Maurice Harris seemed to be on a solid trajectory with the Redskins. He went from practice squad to active squad during the 2016 season, and in the 2017 offseason had strong sessions during OTAs and minicamp.
At one point, Harris looked like he could push Ryan Grant for the fourth receiver spot. Then, early in camp, Harris suffered a knee injury. He missed practice after practice, then preseason games.
Now, his time with the Redskins appears to be over. Multiple reports show Washington has released Harris.
That might mean the Redskins only keep five wideouts, allowing them more space for Nate Sudfeld or a fourth RB like Mack Brown. Josh Doctson, Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crwoder and Ryan Grant are roster certainties.
Harris was competing with Brian Quick and Robert Davis for a spot, or maybe the three players were competing for two spots. With Harris gone, the Redskins can keep Quick and Davis if they want.
Harris has more polish on his routes than the rookie Davis, and much better hands than the veteran Quick. This decision is about special teams.
Unable to provide much more than a backup punt returner on specials, Quick and Davis can both work in the gunner role on punt coverage and have the speed and size to play on kick coverage as well. Harris does not provide that.
In 10 games last season, Harris caught eight balls for 66 yards.
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