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Redskins roster cuts tracker

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Redskins 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.

Hit the comments section for comments and questions. Scroll down the page for analysis of key cuts.

All transactions have been announced by the Redskins.

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[Related: Tandler and Tarik roster projections on offense, defense/specialists]

Players released: 17
Players to PUP/IR: 4
Transactions left to go: 1

(Players were released/waived unless otherwise noted)

  • RB Chris Thompson
  • RB Lache Seastrunk
  • RB Evan Royster
  • ILB Darryl Sharpton (IR)
  • S Phillip Thomas
  • CB Chase Minnifield
  • LB Everette Brown
  • K Zach Hocker
  • WR Nick Williams
  • DE Stephen Bowen (PUP)
  • OL Maurice Hurt
  • NT Chris Neild (IR)
  • Leonard Hankerson (PUP)

The final roster spot will come when Brandon Meriweather is added to the reserve/suspended list.

On Friday the Redskins announced that they had waived the following eight players:

  • CB Richard Crawford
  • OL Tevita Stevens
  • S Da'mon Cromartie-Smith
  • TE Ted Bolser
  • OL Kevin Kowalski
  • P Robert Malone
  • NT Robert Thomas
  • WR Lee Doss

Analysis of key transactions:

CB Richard Crawford--The 2012 draft pick never regained the form he had before suffering a torn ACL during a preseason game a year ago. The team was unsure of his status to begin with and they drafted Bashaud Breeland and signed Tracy Porter as a free agent. He is eligible for the practice squad and that is where he is likely to land.

TE Ted Bolser--A seventh-round pick this year, he seemed too raw to have a legitimate shot at making the roster. He's another practice squad candidate and he should be back to give it another go next season.

P Robert Malone--The Redskins signed him early on and he appeared to have the inside track since he punted for special teams coach Ben Kotwica with the Jets. But last night Malone got off a weak 31-yard punt while newcomer Tress Way boomed two for an average of 51 yards with solid hang time. That, plus reports that Way was booming the ball in practice, apparently led to Malone's release.

RB Chris Thompson--It looked like he may have played his way onto the roster with a good performance on Thursday. But his injury history had to play against him. A likely practice squad candidate.

RB Lache Seastrunk--Let this be a lesson to fans and media types alike--one play does not clinch a roster spot for a player. Many thought his 80-yard run after catching a short Colt McCoy pass was his ticket to the 53. But he still needs to polish up his route running and blocking skills and the Redskins likely hope he clears through to the practice squad.

RB Evan Royster--He was cut as a rookie (later returned from practice squad) and a lot of fans and pundits thought he'd be released last year. He survived but his lack of speed may have doomed him this time around.

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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