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2018 Redskins Roster Cuts: Redskins cuts to make 53-man roster

2018 Redskins Roster Cuts: Redskins cuts to make 53-man roster

The following players were removed from the roster today to get the Washington Redskins to 53 players. The players were waived or released unless otherwise indicated. 

2018 Redskins roster transactions:

  • WR Shay Fields
  • LB Jerod Fernandez (First reported by Ben Standig, Sports Capitol DC)
  • WR Dan Williams (Standig) 
  • OL Kendall Calhoun 
  • TE Matt Flanagan (Standig)
  • TE J.P. Holtz
  • S Quin Blanding
  • LB Casanova McKinzy
  • OT John Kling
  • LB Vontae Diggs (Craig Hoffman, 106.7 The Fan)
  • OL Isaiah Williams (John Keim, ESPN)
  • LB Pete Robertson (Keim)
  • G Kyle Kalis
  • OL T.J. Clemmings (Keim)
  • CB Prince Charles Iowrah (Keim)
  • DL Jo Jo Wicker (Standig)
  • RB De’Veon Smith (Les Carpenter, Washington Post)
  • TE Garrett Hudson (Hoffman)
  • WR Brian Quick (Keim)
  • RB Kapri Bibbs (Ian Rapoport, NFL Media)
  • OL Demetrius Rhaney
  • QB Connor Jessop (Carpenter)
  • DL Phil Taylor (Matthew Paras, Washington Times)
  • ILB Martrell Spaight (Keim)
  • DL Ondre Pipkins
  • QB Kevin Hogan
  • WR Simmie Cobbs
  • WR Darvin Kidsey
  • S Kenny Ladler
  • LB Dadi Nicolas
  • OT Timon Parris
  • DB Ranthony Texada
  • OL Tyler Catalina (injured reserve)
  • DE Stacy McGee (PUP list)
  • CB Josh Holsey (Non-football injury list)
  • DE Dante Sawyer
  • S Fish Smithson

 

—ILB Martrell Spaight becomes the first Redskins draft pick from any year to get cut. He was a fifth-round pick in 2015 but he lost out to Zach Vigil in the competition at inside linebacker. 

—CB Danny Johnson accepted congratulation on making the 53-man roster so we can assume that he is in. His inclusion on the roster has seemed likely ever since the team released veteran CB Orlando Scandrick during training camp. 

—A lot of people thought that RB Kapri Bibbs had played his way onto the roster and that Samaje Perine had played his way off with some fumbling problems. But it appears that Perine is now safe after the news that Bibbs has been released. 

Youth prevails at wide receiver for the Redskins

—The release of WR Brian Quick is good news for those who wanted undrafted WR Cam Sims to make the roster. In fact, Keim reported that Sims had made the team. 

—Jay Gruden had high praise for LB Pete Robertson early in training camp and he deserved it as he was all over the field. But he didn’t show as well during the preseason games and the writing seems to be on the wall. He has practice squad eligibility. 

LB Jerod Fernandez was the only Redskins player who had more than one sack during the preseason. He is a solid practice squad candidate. 

TE J.P. Holtz became a trendy pick to make the 53 after he did a good job at fullback, especially lead blocking for Adrian Peterson. It seems that if the Redskins think that they need a fullback they will go out and acquire an actual fullback. 

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That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together

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That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together

Thanks to Antonio Brown, we have the hopes and dreams of a splashy off-season for the Washington Redskins in one tidy four-second video.

Brown, the NFL’s best receiver, is angling for a trade out of Pittsburgh.

Kyler Murray is the reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback and a projected 2019 first round pick.

During the NFC Championship game, the Steelers wide receiver tweeted out a clip of him hauling in a deep pass from the University of Oklahoma product. Yes, that’s going to draw some eyeballs, perhaps especially from fans of a team with quarterback uncertainty and lacking offensive playmakers.

Another OU standout, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown”, joined his cousin Antonio and Murray for the workout. This isn’t the first time all three shared a field.

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Marquise Brown, a true speed threat, could become the first wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft.

There’s no way for the Redskins to land all three. Even two seems highly unlikely considering the two prospects are projected first-round selections and acquiring Brown would cost a No. 1 and plenty more. It’s still cool to dream. Considering the quarterback concerns with Alex Smith, Jamison Crowder entering free agency and the need for more pieces regardless, even landing one of them would work.

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Report: Dan Snyder was leading Redskins pursuit of Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams

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Report: Dan Snyder was leading Redskins pursuit of Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams

Despite speaking with a number of hot candidates on the job market, the Redskins did not make a change at defensive coordinator. Greg Manuksy will remain in that role.

That doesn't mean the team didn't try, as multiple reports showed that Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams were priority targets for Washington. 

On Sunday, a CBS Sports report from Jason La Canfora said that Redskins owner Dan Snyder was the driver in pursuit of first Bowles and then Williams. The story also points out that the Redskins owner was leading the effort, not head coach Jay Gruden.

The story says Snyder put the 'full-court press' on Bowles and offered to make him the highest paid coordinator in the NFL. 

When Bowles decided to go to Tampa and work with Bruce Arians, Snyder turned his focus to Williams. From the story:

Williams and Snyder have a strong relationship from his years serving as coordinator there under Joe Gibbs, and his previous head coaching experience, in Buffalo and Cleveland, also made him attractive. The team set up a formal visit and interview with Williams after he was let go as the Browns interim head coach, but the sides never met. 

La Canfora also contends that Snyder making aggressive pushes for both Bowles and Williams might not be good news for Jay Gruden in 2020.

The 'Skins head coach has two years left on his contract that pays him $5 million per year. Gruden has been assured he will remain the head coach for 2019, but few NFL coaches work in the last year of their deal. A 'lame duck' year for Gruden would come in 2020 unless the team and coach agree to another contract extension. 

The Redskins have not made the playoffs in the last three seasons, and have not won a playoff game in over a decade.

If Snyder is frustrated, he has reasons for it. 

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