locks to make the roster. They are the pass catchers who are expected to combine for perhaps 1,500 yards and at least a dozen touchdowns.

The third tight end could be Niles Paul, a veteran who has battled injuries the last two years. He appears to be healthy and if he stays that way he can play tight end, be the fullback on the six or eight snaps per game the Redskins use one, and be a strong contributor on special teams.

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Sprinkle can fill a role that those three can’t—blocking tight end. Jay Gruden had to put tackle Ty Nsekhe on the field when they needed a three-tight end set. That made the job of the defense easier with essentially four eligible receivers to deal with.

With a well-defined role for each player, it would make perfect sense for the Redskins to carry four tight ends on the 53-man roster rather than the customary three. Of course, if they carry four at tight end they have to go with one fewer player elsewhere. They will find a spot.

Running back seems to be the logical place to go for that spot. If they keep, say, Mack Brown as the fourth running back, you then have a player without a defined role. He’s the backup to the backup to the backup. Sure, he can do special teams, but not as well as Paul.

Perhaps if you want to keep Brown you let go of Paul with his recent injury history and his $2.2 million cap number in mind. Or you can let Sprinkle get some seasoning on the practice squad.

But I think that the Redskins drafted Sprinkle with the plan to keep four tight ends. If they are going to go with their best, most versatile 53 that is what they will do.

JP Finlay: False

Man, this is tough. If you asked me this in May, I thought Niles Paul would be caught in a roster crunch. After watching the guys on the field through OTAs and minicamp, this decision becomes much harder. 

Paul played well in those sessions, showed no rust from the injuries and impressed regardless what quarterback he was paired up with. Sprinkle looked like a rookie with a lot to learn, and while he's really big, he still seemed like his upper body could fill out in the NFL. 

In a vacuum it's easy to say the Redskins should keep four tight ends. Like Tandler laid out above, Reed and Davis are roster locks. Paul can help in a ton of spots, and Sprinkle should evolve into the blocking tight end for the jumbo set. 

But NFL rosters aren't made in vacuums. To keep a fourth tight end, the Redskins will have to make a cut, and Tandler suggested Mack Brown could be the guy. I don't see that happening. Jay Gruden and Randy Jordan speak glowingly about Brown. 

This will be a fun roster spot to watch, but in June, before any injuries or the competition of training camp, I think the Redskins keep Reed, Davis and Paul. Then they really, really hope they can sneak the rookie Sprinkle to their practice squad.

Washington has not kept three healthy tight ends on their roster in the last few seasons, and if that trend continues, Sprinkle would make the NFL roster before the end of the year. Keeping four tight ends just isn't a luxury the Redskins have, especially keeping three quarterbacks like they're expected to do. 

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Standouts and scrubs: Looking at Bruce Allen's track record with quarterbacks

Standouts and scrubs: Looking at Bruce Allen's track record with quarterbacks

Much can be learned looking to the past, at least that's what thousands of college students hear every fall when they sit down for History 101. Assuming the premise is true, perhaps something can be learned from looking back at Bruce Allen's tenure across the NFL and the quarterbacks that started for those teams. 

A refresher: Allen worked with the Raiders and Bucs before coming to the Redskins. Allen started with the Raiders in 1995, and worked his way up through the front office, earning the NFL's Executive of the Year award in 2002. He left the Raiders to work with Jon Gruden in Tampa in 2004, after the pair experienced much success together with the Raiders. Tampa fired Allen in 2008, and he came to work with the Redskins in 2010. 

His tenure with the Raiders showcased the best QB find in his file: Rich Gannon. Before coming to Oakland, Gannon earned the journeyman title, starting 58 games over 11 seasons for the Chiefs, Vikings and, yes, the Redskins.

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Once Gannon and Gruden worked together, everything clicked. The Raiders started winning games and Gannon started to pile up impressive offensive stats. He was the quarterback when Oakland lost the infamous 'Tuck Rule' playoff game against New England, and won an NFL MVP award in 2002 while guiding the Raiders to the Super Bowl (which they lost to a Jon Gruden coached Tampa team). 

Gannon was a find, undoubtedly. Beyond that, Allen's resume on quarterbacks gets pretty ugly.

In fact, Kirk Cousins would probably rank as the second best QB of all Bruce Allen teams. In Tampa, the quarterback position was a revolving door, and included luminaries (sarcasm font) like Chris Simms, Brian Griese and Bruce Gradkowski. The Bucs added Jeff Garcia in 2007, and he had some success, but was 37 years old at that point. 

Once he got to Washington, the Redskins trotted out a collection of subpar passers like a past-his-prime Donovan McNabb, a-never-actually-good John Beck and Rex Grossman. Rex needs no introduction. 

In 2012, the Redskins quarterback fortunes changed. The team made a very aggressive trade to draft Robert Griffin III. RG3 was supposed to be the franchise savior, and for much of his rookie season, that plan seemed to be working. 

Injuries and infighting ruined Griffin's time with the Redskins, and opened the door for 2012 fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins to emerge. 

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Now, in 2017, Cousins has twice broken the Redskins single season passing yards record and cemented himself as a quality NFL starter. His long-term future with the organization remains uncertain, as Cousins will play this season on a one-year contract and the prospect of a multi-year contract seems slim. 

It's hard to draw too many conclusions looking the quarterbacks throughout Allen's tenure. Before Gannon in Oakland, the Raiders tried a variety of other journeyman QBs (Jeff Hostetler, Jeff George). One could argue they got lucky with Gannon, or that the organization brought out his best tools. Either way it's a positive grade.

In Tampa, the results look much worse. On paper, it seemed the Bucs tried to get cheap, available quarterbacks and make them work, believing strongly in their offensive system. It didn't work. 

In Washington, particularly during the Grossman/Beck season, it seemed the Redskins tried a similar approach. That ended in 2012 with the trade for RG3. The Redskins paid up big time, in the form of draft picks. 

Now it's arguable that a deal with Cousins can even be reached, but if that does happen, it will be because the Redskins pay up. Recent history doesn't suggest it, but this situation has never presented itself either. Cousins is a fourth-round pick that emerged after a few volatile seasons to establish himself as a Top 15 NFL starter.

There's no lesson for that in the history books. 

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