Monday, May 3, 2010

Redskins release five players

This is more of a quick link post than much of an analysis, but the Redskins released five players this morning, with two of the names being noteworthy -- to me, at least. The first three were running back Anthony Alridge, receiver James Robinson, and running back P.J. Hill. But the other two were a bit surprising: receiver Marko Mitchell and defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery.

As a seventh-round draft pick, Mitchell wasn't really expected to produce much or play much, and he really didn't do either of those. In 10 games, he had four catches for 32 yards. And, as the Redskins Insider post notes, Mitchell didn't play on special teams. So if he's not catching passes and isn't playing on special teams, what exactly is his role? The only shocking thing about Mitchell being cut is the promise he showed in preseason last year. Then again, it was just preseason, and apparently Mike Shanahan wasn't very impressed.

Montgomery is another late-round draft pick -- he was picked in the fifth round in 2006 -- but since the Redskins are switching to a 3-4 defensive alignment and have signed several linemen hoping that maybe one or two of them can contribute something, Montgomery was basically expendable.

I can't say that I saw either move coming, but in the grand scheme of things, they're relatively minor anyway.

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