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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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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 

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The Final Countdown: Josh Norman INT makes for Redskins 7th best play of 2016

The Final Countdown: Josh Norman INT makes for Redskins 7th best play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.

No. 7 best play of 2016

Redskins vs. Browns Week 4

6:37 left in Q4, Browns ball at their own 30, 2nd and 2, Redskins leading 24-20

Cody Kessler pass short middle intended for Terrelle Pryor INTERCEPTED by Josh Norman at CLV 25. Josh Norman to CLV 24 for 1 yard (Andre Hawkins).
PENALTY on WAS-J.Norman, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 15 yards, enforced at CLV 24.

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Tandler: Sometimes you have a great win, sometimes you dodge disaster. This one went in the latter category. The Redskins couldn’t quite shake the feisty Browns and Kessler for three and a half quarters. Then Norman stayed in Pryor’s hip pocket as the receiver ran a slat. Norman lunged in front of Pryor as the ball arrived and made the interception. He did draw a penalty for doing a bow and arrow celebration but the Redskins overcame that and drove in for the clinching touchdown in their 31-20 win.

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Finlay: Josh Norman was the story of the Redskins offseason, and this game came one week after playing, and beating, Odell Beckham in New York. The spotlight was burning bright on Norman, and he made a crucial play when the Skins really needed it. Washington got out to a big lead early in this game only to let the Browns climb back in, mainly on the strength of Isaiah Crowell and th Cleveland run game. Losing at home to an awful Browns team would have completely derailed the modicum of momentum Kirk Cousins and the 'Skins established with the Week 3 win over the Giants, and Norman's INT made sure that didn't happen. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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