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Hailey: One thought on each of WFT's 27 recent roster cuts

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The Washington Football Team shaped its roster down from 80 players to 53 on Monday and Tuesday, meaning the club, like every other NFL franchise, made 27 cuts to begin the week.

Here is one thought one each of the players that the organization let go...

Peyton Barber: Washington will need to rely on either Antonio Gibson or Jaret Patterson to step in for short-yardage situations, but moving on from Barber in favor of Patterson makes the backfield more diverse. He was just too one-dimensional.

Beau Benzschawel: The 25-year-old didn't stand much of a chance to get by the veteran guards who shared the same uniform as him. 

Tony Brown: Brown appeared in one game and logged four snaps for Washington in 2020 at wideout, but his next pro appearance will have to come somewhere else.

Antonio Gandy-Golden: Gandy-Golden was certainly better in 2021 than he was in 2020, though the same can be said for the team's wide receiver depth as a whole. AGG was drafted after dominating at Liberty and notching some pretty impressive highlight-type catches, yet for Washington, he never looked to be that fluid of an athlete or that much of a threat on the outside.

Keith Ismael: Ismael joined Gandy-Golden as 2020 draft choices to be waived on Tuesday and appears to be an ideal fit for the practice squad unless another organization snaps him up first.


Danny Johnson: With Johnson gone, Ron Rivera will have to employ a different kick returner in 2021, because Johnson handled that role in 2020. Hopefully, the next one will be more explosive than Johnson, who averaged just 22 yards-per-return. 

Devaroe Lawrence: Lawrence had the unenviable task of trying to stick as a defensive tackle, a spot that's occupied by the likes of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle. 

William Bradley-King: Rivera chose to keep seventh-round edge rusher Shaka Toney over Bradley-King, likely because of Toney's presence on specials. Bradley-King is another practice squad candidate. 

Jordan Kunasyzk: The ex-Panthers linebacker saw 22 percent of Washington's special teams snaps last season but was never seriously in the running to return for another go-round.

Cole Luke: Luke started off strong at camp but faded soon thereafter. Rivera and Jack Del Rio simply had too many other options to fill out their secondary.

Wes Martin: Martin goes from 2020 Week 1 starter to 2021 cut. After opening as the first-string left guard, he was quickly replaced by Wes Schweitzer, and since that move, it has been hard to envision him remaining on the WFT.

David Mayo: Mayo's a linebacker who came over to Washington from the Giants to primarily contribute on specials, but his tenure with his second NFC East employer has concluded after just a couple of months.

Steven Montez: A rough preseason bumped Montez completely out of the quarterback picture. It's probable that Rivera finds a replacement passer for Montez to put on his practice squad.

Jimmy Moreland: Moreland was arguably the biggest surprise in this batch, especially because Rivera seemed to truly appreciate the spark he provided the defense and also due to the way he improved in 2020. That said, his hefty playing time against the Ravens on Saturday hinted that perhaps his place on the roster wasn't as stable as it was assumed to be. 

Jared Norris: Like Kunasyzk and Mayo, Norris is a limited linebacker with connections to Rivera and Carolina who is now searching for another gig. With those three ousted, Washington has just four players to use in the middle of the defense, so expect the personnel department to bolster that area in the coming days.

Jeremy Reaves: Rivera has often spoken about how dropping Reaves last year was difficult, and in turn, how much he enjoyed ultimately watching Reaves rise from the practice squad (where he landed after cuts) and contribute at safety during Washington's burst to the postseason. Unfortunately for Reaves, Landon Collins' speedy recovery plus Bobby McCain's and Darrick Forrest's arrivals were too much to overcome.

Bunmi Rotimi: Rotimi was hoping to join Taylor Heinicke as Old Dominion products to play for Rivera.


David Sharpe: The reserve tackle was acquired last summer in a trade with the Raiders and was thought to be a backup piece with decent upside. However, an extended stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list this July and August set him back in the battle along the offensive line.

David Steinmetz: Steinmetz got into a wild fight with Bradley-King at practice a couple of weeks ago. Other than that, he didn't do anything too memorable up front.

Linden Stephens: Frankly, it never felt like Stephens was anything other than a camp body.

Jon Toth: If football doesn't work out for Toth, he does have a modeling career he can fall back on.

Joe Walker: Walker has suited up for double-digit games in each of his four campaigns since entering the NFL in 2017. For that trend to continue, he'll have to latch on elsewhere.

Caleb Wilson: Wilson was the 2019 Draft's Mr. Irrelevant after being the last pick in the event. He's still waiting to haul in his first-ever reception at tight end, where Sammis Reyes did enough to outlast him. Ricky Seals-Jones did as well.

Jonathan Williams: Williams was simply a non-factor in the running back competition. 

Daniel Wise: Wise came on late as he tried to convince Rivera to keep him as Washington's fourth defensive end behind Chase Young, Montez Sweat and James-Smith Williams. A practice squad deal should be in his future shortly.

Gabe Wright: See what was written above about Devaroe Lawrence.

Isaiah Wright: Wright went from undrafted out of Temple to a receiver who was on the field for a third of the offensive plays in 2020, but his path toward hanging around for another year was closed down once Washington addressed that part of coordinator Scott Turner's unit in March and April with some strong moves.