Saturday, September 5, 2009

Redskins announce cuts, final roster

Courtesy of Redskins Insider's Jason Reid, here are the players who fell short of making the Redskins' 53-man roster:

Robbie Agnone, Anthony Alridge, Jeremy Bridges, Scott Burley, Alex Buzbee, Chase Daniel, Antonio Dixon, Dominique Dorsey, Doug Dutch, Keith Eloi, Cody Glenn, D.J. Hackett, Lendy Holmes, Rob Jackson, Dave Rayner, Rueben Riley, Trent Shelton, J.D. Skolnitsky, Robert Thomas, Eddie Williams, and Darrel Young.

And Cindy Boren provides a list of the 53 players on the roster (not a depth chart):

The Offense

Quarterbacks (2)
Jason Campbell, Todd Collins

Running Backs (4)
Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Marcus Mason

Fullback (1)
Mike Sellers

Tight Ends (3)
Chris Cooley, Todd Yoder, Fred Davis

Wide Receivers (5)
Santana Moss, Malcolm Kelly, Antwaan Randle El, Devin Thomas, Marko Mitchell

Linemen (10)
Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Randy Thomas, Stephon Heyer, Mike Williams, Chad Rinehart, Will Montgomery, Edwin Williams, D'Anthony Batiste

The Defense

Linebackers (6)
London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, Rocky McIntosh, H.B. Blades, Chris Wilson, Robert Henson

Defensive Backs (10)
LaRon Landry, Reed Doughty, Kareem Moore, Chris Horton (safeties); DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, Justin Tryon, Fred Smoot, Kevin Barnes, Byron Westbrook (cornerbacks)

Linemen (9)
Phillip Daniels, Cornelius Griffin, Albert Haynesworth, Andre Carter, Jeremy Jarmon, Renaldo Wynn, Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston, Lorenzo Alexander

Special Teams (3)

Place Kicker
Shaun Suisham

Hunter Smith

Long Snapper
Ethan Albright

A few quick thoughts:

1) Carrying two quarterbacks on the roster, at least for the time being, is a little risky, but it makes sense. Barring injury, Campbell is the No. 1 guy this season. If something happens to either Campbell or Collins, the Redskins can find a free agent quarterback somewhere or just promote Daniel from the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers. Carrying two quarterbacks also allows the Redskins to carry an extra cornerback (Westbrook), which provides some flexibility if Rogers can't get healthy.

2) I think it's great that Mason made the team, but I don't really understand what his role will be. Sure, he's just a third- or fourth-string running back and won't play much unless injuries occur, but what's his upside? He can't play on third downs because he can't block, and he's not a change-of-pace back. I'll admit that I don't know much about Mason or Alridge because of their limited time on the field, but at least Alridge seemed to have some different talents that the Redskins could have utilized better. But anyway, if Portis and Betts are both fine, it won't really matter.

3) Mitchell obviously deserved a spot on the team, and he may end up on the field more than Thomas.

4) I'm surprised that Wynn made the team, but still, the depth on the defensive line is very solid.

5) Suisham's days are numbered. It's great that he beat out Rayner by making a few kicks in the preseason, but he needs to improve dramatically -- immediately -- or he should be booted out of town. The Bucs released Matt Bryant today, and if he's healthy, the Redskins should consider giving him a shot. After all, he was 32-38 (84.2 percent) on field goals last year; Suisham was 26-36 (72.2 percent).

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